This weeks Audiophile collectables Christmas gift ideas at eil.com, includes Marilyn Manson, Joan Baez, Michael Jackson & more

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.
AUDIOPHILE VINYL
‘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.

JOAN BAEZ Diamonds And Rust (Limited Edition 1995 US Mobile Fidelity half-speed mastered audiophile issue of the 1975 11-track LP specially plated & pressed on 200gram High Definition Vinyl, housed in a deluxe gatefold picture sleeve which is numbered on the back in gold & complete with company card inner. The sleeve displays some light shelf wear & the vinyl appear Near Mint. An excellent copy of this strictly limited gem! MFSL1-238).
TRAFFIC Mr Fantasy (1999 UK ‘Simply Vinyl’ limited edition 10-track LP pressed on Audiophile quality 180gram Virgin Vinyl, housed in a glossy picture sleeve with insert and company booklet, still in the original hype-stickered outer PVC dust jacket with intact open seal on the back. Although not sealed, this remains in a ‘near as new’ condition SVLP099).
BOB DYLAN Blonde On Blonde (1994 US limited edition Super Bit Mapped digitally remastered 14-track Mastersound 24 Karat Gold audiophile picture printed CD issue of the 1966 album, fold-out picture sleeve with die-cut back inlay complete with the die-cut printed card outer slipcase. This example displays minimal wear and the disc is very clean and free from any surface scuffs).
MICHAEL JACKSON Thriller (2022 Japanese exclusive 40th Anniversary Special Expanded Edition 19-track Double Blu-Spec CD [a new audio CD format using Blu-Ray technology, playable on all CD players] set, featuring the original album and a bonus disc of mostly demo’s for the album. Housed in a thin double jewel case with pcture sleeve, booklet and housed in a die-cut card picture slipcase with obi-strip. This is in a brand-new shop bought condition, in the ‘New Music Fridays’ stickered re-sealable bag. Also include a bonus artwork postcard and rolled promo poster! SICP-31586).
MARILYN MANSON Antichrist Superstar (Mega rare 1998 UK limited edition ‘Simply Vinyl’ 17-track 2-LP set pressed on 180gram Virgin Vinyl, the second studio album originally released in 1996 incluidng the singles The Beautiful People andTourniquet. This version has the ‘shock symbol’ from the album artwork printed on the labels, housed in a gatefold picture sleeve and still in the original hype stickered Simply Vinyl embossed envelope style PVC dust jacket. Although not sealed, the sticker seal is intact on the back of the dust jacket, which has no splits. The picture sleeve has only very light wear, whilst the vinyl remains in a ‘near as new’ condition. A stunning example and the first we have seen in over ten years!).

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