My other table is Pro-ject Debut III which over time was upgraded with an external speed box and an acrylic platter. Compared to that, I listed a few pros and cons. Overall, the advantages outweigh a few niggles. A very nice deck!
Pros: - A better build: tonearm, feet, platter - Better sound: noticeably more dynamic and on albums I am familiar with, I can clearly hear instruments and sounds that weren't there before - Much better tracking due to 10" arm - Better looks (to me) - Studiotracker is a very good cart in its price range
Cons: - Skinny belt squelches (and the deck vibrates) every time the table is turned on. Hand-spinning the platter while starting the deck alleviates this problem. Still, with Pro-ject's flat belt this was a non-issue. - The motor hums noticeably. After searching the web, I realize there is little wrong with my unit. Also, the hum is not very audible a few feet away and does not affect the sound. - The hinged cover is solidly built and convenient but it's also heavy and when it's up, substantial
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It's okay. For the price you would expect something really nice but the quality is just decent. It seems like it should cost several hundred dollars less. It sounds good for the most part. There is a small amount of motor noise at high volume. The table is also more susceptible to rumble and feedback than I would expect considering its large footprint and price. You'll nee to isolate it well. I actually think the feet are poorly designed. They are too bouncy and they slide around on a hard surface. The entire turntable slides around when I open the lid etc. Lots of cheap looking plastic on the tonearm assembly and I notice the anti skate peg is quite crooked on the unit I received. The belt lets out a very noticeable squeal every time you start the motor and giving the platter a spin does not help. The bottom panel was hanging down in the front with a screw not all the way in. Additionally the tonearm must have shifted during shipping because it was out of adjustment and visibly torqued. Overall I think you should get something much nicer for the money.
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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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