For anyone who collects vinyl, we know that some of the most highly wanted pressings tend to be those classed as Audiophile.
Those with the best hi-fi equipment will always want the best quality sounding pressing available, be that high quality 180 gram or heavier vinyl, CD’s, Super Audio CD’s, SHM-CD’s, DVD-Audio Discs and more, from companies like DCC, Mobile Fidelity, Nautilus, Nexus, Simply Vinyl or Nimbus.
‘True Fidelity’ vinyl is perhaps the ultimate format for the audiophile. Issues are taken from original master tapes for pure ‘as intended sound’, and production techniques such as half-speed mastering, quadraphonic sound and special formulated virgin vinyl are common in most audiophile releases.
There are many labels who issue audiophile recordings, but only a few specialize in it. Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab (MFSL) have a variety of series including ‘Original Master Recordings’
[OMR] and ‘Ultra High-Quality Recordings’ [UHQR]. Other important audiophile labels include Nautilus, Direct-Disk Labs, Sheffield Lab and Wilson Audio.
AUDIOPHILE COMPACT DISCS
With the development of the compact disc so typically came the development of its audiophile counterpart. Again, there are specialist labels, there are varying techniques (gold discs, layered discs, high-density discs) and there are varying opinions on the listening pleasure! But we’re here to bring all those quandaries together.
Here at eil.com we have a nice range of Audiophile pressings to suit everyone’s taste and pockets.
JOHN COLTRANE Giant Steps (2009 US exclusive Strictly Limited Edition 7-track 45RPM double LP pressed on Premium HQ-180 180gram Virgin Vinyl at RTI, remastered by Bernie Grundman from the original analogue master tapes – Originally released in 1959, this was Coltrane’s second studio release for Atlantic Records but the first to feature solely Coltrane compositions, exemplifying his melodic phrasing that came to be known as ‘sheets of sound’. Back in stock for the first time in over TWELVE YEARS, the two vinyl discs remain UNPLAYED within the individually numbered gatefold picture sleeve which comes housed inside the 12.5″ x 12.5″ x 0.5″ sealed & hype-stickered picture slipcase [designed to look like a 1/4″ tape box]!) **Limited to 2500 Copies Only**.
THE CLASH London Calling (2015 UK Limited Edition Audiohpile issue of the classic 1979 19-track double LP pressed on 180gm Vinyl, fully remastered & sounding better than ever, complete with illustrated lyric inners, deluxe single pocket picture sleeve. The sleeve shows just a little light shelfwear and the vinyl looks barely played)
THE STEVE MILLER BAND Living In The 20th Century (2019 UK/EU ‘Black To Black’ limited edition 11-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Originally released in 1986, includes the massive hit I Want to Make the World Turn Around. Picture sleeve with download code, hype-stickered & sealed).
UNDERWORLD Second Toughest In The Infants (2015 UK 8-track double LP [‘136808’ A1 matrix], the classic 1996 album remastered at Abbey Road Studios, cut at half speed & pressed on 180gram Vinyl. Comes housed in a deluxe picture sleeve with illustrated inners & expired download card, in hype stickered open shrinkwrap. The vinyl is Excellent with a few faint paper hairlines not affecting play UWR00054).
DIRE STRAITS Making Movies (1980 UK limited edition Half Speed Mastered 7-track Audiophile vinyl LP, housed in a unique picture sleeve with picture lyric inner and Half Speed Master insert. The sleeve displays just a little light wear mostly to the edges, whilst the vinyl shows very little signs of play, a really nice example HS6359034).
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