thoughts on MOBILE FIDELITY ULTRADECK table?

Dan

Peanut Head
I question the arm's pivot. It looks like no more than a pin stuck thru the tube.
 

JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
Were I in the market for a new table it'd be near the top of my list. That said I haven't touched one, I've only read about it. It seems very well thought out, and deliciously simple. Designed by a well-known turntable designer with an expert in vibration control along for the ride, it just kind of makes sense. I don't recall reading anything but positive thoughts on it, though I didn't do a deep dive. A few people at the Hoffman forums have them and like them a lot.

Also, knowing some of the folks behind this at Music Direct/Mobile Fidelity, I can assure anybody here that the arm bearing isn't a pin through a tube. FWIW their customer service is fantastic, at least it has been with me, and were there any problems I can't imagine them not standing by their product and coming to a solution. I'm not involved with them, just a happy customer who sometimes runs into some of them socially at hi-fi stuff around town.
 

Thermionics

Post Whore In Training
I question the arm's pivot. It looks like no more than a pin stuck thru the tube.
I'm guessing the bearings are internal to the yoke and the arm is a friction-fit onto the pivot pin, but without seeing it disassembled, this is only a haphazard guess.

However, I will say that the arm is very reminiscent of the original Mk1 Origin Live Silver.

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JohnVF

Administrator
Staff member
any idea who builds this table for MoFi?
From Osage Audio's page on MoFi:

"The analog components shown on this web page were designed in conjunction with Mike Latvis of Harmonic Resolution Systems, Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove, and Tim de Paravicini of Esoteric Audio Research, to ensure that their design and manufacturing quality are of the best possible. Further, Mobile Fidelity has opened a facility in Ann Arbor, Michigan that is dedicated to building the majority of their hi-fi components in the USA.

Additionally, many of the key parts used to make their turntables are sourced from America. The wood plinths are from Minnesota, the hardened steel parts from Michigan, the Hurst motors from Indiana. All these parts are tested before being used in their factory to be part of the highest quality products; products that they’re proud to put their name on."
 
I have seen a Studiodeck (and possibly an Ultradeck too) in person, and listened to one very briefly through headphones. They’re nice looking turntables, and they seem to be well built. The one thing that concerns me is the effective mass of the tonearm is listed as 25g. if that spec is accurate, that is one heavy tonearm, and it certainly limits your cartridge options. A Denon DL-103 would likely sound lovely on it, though :)
 
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