What is an audiophile pressing?
Well, in a nutshell, it’s an audio format pressed to help enhance the sound quality, be that on vinyl or Compact Disc.
The idea being the heavier the vinyl pressing, the better. There have been pressings released from 120 up to 200 Gram in weight, usually the 200 Gram will play at 45rpm providing a better audio experience, instead of the standard 33 1/3rpm.
Compact Discs have various different formats, gold was used in the earlier pressing as it supposedly provided a better a clearer sound reproduction.
Mobile Fidelity are known for being one of the leaders in producing vinyl and CDs of an audiophile grade, with the original releases now highly collectable.
We now have Super Audio CDs, SHM-CD providing a high-fidelity-audio, Blu-Spec CDs using Blu-ray technology, along with DVD-Audio using DVD technology, both providing surround sound audio.
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
SILVERCHAIR Frogstomp (2022 UK/EU limited edition double album 2-LP pressed on 180-gram Crystal Clear Vinyl with three sides of music and an exclusive ‘Frog Photoprint Image’ on side four. The legendary debut album from the Australian post-grunge rockers, released in 1995 when they were just 15 years old! Including Tomorrow, Pure Massacre and vinyl-only track Blind. Individually numbered deluxe gatefold ‘leather laminate finish’ picture sleeve, with printed inners andgold hype sticker. Highly recommended).
FREDDIE HUBBARD Breaking Point (Blue Note Tone Poet Series limited edition 5-track LP mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio from the original analogue tapes, plated and pressed on 180-gram vinyl at RTI. Recorded in May 1964 shortlyafter Hubbard had departed Art Blakey’s Jazz Messengers this five-song set features his new quintet with James Spaulding on alto sax & flute, Ronnie Mathews on piano, Eddie Khan on bass, and Joe Chambers on drums. On the stunning title track alone the band shifts from free-form exploration into a playful Calypso and back with ease! High quality gatefold picture sleeve replicating the original artwork, hype sticker & factory sealed. Essential).
DIRE STRAITS Money For Nothing (2022 UK/EU limited edition 12-track double album 2-LP, originally released in October 1988 and featuring songs from their first five albums. Fully remastered by Bob Ludwig and cut by Bernie Grundman, pressed on 180-gram black vinyl, this vinyl reissue includes Telegraph Road (Live Remix) which was previously only available on the original CD format, and a brand new mix of Portobello Belle (Live). The album is cut over four sides of vinyl forthe first time and the original artwork has been reproduced as a single pocket wide-spine picture sleeve, with original inner artwork presented as a 12″ x 12″ double-sided insert. Hype sticker & factory sealed. Recommended).
BILL EVANS TRIO Trio ’65 (Acoustic Sounds Verve Series limited ediiton 8-track LP mastered by Ryan K. Smith at Sterling Sound from the original analogue tapes, pressed on 180-gram vinyl at Quality Record Pressings. Evans is joined hereby bassist Chuck Israels and drummer Larry Bunker for this 1965 recording, including the heart-wrenching Who Can I Turn To? alongside If You Could See Me Now and Johnny Carisi’s Israel. High quality gatefold picture replicating the original artwork, hype sticker and factory sealed. Essential).
DAVID BOWIE The Rise And Fall Of Ziggy Stardust (50th Anniversary UK/EU limited edition 11-track LP Half Speed Mastered, cut on a Neumann VMS80 lathe from restored masters of the original Trident Studios master tapes, with no additional processing or transfer. Picture sleeve replicting the original front cover artwork, now with integral obi, ‘Official Bowie’ hype sticker & factory sealed. Recommended).
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