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.
SILVERCHAIR Freak Show (2022 UK/EU limited edition 14-track LP pressed on 180-gram Yellow & Blue Marbled Vinyl that appears green! Originally released in 1996 this legendary album features the singles Freak, Abuse Me, Cemetry and The Door, plus the vinyl-only track Punk Song 2. Leather-effect textured picture sleeve, individually numbered from just 5000 copies, plus bonus poster & hype sticker. Recommended).
CHARLES MINGUS A Modern Jazz Symposium Of Music And Poetry (2022 UK Expanded Edition double album 2-LP featuring 4 bonus tracks never previously available on LP. Mastered by Kevin Gray at Cohearant Audio, printed and pressed at Pallas on 180-gram vinyl. Housed inside a deluxe gatefold reverse-board picture sleeve featuring rare photographs and liner notes from Bob Hammer, plus hype sticker).
BIG BIG TRAIN The Second Brightest Star (2017 UK limited edition 11-track 2-LP set pressed on 180gram Transparent Sea Foam Green. The eleventh studio album by the English progressive rock band, and contains a mix of new songs along with re-worked material from the band’s previous two albums, Folklore and Grimspound. Housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside. The sleeve displays just a little edge and corner wear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played PLG056).
HAKEN Vector (2018 UK limited edition 7-track three sided 2-LP set with the four side etched and pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl. The fifth studio album by the British progressive metal band, produced by the band and mixed by ex-Periphery bassist and producer Adam ‘Nolly’ Getgood, including the singles The Good Doctor, Puzzle Box, and A Cell Divides, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve with a fold-out lyric insert and the full album on Compact Disc. The sleeve displays some minor corner wear whilst the vinyl looks barely played IOMLP516).
THE BEATLES Revolver (2022 UK/EU New Stereo Mix by Giles Martin and Sam Okell 14-track LP pressed on 180-gram vinyl, sourced directly from the original four-track master tapes with audio brought forth in stunning clarity with the help of cutting-edge technology developed by the award-winning sound team at Peter Jackson’s WingNut Films Productions. Picture sleeve replicating the original Klaus Voorman cover art, hype sticker & factory sealed. Recommended)
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