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.
BEASTIE BOYS Check Your Head (30th Anniversary Deluxe limited edition 4-LP box set, featuring the 2009 remaster of the original 1992 double album, plus two extra LPs of bonus content including remixes, live versions, and B-sides. All four LPs are pressed on 180-gram vinyl and housed inside a super stylish black linen-fabric embossed rigid slipcase, with hype sticker & factory sealed. Recommended).
ELVIS PRESLEY Promised Land (2021 UK/EU limited edition 10-track LP pressed on 180-gram Transparent & White Marbled Vinyl, originally released on January 8, 1975, Elvis’ 40th birthday! Featuring the hit singles If You Talk In Your Sleepand Promised Land, the latter was used for the 1997 sci-fi comedy film Men In Black. Picture sleeve individually numbered from an edition of just 2500 copies, plus gold hype sticker & resealable clear outer. A timeless classic).
DONALD BYRD Places And Spaces (2021 UK/EU Blue Note Classic Vinyl Series 7-track LP mastered from the original analogue tapes by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio, pressed on 180-gram black vinyl. The 1975 all-time classic Mizell brothers production including the dancefloor gems Change and the standout track Dominoes. Picture sleeve replicating the original cover art, with Blue Note series hype sticker, factory sealed. Highly recommended).
HERBIE HANCOCK Thrust (2009 UK/EU 4-track LP, remastered and pressed on 180-gram audiophile vinyl. Originally released in 1974 this album directly followed Head Hunters and Herbie used the same band except for drummer Harvey Mason, whois replaced by jazz great Mike Clark. Again, only four songs on this single LP, each around 10 minutes long. Butterfly is a great spacey jam with intricate twists and turns and the intro drum break of Palm Grease is essential for all groove addicts! Picture sleeve replicates the original Rob Springett artwork, hype sticker and resealable clear outer. Essential).
EXTREME Pornograffitti (2017 UK/EU limited edition 13-track LP pressed on 180-gram audiophile black vinyl, their second album originally released in 1990 carried by the silky Funk-Metal riffs of guitar god Nuno Bettencourt and vocal gymnasticsof Gary Cherone, full of catchy, intricately layered songs with immaculate production. Featuring the hit More Than Words, Hole Hearted and Get The Funk Out. Picture sleeve with hype sticker. Recommended).
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