MoFi StudioDeck Turntable. Years of Vinyl Experience Pays off in Audible Ways.
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"We have been searching for years to find less expensive TT's that fit into budgets easier, yet provide enormous sonic benefits. Subliminally, maybe we were just waiting on Mofi. Mofi has been known worldwide for the master pressing and limited releases. They knew if they were going to present the world with a TT/cart they had to get it right. Luckily for all audiophiles out there they did" -- TA
"The build quality and feel clearly exceed most anything you are going to find at the £1,200 price point and coupled with the muted colours and included well-lined dust-cover" HiFi+ May 2018
"The arm has an effective length of 10 inches. Most models on this price range are 9 inches. The extra inch is important. All pivoting arms have tracking error. The longer the arm, the more gentle the arc as the arm travels the playing surface. The more gentle the arc, the lower the tracking error. The arm height is easily adjustable as is the azumith, or left/right tilt of the cartridge when viewed from the front. The appropriate Allen keys are supplied. Additionally, the arm has bespoke wiring from Cardas from the cartridge clips to the output jacks... One last detail that probably won’t be spotted in pictures: there’s an O ring between the arm tube and the headshell to assist in isolating the stylus from unwanted vibration.
Antiskate is set by the common “weight on a string” arrangement. What is different here is that the setting isn’t determined by the tracking force, but by the weight of the cartridge being used. This actually makes perfect sense, as the weight of the cartridge combined with the “pull” of the groove will give it momentum as the stylus tracks the groove. The anti skate system provides resistance to this momentum so that the stylus tracks the record with equal force on both groove walls. It makes sense to me that the weight of the cartridge would have a larger effect than tracking force in regards to properly setting antiskate.
The square power button is a nod to Mofi’s heritage. It’s fashioned after the buttons on the big Studer professional open reel decks in their California studio...Vinyl Review 2018
This straight-up audiophile turntable costs less than you'd think. Looking to step up your vinyl game? The $999 MoFi StudioDeck looks, sounds and feels terrific -- and it’s made in the US...The MoFi StudioDeck has a lot going for it, but if you crave even higher performance, check out MoFi's $1,999 UltraDeck! Sasha Matson's Tight Lines LP is a lovely work for chamber orchestra, and the music's rich timbre revealed the StudioDeck's sophisticated side, the sound was gorgeous.-- STEVE GUTTENBERG Cnet 2018.
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The results of this star-studded venture are impressive. When the Studiodeck is set up on your rack an understated but sleek aesthetic is revealed. Measuring at a few ticks under 51x36cm and weighing 8.62kg, the ‘deck’ descriptor in the Studiodeck’s title is appropriate.
The build quality of the Studiodeck and Studiotracker cartridge are on point ..., and it was clear after a short stint with the table that this is a high-quality design, high calibre performing table that has quite a bit to offer those of us who need to remain price conscious. At an extremely reasonable entry level price, the Studiodeck’s sonic strength seemed to be a well illuminated and well rounded mid-range that was able to faithfully deliver an analogue experience that exceeded my expectations given its modest price. Read the full HiFi+ Review HERE
Taking into account the high level of performance and engineering MoFi has achieved with the Ultradeck, I suspect they’ve got a hit on their hands. Compared to it’s likely competition, the Technics SL-1200G, Rega P6 as well as various models from Pro-Ject and Music Hall, the Ultradeck is as different as those models are from each other. Whether or not the Ultradeck is right for you will come down to what you value in a turntable. I can assure you that the Ultradeck is here to stay." -- Vinyl Me, Please. Nels Ferre
The StudioDeck's general composure was assured, very clean, clear, and it just went about its business of playing LPs without any hitches. Lesser turntables accentuate LP surface noise clicks and pops, the StudioDeck did not. MoFi sent along its 45 RPM LP remastering of Miles Davis' Kind of Blue as well, a recording I know like the back of my hand. It's funny, I'm so used to hearing digital files in the CNET listening room, but here with the StudioDeck and the Davis' LP the equation changed. The sound was more flesh and blood natural, and the SP-EFS73 speakers never sounded like this before! They're even better than I thought! Read Steve Gutenberg's 2018 full review here.
Drawing on five decades of making the world’s best-sounding records at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab studios, focusrd on improving the sonic integrity of home-audio reproduction. Each product is the result of collaboration with some of the industry’s finest engineers and stems from years of studio experience. Our turntables, cartridges, and phono preamplifiers are designed to spotlight what Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab continues to do with its famous Original Master Recordings: Getting you closer to what the original artist intended.
Designed in collaboration with one of the world's foremost turntable and tonearm designers, Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove, Mobile Fidelity turntables provide uncompromising playback of your vinyl collection and maintain the high standards of Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab.
Advanced technology, user-friendly features, and unflappable design elements ensure phenomenal playback—ultimately bringing the sound of Mobile Fidelity’s famous studio into your home.
First, lets look at the parts that set these Turntables apart.
The intent is for the LP to have maximum content with the platter. MoFi actually listened to over 30 formulations of the DuPont Delrin to find the one that sounded the best. Yes, they found that really it does make a difference. The material we chose has a nearly identical mechanical impedance with vinyl. This means that any surface noise tends to literally get drained away through the LP and then the platter. The Studio Deck has a 3/4-INCH DELRIN® PLATTER.
Custom developed and manufactured in the USA, Mobile Fidelity’s Studio and Ultra Tonearms deliver the ideal balanced of rigidity and low tracking error so all you’ll hear is what is in the record grooves. These are not your Daddy's 9" arms. These are 10" arms for better tracking.
STEEL AND TEFLON INVERTED BEARING:
MoFi steel inverted bearing system is designed for smooth, quiet rotational stability. The extremely low tolerance combination of steel, bronze, and teflon—found in much more expensive turntables—will provide you many years of high-performance playback.
MoFi 300 RPM stepped-pulley AC motor provides excellent speed stability for pitch accuracy and rhythmic drive. The Delrin® pulley has two positions for 33 1/3 and 45 RPM speed selection. Motor vibrations are kept away from the platter and stylus by using advanced dampening materials that decouple the motor from the rest of the turntable.
CONSTRAINED LAYER DAMPENING
StudioDeck features an aluminum plate carefully bonded to an MDF body to add mass and eliminate tonal coloration, maintaining the true sound found on the record.
ANTI-VIBRATION FEET BY HRS
Any vibration of the stylus that is not created by the grooves in the record is a distortion that will mask musical detail. Developed in conjunction with the engineering team at Harmonic Resolution Systems, the world leader in vibration isolation for audio equipment, the included MoFi anti-vibration feet isolate your turntable from bad vibrations.
300 RPM AC Synchronous
33 1/3 RPM, 45.0 RPM
3.88 lb Delrin®
Wow & Flutter
0.017% – 0.025%
Power Supply Requirements
120V 60Hz, 220-230V 50Hz, 100V 50Hz
19.69" x 5.375" x 14.25"
10" straight aluminum, gimbaled bearing
22.8˚ (+/- 2˚ adjustable)
Cartridge Weight Range
5g – 10g
• 33-1/3 and 45.0 RPM belt drive turntable
• Custom design and manufactured in the USA
• 10-inch MoFi Studio Tonearm
• 3/4-inch Delrin® platter
• Isolated 300 RPM AC synchronous motor
• Anti-Vibration feet designed by HRS
Optional StudioTracker Cartridge
- V-Twin dual-magnet generator
- Elliptical stylus
- Polymer body
- 3.5mV output
MoFi cartridges are designed by looking back at where a record starts: On a lacquer cutting lathe like the model used at Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab. StudioTracker features a V-Twin dual-magnet generator that mirrors the layout of the cutting head that originally made a record’s grooves.
V-TWIN DUAL-MAGNET GENERATOR
Employing two low-mass, powerful magnets aligned in a V formation parallel with the stereo record grooves, StudioTracker accurately extracts precious details from your LPs.
ELLIPTICAL DIAMOND STYLUS
With a polymer body and elliptical stylus, StudioTracker offers surprising bang-for-your-buck value and a rich sound distinguished with a smooth, slightly forgiving top end.