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.
FLEETWOOD MAC Then Play On (2020 UK Deluxe ‘Celebration’ Edition 18-track Half-Speed Mastered double LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl – Originally released in 1969, featuring an expanded edtion which features the original UK tracklisting with four bonus recordings. The two vinyl discs are UNPLAYED housed in the sealed & hype stickered hardback book containing new sleevenotes by Anthony Bozza plus a personal foreword by Mick Fleetwood!).
ORIGINAL SOUNDTRACK Interstellar (2015 UK/EU limited edition ‘Music On Viny’ 16-track 2-LP set pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Vinyl. The original soundtrack featuring music by Hans Zimmer for the Christopher Nolan film, housed in a glossy gatefold picture sleeve with a fold-out insert. Although not sealed, this remains in a ‘near as new’ condition MOVATM023).
OASIS Definitely Maybe (2014 UK Deluxe 20th Anniversary Edition 12-track remastered double LP issue of their classic debut album pressed on 180gram Vinyl, including Supersonic, Shakermaker, Live Forever, Cigarettes & Alcohol plus the vinyl exclusive recording Sad Song. The gatefold picture sleeve has a little corner creasing and light storage wear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played RKIDLP70).
CHRIS ISAAK The Best of Chris Isaak (Rare 2016 US 18-track double LP, pressed on Premium HQ 180gram vinyl, with gatefold picture sleeve. First time on vinyl for this essential Chris Isaak compilation from 2006, and the best way to hear tracks like Wicked Game, Baby Did A Bad Bad Thing as you have never heard them before thanks to the stunning clarity of this pressing. Aside from being the first copy we have seen here, it remains sealed from new in its hype-stickered shrink andis mint, unplayed condition MBV3028).
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).
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