About the Mobile Fidelity StudioDeck
A beautiful turntable, made in the U.S.A.
A beautiful turntable, made in the U.S.A.
In order to make their own remastered album releases sound even better, Mobile Fidelity created their own line of turntables, starting with the beautiful StudioDeck. Everything but the cartridge is made in the U.S.A. to exacting specifications. We listened to some beautifully remastered LPs — legendary albums by Bob Dylan, Ry Cooder, and Santana — and we fell in love with the warm, detailed sound. We think you'll feel the same when you drop the needle on your favorite track.
The American-made Mobile Fidelity StudioDeck looks every bit as good as it sounds.
Thoughtful, innovative design
Mobile Fidelity asked some legendary designers to weigh in on the details of the StudioDeck, because they know details matter to audiophiles. They used a dense, noise-reducing polymer called Delrin® to make the platter, and had a former NASA consultant design the 'table's unique anti-vibration feet. A clever inverted bearing system makes the platter spin flawlessly.
They also worked hard to foolproof the initial setup process by simplifying placement of the counterweight and anti-skating weight. To make things even easier, the Mobile Fidelity UltraPhono phono stage with headphone amplifier and its little brother, the StudioPhono without headphone amplifier, are both perfectly matched to this turntable — straight out of the box.
- made in the U.S.A.
- 10-inch straight aluminum gimbaled bearing tonearm for smooth tracking
- adjustable tracking force, vertical tracking angle, azimuth, and anti-skate
- 300 RPM stepped-pulley AC motor provides excellent speed stability
- plinth: aluminum plate bonded to a solid MDF body
- includes pre-mounted MoFi StudioTracker moving magnet cartridge
- solid 3/4" Delrin® polymer platter
- steel inverted bearing system for smooth, quiet platter rotation
- unique MoFi anti-vibration feet isolate your turntable from sound-muddying vibrations
- 33-1/3 and 45 rpm speeds (manual speed change)
- signal-to-noise ratio: 72dB
- wow and flutter: 0.017-0.025%
- gold-plated RCA and ground terminal connectors (cable included)
- 19-3/4"W x 5-3/8"H x 14-1/4"D
- weight: 19.1 lbs.
- warranty: 1 year
- Our 60-day money-back guarantee
- requires a phono preamp or phono input on receiver or preamplifier
- MFR # StudioDeck+
What's in the box:
- Tonearm (installed)
- StudioTracker catridge/stylus (installed)
- 6.5' AC power cord
- 49" Stereo RCA cable
- Anti-skate weight
- Stylus brush
- Dust cover (installed)
- 2 Hex-screws
- 2 Hex-wrenches
- Turntable Instructions
- Catridge Instructions
- "Attention!" note
- "Please Note:" sheet
- Warranty Card
- MoFi brochure
Mobile Fidelity StudioDeck reviews
I grew up in 70s when vinyl was king. My father had a Thorens turntable and a nice collection of LPs. I began building my own collection in the early 80s, but lost my way when cd's became mainstream, opting for the convenience and precision of the digital format. This past Christmas I purchased an Audio Technica LP120, part to satisfy my curiosity and part to introduce LPs to my teenage son. I was immediately struck by the quality of the sound. I started building a collection, re-discovering old favorites from pre-digital and appreciating new favorites in analog. Thankfully artists have continued to produce LPs when the format could easily have gone the way of 8-tracks, cassettes, and video tape. As good as my albums sounded, I knew they could sound better. Enter the Mofi Studiodeck. MANY hours of research, reading, and youtube videos led me to this amazing turntable. Setup was a breeze. The feel is solid. The dust cover is easy to open and close. The feet keep it firmly planted. The warmth, depth, and honest nature of the playback is striking. Vocals are natural, guitar strums are sweet, cymbals sound crisp. No "turntable hum". It looks great, sounds great, is great. Audiophile quality. Built to last. The convenience of digital makes it easy to ignore the advantages of LPs, but analog captures sound in a very real world, human way that is not about 1's and 0's and precision. Artifacts and flaws are part of the experience of live music
Pros: Build quality, sound quality, and ease of use. No turntable hum experienced with other turntables.
Cons: It is so attractive that my wife is getting jealous.
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This MOFI Turntable looks and feels very solid for the price point. It also had a nice easy set up. One problem though is that there is a slight wobble that I think is not acceptable. Perhaps this is a fluke and the next one will come out up to par. Customer service at Crutchfield is top notch though and they have worked well with me.
Pros: Nice look, decent sound and easy set up.
Cons: Platter has an annoying wobble. At this price point MOFI should have better quality control before letting it our the door.
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First off, I am totally pleased with my Studiodeck! I took the chance on a scratch and dent model that was offered and for the life of me I cannot find any scratches, dents, blemishes, nicks, or defects of any kind. I thoroughly inspected the turntable from all angles and I've not found a thing. The turntable is quick and easy to assemble and set up for play. What impressed me was that I was able to level with only a minor turn on one foot and the tracking force likewise only needed a very slight tweak with the aid of a gauge. My Studiodeck is hooked up to a Schiit Mani and on to a Yaqin MC-13S tube amp. All this and it sounds great too. What's there not to like!
Pros: Great sound, very well built with quality in mind, cosmetically attractive and sleek looking. A top notch piece of hi-fi equipment made in the good ole USA.
Cons: None noted.
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Beautifully designed. Great sounding. Mounting the anti-skate was a bit challenging. The tracking force from the factory had to be reset. Overall a good purchase. I recommend this turntable.
Pros: Good sound. Excellent looks. Easy hook-up. Made in USA.
Cons: Anti skate could be better designed. Tracking force had to be re-calibrated from factory setting.
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It is said that you only get one chance to make a good first impression. In this case the MoFi StudioDeck TT made a very poor 1st impression. Maybe I should restate that...initially as I unpacked it, it was an impressive looking turntable. Set up was straight forward. It sounded good for the 2 tracks that played. That's the GOOD for the TT. The BAD: the platter "ceased up" half way thru the 1st side of the 1st album played. By "ceased up" I mean the platter would barely turn when trying to turn it by hand.... the motor and belt could in no way turn it. My first thought was that I had put the platter on incorrectly. Well if I did, there was no way of correcting it as I couldn't remove the platter to check.... It was stuck on the spindle to the point that I could lift the complete unit off the table and the platter wouldn't come off. MORE GOOD....Crutchfield customer service was tremendous in processing the return and emailing me the RA # immediately. Five Stars for Customer Service.
Pros: Appears to be well made, good looking. Crutchfield Customer is Superb
Cons: Mine was unreliable. Platter ceased up 1/2 way thru the first side of the 1st album played.
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Love this deck and it's only the base model. Sound quality crushed my Orbit which I thought sounded great. The volume, clarity, and soundscape is amazing. Best money I've spent. It actually made the Klipsch speakers and Nova300 come alive. Crazy simple premise- signal path REALLY matters.
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Solid TT. Fairly easy set-up, although it was the first one I have ever had to set up. Using the studio tracker cartridge - quiet background (even on my old vinyl). Good channel separation with vocals centered within the soundstage. Would like to have seen a tracking force gauge included with the unit.
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More details on the Mobile Fidelity StudioDeck
Studio Tonearm: Custom developed and manufactured in the USA, the MoFi StudioDeck+ turntable's 10" straight aluminum gimbaled bearing tonearm delivers the ideal balanced of rigidity and low tracking error, so you hear every subtle nuance of your vinyl soundtrack. It even offers adjustable tracking force, VTA, azimuth, and anti-skate.
StudioTracker Cartridge (MM): The StudioTracker Cartridge (MM) 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.
Notes: This turntable comes with the tracking force preset by the factory. Using this predetermined factory setting (indicated by the pre-installed yellow tape) prevents the need for a force gauge. Just place the counterweight properly on the back of the tonearm (directly behind the pre-installed yellow tape) and you are done. No need to balance or perform any other steps for tracking weight. Do not remove the yellow tape until the counterweight is installed and you have tested playback. If the yellow tape is removed before installing the counterweight, the factory setting is lost and a force gauge must be used. The cartridge requires the tracking force be set between 1.8g and 2.2g. (Using a tracking force gauge is necessary because the counter weight has no adjustment markings.)
Isolated AC Synchronous Motor: The 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 damping materials that decouple the motor from the rest of the turntable.
3/4" Delrin Platter: Delrin is a next-generation polymer developed by Dupont. In the world of audio, Delrin's highly crystalline structure presents a wonderful impedance match to vinyl records, effectively grounding unwanted noise and keeping it away from the stylus.
Steel & Teflon Inverted Bearing: The turntable's steel inverted bearing system is designed for smooth, quiet rotational stability. The extremely low tolerance combination of steel, bronze, and teflon will provide many years of high-performance playback.
Constrained Layer Dampening: The StudioDeck+ turntable 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: 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 the StudioDeck+ turntable from bad vibrations.
RCA Connections: Connection to the phono input of your amplifier can be made with connecting cables of your choice through the turntable's gold-plated stereo RCA phono jacks and grounding screw. The StudioDeck+ turntable comes supplied with a 49" stereo RCA cable with ground wire.
Note: If your receiver does not have a suitable Phono MM input, a separate phono pre-amplifier (sold separately - see Accessories Tab) is required to connect the turntable to your amplifier.
Dust Cover: The MoFi StudioDeck+ comes supplied with a hinged cover to prevent dust build-up on the turntable.
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