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.
NEIL YOUNG WITH CRAZY HORSE Toast (2022 UK/EU limited edition 3-sided double album 2-LP, the near-mythical 2001 studio album recorded in San Francisco with Crazy Horse. Mastered from the original analogue tapes this represents Disc 09 in the Neil Young Archives Special Release Series and features seven songs across 3 sides, with an exclusive etching on side 4. Gatefold picture sleeve with clear hype sticker, factory sealed).
THE BEATLES Please Please Me (2014 UK limited edition 14-track ‘The Beatles In Mono’ remastered audiophile LP pressed on heavyweight 180 gram vinyl, newly mastered from the analogue master tapes, housed in picture sleeve which replicates the original 1963 artwork and has black & gold label design with ‘Mastering Notes…’ booklet. This example remains factory sealed in the original hype- stickered shrink).
RAGE AGAINST THE MACHINE Rage Against The Machine (2013 UK/EU ‘Music On Vinyl’ limited edition 10-track LP pressed on Translucent Red Vinyl, originally released in 1992, includes the single Killing In The Name. This is an exclusive pressing for Whatrecords, this issue was produced with a pressing faults on about 230 copies during the songs Township Rebellion and Freedom. Initially limited to only 500 copies, it is reported that some were actually destroyed. This copy has what looks like a scratch on the two mentioned songs, but plays through with only a few light clicks. Housed in a single pocket picture sleeve and retains its custom-stickered resealable outer bag which has a second numbered sticker on the front).
GEDDY LEE My Favourite Headache (2019 EU manufactured RSD Limited Edition 13-track double LP pressed on audiophile quality 180g vinyl, hype stickered picture sleeve with printed inners and poster. First time on vinyl for this solo album from the Rush frontman originally released in 2000, now includes two bonus tracks. The sleeve is still in its open shrinkwrap and is Near Mint, the inners have two smallseam splits and grade Excellent, the vinyl is Near Mint. Limited tojust 5000 copies worldwide).
THE WHO Tommy (2022 UK/EU limited Half Speed Master Edition 24-track double album 2-LP, mastered by long time Who engineer Jon Astley at Close To The Edge and cut by Miles Showell at Abbey Road Studios. Regarded as one of the most important albums of all time, Tommy is a now legendary rock opera about a ‘Deaf Dumb and Blind Kid’! Released in 1969 the album contains songs such as Pinball Wizard, The Acid Queen and I’m Free. Housed inside a multi-panel gatefold picture sleeve replicating the original cover art, with series obi and certificate, factory sealed).
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