New Audiophile collectables, Christmas Gift Ideas This Weeks at eil.com, includes Alan Parsons, Kylie, Billy Joel & more

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.

KYLIE MINOGUE Aphrodite (Rare 2010 1st pressing UK 12-track LP pressed on audiophile quality 180gram Heavyweight Vinyl. Executively produced by Stuart Price, with a list of songwriters including Calvin Harris, Jake Shears, Nerina Pallot and Keane’s Tim Rice-Oxley, featuring the singles All The Lovers, Get Outta My Way and Better Than Today. Housed in a stunning picture sleeve – still shrink sealed from new!).
BILLY JOEL The Stranger (Original Master Recording limited edition 9-track double album 2-LP, mastered by Krieg Wunderlich at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab on the Gain 2 Ultra Analog System, specially plated and pressed on 180-gram High-Definition vinyl and cut at 45RPM. The Stranger was first released in 1977 and is widely regarded as an absolute classic. Featuring the hits Movin’ Out, Just The Way You Are, She’s Always A Woman, and the epic Scenes From An Italian Restaurant. This in-demand Mobile Fidelity edition was originally issued in 2013, and subsequent represses sell out in record time. This one is no exception. Gatefold picture sleeve individually gold-foil numbered, factory sealed inside a perforated-edge loose bag. Highly recommended)
RISE AGAINST Rise (2018 UK/EU limited edition Eight LP box set. A career-spanning set, a comprehensive collection of all eight studio albums, includes The Unraveling, Revolutions Per Minute, Siren Song Of The Counter Culture, The Sufferer And The Witness, Appeal To Reason, Endgame, The Black Market and Wolves, all pressed on Audiophile quality 180 Gram Heavyweight Black Vinyl. Also includes a unique book featuring exclusive photos and an oral history made up of interviews from the band detailing their rise from the fertile Chicago punk underground to the international stage, offering insights into their revered discography, all housed in a sturdy card slipcase. Remains sealed in the hype stickered shrink).
BRUCE SPRINGSTEEN Born To Run (Rare 1980 German pressed CBS Mastersound 8-track half-speed mastered audiophile vinyl LP, housed in a gold promo stamped gatefold picture sleeve with lyrics inside, Mastersound insert and ‘Pressed In West Germany’ sticker on the reverse. The sleeve displays only light wear, whilst the vinyl looks barely played CBSH80959).
THE ALAN PARSONS PROJECT I Robot (UltraDisc One-Step SuperVinyl Pressing by Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab limited edition 10-track LP, mastered from the original master tapes and pressed at RTI on 180-gram SuperVinyl, cut at 33RPM. The 1977 album reigns as a recording whose taut bass, crisp highs, clean production, and seemingly limitless dynamic range are matched only by the sensational prog-rock fare helmed by the keyboardist and his creative partner, Eric Woolfson. Housed inside an elegant slipcase, with foil-stamped sleeves and original artwork, hype sticker & factory sealed).

 

 

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