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A truly special record for any vinyl fans

SpyderTracks

Bingo Bango Orchestrator
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I'm an absolute nerd with vinyl.

This is mainly for @Scott as I know he is looking at entering the world of vinyl

Mobile Fidelity are known for doing very high quality represses and remasters. They 3 different tiers, their entry level silver label which are $25, then the 45rpm range which are anywhere between $50 and $75. and then, at the top of them all are what they label as the UD1S pressings, this stands for Ultra Disc One Step and is an entirely different approach to pressing vinyl.

All their releases are done in low quantities anyway, but the UD1S are always limited to 7500 copies worldwide, and you have to preorder as they're always sold out by the time they're released.

Now these UD1S pressings cost an eye watering $125 now, this copy was only their 4th attempt at it and as such was slightly cheaper at $100.

Now set aside price and having to buy direct from the states and so paying like $40 for shipping.... what makes these warrant that price tag????

This is something you have to hear them to even be able to believe that any system, let alone my relatively entry level one, even has the capability of sounding anywhere near this nice. These records (and the Analogue Productions UHQR series) are the pinnacle of what is achievable on vinyl, and when you hear one of these, you completely understand where all the hype over this ancient format comes from.

The last side of this record contains 2 live recordings, and it sounds so hyper realistic, it really does fool your mind into thinking you're there amongst them.

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polycrac

Rising Star
Is there anyone in addition to mobile fidelity that you'd recommend? I've been getting into vinyl and mine are mostly charity shop second hands or Amazon 'pot luck' new pressings. I send back about 1 in 5 from Amazon as being really muddy or otherwise rubbish.
 

SpyderTracks

Bingo Bango Orchestrator
Moderator
Is there anyone in addition to mobile fidelity that you'd recommend? I've been getting into vinyl and mine are mostly charity shop second hands or Amazon 'pot luck' new pressings. I send back about 1 in 5 from Amazon as being really muddy or otherwise rubbish.
I sent this to @Scott little while ago

Just a small list of the series and labels to keep an eye on, these tend to be of much much higher quality pressings, they're also usually remastered in a way that really compliments vinyl, they're considered "audiophile" grade recordings, you will pay more for them, but as they're pressed in lower volumes and because the quality is so much higher, the value tends to soar very rapidly, aside from just having a really stellar listening experience:

Abbey Road Half Speed Masters: https://shop.abbeyroad.com/Vinyl/

Analogue Productions (only sold in the US, some UK shops get stocks, but they go very quickly): https://www.juno.co.uk/labels/Analogue+Productions+Us/

Mobile Fidelity (same situation as Analogue Productions): https://mofi.com/collections/vinyl?sort_by=created-descending

Analogue Productions UHQR and MoFi (Mobile Fidelity) UD1S pressing cost a small fortune at around $125, but even on a mid range system like with the Rega P3, they have to be heard to be believed, they are simply out of this world. Would highly recommend picking some up, they almost certainly have to be pre ordered as are usually sold out by launch time.

BlueNote for Jazz: https://www.bluenote.com/

For Classical, Deutsche Grammophon: https://www.deutschegrammophon.com/en

Sign up to Bandcamp, they pay far more proceeds to artists, and you'll find a lot of smaller artists release all their limited editions through there and nowhere else. If you set up an account and search for any favourite artists and follow them, you'll get notified of upcoming limited editions:


Not sure if you use it, but Twitter is generally the place artists announce upcoming albums and limited editions. I pretty much only use Twitter for that purpose, and it's invaluable.
 
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