Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab

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Established in 1977 by Brad Miller, MFSL specializes in remastering major-label music for the "audiophile" market. CD releases began in 1984.

Copyright dates are often left unchanged from the original release; Most MFSL releases are issued a year or so later, please leave release date blank if you are unsure.
First Gold Ultradisc™ CD: 1987-02
First Gold Ultradisc II™ (Made in USA) CD: 1992-09

Please add all branded labels to MFSL releases. A label logo=label.

Catalog (with dates) of MFSL releases on "Sites" section.

Items released commercially as numbered editions were frequently also released as unnumbered promotional copies. These promos should be entered separately from the numbered retail copies.
At least the releases from the first three years were limited editions throughout and wear a sticker with this information on the shrink.

In an email dated 17 December 2018, Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs Customer Service confirms that “all of [their] releases are remastered by [their] Sound Labs. No exceptions.” Please see https://www.discogs.com/forum/thread/782766 for full emails and discussion.
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General Inquires:
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
1811 W. Bryn Mawr Ave
Chicago IL 60660 USA
[email protected]

Former address:
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
318 N. Laflin Street
Chicago, IL 60607-1006 USA

Studio and Mastering Facilities:
Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab
105 Morris Street
Sebastopol, CA 95472 USA

[email protected]
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Releases

Status Catalog Number  Image Artist Title (Format) Label Catalog Number  Country Year Actions
1S 2-001 Santana - Abraxas Santana Abraxas(2x12", Album, RE, TP + Box, Ltd, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Columbia, Sony Music Commercial Music Group 1S 2-001 US 2014 Sell This Version
25AP 2364 Kansas (2) - Vinyl Confessions Kansas (2) Vinyl Confessions(LP, Album) CBS/Sony 25AP 2364 Hong Kong 1982 Sell This Version
48UD510 Jethro Tull - Thick As A Brick Jethro Tull Thick As A Brick(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 48UD510 Japan 1988 Sell This Version
198 Steve Winwood - Arc Of A Diver Steve Winwood Arc Of A Diver(LP, Album, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 198 US 1993 Sell This Version
1-088 Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young - Déjà Vu Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young Déjà Vu(LP, Album, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-088 US Unknown Sell This Version
1-138 Frank Sinatra - Come Dance With Me! Frank Sinatra Come Dance With Me!(LP, Album, RE, RM, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-138 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-144 Frank Sinatra - Point Of No Return Frank Sinatra Point Of No Return(LP, Album, Sam) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-144 US Unknown Sell This Version
1-154 Janis Joplin - Pearl Janis Joplin Pearl(LP, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-154 Unknown Sell This Version
1-198 Steve Winwood Arc Of A Diver(LP, Album, TP, 200) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-198 US 1993 Sell This Version
1277 Gregory James, Barry Shulman - Tibet Gregory James, Barry Shulman Gregory James, Barry Shulman - Tibet(LP, Album) Rogue Productions 1277 US 1983 Sell This Version
1-507 Wagner* - Wagner Overtures Wagner* Wagner Overtures(LP, RE, RM, TP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 1-507 US Unknown Sell This Version
2-614 No Artist - 614! - Chessie System No Artist 614! - Chessie System(LP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2-614 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
2-765 No Artist - 765! Nickel Plate Road No Artist 765! Nickel Plate Road(LP, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2-765 US 1981 Sell This Version
#5250 Robert Plant - Pictures At Eleven Robert Plant Pictures At Eleven(Cass, Album) Swan Song, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab #5250 US 1982 Sell This Version
2-4449 No Artist - 4449! Southern Pacific Lines No Artist 4449! Southern Pacific Lines(LP, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2-4449 US 1981 Sell This Version
2-8444 No Artist - 8444! - Union Pacific No Artist 8444! - Union Pacific(LP) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 2-8444 Japan 1981 Sell This Version
65 753 6 The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1(CD, Comp, Mono, Club) London Records, Bertelsmann Club 65 753 6 Germany 1989 Sell This Version
66672 The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1(CD, Comp, Mono, RM) ABKCO 66672 Canada 1985 Sell This Version
79451-2 Steve Reich - Works: 1965-1995 Steve Reich Works: 1965-1995 79451-2 US 1997 Sell This Version
343676-1 Metallica - Kill 'Em All Metallica Kill 'Em All(2x12", Album, Ltd, RE, RM, Red) Warner Bros. Records 343676-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
371 012-1 George Winston - Autumn George Winston Autumn(LP, Album, RE) Windham Hill Records, A&M Records 371 012-1 Europe Unknown Sell This Version
371017-1 Michael Hedges - Breakfast In The Field Michael Hedges Breakfast In The Field(LP, Album) Windham Hill Records, A&M Records 371017-1 Europe 1981 Sell This Version
424572-1 Metallica - Ride The Lightning Metallica Ride The Lightning (Album) 424572-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
424636-1 Metallica - Ride The Lightning Metallica Ride The Lightning (Album) 424636-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
470716-1 Metallica - ...And Justice For All Metallica ...And Justice For All(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) Warner Bros. Records 470716-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
470844-1 Metallica - Master Of Puppets Metallica Master Of Puppets (Album) 470844-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
470908-1 Metallica - Master Of Puppets Metallica Master Of Puppets (Album) 470908-1 US 2008 Sell This Version
481162 2 Kansas (2) - Vinyl Confessions Kansas (2) Vinyl Confessions(CD, Album) Epic, Legacy 481162 2 Europe 1996 Sell This Version
512119-1 Metallica - Death Magnetic Metallica Death Magnetic(5x12", Album, Ltd, Whi + CD, Album, Car + Box) Warner Bros. Records 512119-1 US 2010 Sell This Version
6.26263 AP Michael Hedges - Breakfast In The Field Michael Hedges Breakfast In The Field(LP, Album) Windham Hill Records, Windham Hill Records 6.26263 AP Germany 1981 Sell This Version
79-0101-4 Robert Plant - The Principle Of Moments Robert Plant The Principle Of Moments(Cass, Album, RE, RM) Es Paranza Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab 79-0101-4 US 1983 Sell This Version
820 048-2 The Rolling Stones - 12 X 5 The Rolling Stones 12 X 5 (Album) 820 048-2 Germany 1984 Sell This Version
820 049-2 The Rolling Stones - Out Of Our Heads The Rolling Stones Out Of Our Heads (Album) 820 049-2 UK & Europe 1984 Sell This Version
820 138-2 The Rolling Stones - Between The Buttons The Rolling Stones Between The Buttons (Album) 820 138-2 Europe 1989 Sell This Version
820 142-2 The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 2 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 2 (Comp) 820 142-2 Europe 1985 Sell This Version
6641066 Neil Diamond - Hot August Night Neil Diamond Hot August Night(2xLP, Album, Gat) UNI Records, MCA Records, MCA Records 6641066 Greece Unknown Sell This Version
820 141-2 RH The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 1 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 1 (Comp) 820 141-2 RH Europe 1985 Sell This Version
820 142-2 RH The Rolling Stones - Hot Rocks 2 The Rolling Stones Hot Rocks 2(CD, Comp, RE, RM) London Records, ABKCO 820 142-2 RH Germany 1986 Sell This Version
042283814110 Metallica - Master Of Puppets Metallica Master Of Puppets(LP, Album, RE, RM) Universal Music Group International 042283814110 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
0600753085240 Metallica - Ride The Lightning Metallica Ride The Lightning(2x12", Album, RE, RM, 180) Universal 0600753085240 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
00602517737310 Metallica - Death Magnetic Metallica Death Magnetic(5x12", Album, 180 + Box, Ltd) Vertigo 00602517737310 Europe 2008 Sell This Version
AED 10283 Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, The Vilnius String Quartet* - The Complete Works For String Quartet Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, The Vilnius String Quartet* Mikalojus Konstantinas Čiurlionis, The Vilnius String Quartet* - The Complete Works For String Quartet(CD, Album) Art & Electronics, MCA Classics AED 10283 US 1992 Sell This Version
AMWH 61029 Shadowfax - Shadowdance Shadowfax Shadowdance(LP, Album) Windham Hill Records, A&M Records AMWH 61029 UK & Europe 1983 Sell This Version
B0019459-01 John Cale - Slow Dazzle John Cale Slow Dazzle(LP, Album, RE) Island Records, Universal Music Special Markets, Wax Cathedral B0019459-01 US 2015 Sell This Version
B0024735-01 Weezer - Pinkerton Weezer Pinkerton(LP, Album, Club, RE, RM, RP, Blu) Geffen Records B0024735-01 US 2016 Sell This Version
BC-1 The Beatles - The Collection The Beatles The Collection(14xLP, Ltd, Num, RM + Box, Comp) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, EMI, Capitol Records BC-1 US 1982 Sell This Version
BETA 017 Pink Floyd - The Dark Side Of The Moon Pink Floyd The Dark Side Of The Moon(Beta, Album, RE, Dig) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Harvest BETA 017 US 1983 Sell This Version
BVCW-35101 Michael Hedges - Breakfast In The Field Michael Hedges Breakfast In The Field(CD, Album, RE) Windham Hill Records BVCW-35101 Japan 2008 Sell This Version
C-122 The Doobie Brothers - Takin’ It To The Streets The Doobie Brothers Takin’ It To The Streets(Cass, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab C-122 Unknown Sell This Version
C-1016 Scott Cossu - Wind Dance Scott Cossu Wind Dance(LP, Album, RTI) Windham Hill Records C-1016 US 1981 Sell This Version
C-1018 Alex De Grassi - Clockwork Alex De Grassi Clockwork(LP, Album, RTI) Windham Hill Records C-1018 US 1981 Sell This Version
C-1021 Darol Anger - Barbara Higbie - Tideline Darol Anger - Barbara Higbie Darol Anger - Barbara Higbie - Tideline (Album) C-1021 US 1982 Sell This Version
cad 905 bd Pixies - Doolittle Pixies Doolittle(Blu-ray, Blu-ray-A, Album, RE, Multichannel) 4AD, 4AD cad 905 bd UK, Europe & US 2016 Sell This Version
CAD 2705 CD Dead Can Dance - Dead Can Dance • Garden Of The Arcane Delights Dead Can Dance Dead Can Dance • Garden Of The Arcane Delights (Album, Comp) CAD 2705 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2707 CD Dead Can Dance - Spleen And Ideal Dead Can Dance Spleen And Ideal(CD, Album, RE, RM, Sup) 4AD CAD 2707 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2708 CD Dead Can Dance - Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun Dead Can Dance Within The Realm Of A Dying Sun(CD, Album, RE, RM, Sup) 4AD CAD 2708 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2709 CD Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg Dead Can Dance The Serpent's Egg (Album) CAD 2709 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2710 CD Dead Can Dance - Aion Dead Can Dance Aion (Album) CAD 2710 CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2711 CD Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth Dead Can Dance Into The Labyrinth (Album) CAD 2711 CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2712 CD Dead Can Dance - Toward The Within Dead Can Dance Toward The Within (Album) CAD 2712 CD UK 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 2713 CD Dead Can Dance - Spiritchaser Dead Can Dance Spiritchaser (Album) CAD 2713 CD US 2008 Sell This Version
CAD 3621 CD Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth Dead Can Dance Into The Labyrinth(CD, Album, RE, RM) 4AD CAD 3621 CD UK 2016 Sell This Version
CAD 3628 CD Dead Can Dance - Garden Of The Arcane Delights • The John Peel Sessions Dead Can Dance Garden Of The Arcane Delights • The John Peel Sessions (Comp) CAD 3628 CD UK & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
CAFE 3-732 Buddy Rich & His Band* - Mr. Drums: Buddy Rich & His Band Live On King Street, San Francisco Buddy Rich & His Band* Mr. Drums: Buddy Rich & His Band Live On King Street, San Francisco(3xLP, Album) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CAFE 3-732 US 1986 Sell This Version
CAFECD -729 Dwayne Smith & Art Johnson - Heartbound Dwayne Smith & Art Johnson Dwayne Smith & Art Johnson - Heartbound(CD, Album) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CAFECD -729 US 1985 Sell This Version
CAFE CD-730 Robby Krieger - Robby Krieger Robby Krieger Robby Krieger(CD, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Cafe Records CAFE CD-730 US 1985 Sell This Version
Cafe CD-733 Steve Bach - Holiday Steve Bach Holiday(CD, Album) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab Cafe CD-733 US 1985 Sell This Version
CAFE CD 736 Steve Bach - Zero Gravity Steve Bach Zero Gravity(CD, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Cafe Records CAFE CD 736 US 1987 Sell This Version
Cafe CD-738 Steve Brown (17) - Child's Play Steve Brown (17) Child's Play(CD, Album) Cafe Records Cafe CD-738 USA, Canada & Europe 1987 Sell This Version
CAFE CD 739 Moro (7) - Pieces Of Anda Moro (7) Pieces Of Anda(CD, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Cafe Records CAFE CD 739 1988 Sell This Version
CAFE CD 2-732 Buddy Rich & His Band* - Mr. Drums: Buddy Rich & His Band Live On King Street, San Francisco Buddy Rich & His Band* Mr. Drums: Buddy Rich & His Band Live On King Street, San Francisco(2xCD, Album) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CAFE CD 2-732 US 1986 Sell This Version
CAFE L-729 Dwayne Smith & Art Johnson - Heartbound Dwayne Smith & Art Johnson Dwayne Smith & Art Johnson - Heartbound(LP, Album) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CAFE L-729 US 1985 Sell This Version
CAFE L-731 Steve Brown (17) - Good Lines Steve Brown (17) Good Lines(LP) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CAFE L-731 US 1983 Sell This Version
CAFE L-735 Karen Blake - Just One Heart Karen Blake Just One Heart(LP, Album) Cafe Records CAFE L-735 US 1986 Sell This Version
CAFE L-737 Ian Dogole - Dangerous Ground Ian Dogole Dangerous Ground(LP, Album) Cafe Records, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab CAFE L-737 US 1987 Sell This Version
CANDY095 Kansas (2) - Vinyl Confessions Kansas (2) Vinyl Confessions(CD, Album, RM) Rock Candy CANDY095 UK 2011 Sell This Version
DAD 3621 Dead Can Dance - Into The Labyrinth Dead Can Dance Into The Labyrinth(2xLP, Album, RE, RM) 4AD DAD 3621 USA & Europe 2016 Sell This Version
DCDBOX 2 Dead Can Dance - SACD Box Set Dead Can Dance SACD Box Set(Box, Comp, Ltd + SACD, Hybrid, Album, RM, Aud + SA) 4AD DCDBOX 2 2008 Sell This Version
DDS-8111 D-Day (2) - Right To Know D-Day (2) Right To Know(7", Single, TP) Moment Productions DDS-8111 US 1981 Sell This Version
FRWY 2-26 Various - Voices Of The Angels (Spoken Words) Various Voices Of The Angels (Spoken Words)(2xLP, Comp) Freeway Records FRWY 2-26 US 1982 Sell This Version
FZ 38002 Kansas (2) - Vinyl Confessions Kansas (2) Vinyl Confessions (Album) FZ 38002 US 1982 Sell This Version
GP-2781 Phillip Sandifer - Never Steal The Show Phillip Sandifer Never Steal The Show(LP, Album) PSP Records GP-2781 US 1981 Sell This Version
JLSW-10008 Eric Mintel Quartet Featuring Charles Fambrough - Impressions Of Jazz Eric Mintel Quartet Featuring Charles Fambrough Eric Mintel Quartet Featuring Charles Fambrough - Impressions Of Jazz(LP, Album, 200) Jazz Lions JLSW-10008 US 1996 Sell This Version
JM-XR24017 Sviatoslav Richter - Beethoven Appassionata And Funeral March Sonatas Sviatoslav Richter Beethoven Appassionata And Funeral March Sonatas(CD, Album, Ltd, RM, S/Edition, XRC) BMG Classics, Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab JM-XR24017 Japan 2004 Sell This Version
KIR 85714 Kansas (2) - Vinyl Confessions Kansas (2) Vinyl Confessions (Album) KIR 85714 Europe 1982 Sell This Version
L 43043 Michael Hedges - Breakfast In The Field Michael Hedges Breakfast In The Field(LP, Album, RE) Festival Records, Windham Hill Records L 43043 Australia 1988 Sell This Version
MELT-011 Anthrax - Persistence Of Time Anthrax Persistence Of Time(2xLP, Album, RE, Gat) Wax Cathedral, Universal Music Special Markets MELT-011 US 2015 Sell This Version
MELT-012 John Cale - Fear John Cale Fear(LP, Album, RE) Wax Cathedral, Island Records, Universal Music Special Products MELT-012 US 2015 Sell This Version
MELT-014 John Cale - Helen Of Troy John Cale Helen Of Troy(LP, Album, RE, Gat) Wax Cathedral, Island Records, Universal Music Special Markets MELT-014 US 2015 Sell This Version
MFCD 748 The Firesign Theatre - Fighting Clowns The Firesign Theatre Fighting Clowns(CD, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 748 US 1993 Sell This Version
MFCD 749 Eddie Hinton - Letters From Mississippi Eddie Hinton Letters From Mississippi(CD, Album, RE) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, The Mighty Field Of Vision MFCD 749 US 1993 Sell This Version
MFCD 750 Webb Pierce - Sands of Gold & Sweet Memories Webb Pierce Sands of Gold & Sweet Memories(CD, Comp) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 750 US 1993 Sell This Version
MFCD 751 The Dixie Hummingbirds - We Love You Like A Rock / Every Day And Every Hour The Dixie Hummingbirds We Love You Like A Rock / Every Day And Every Hour(CD, Comp) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 751 US Unknown Sell This Version
MFCD 752 Chris Spedding - Cafe Days Chris Spedding Cafe Days(CD, Album, RE, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 752 US 1991 Sell This Version
MFCD 753 Various - Live At Reggae Sunsplash 1982 Various Live At Reggae Sunsplash 1982(CD, Comp, RM) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Sunsplash Records MFCD 753 US 1992 Sell This Version
MFCD 754 The Nighthawks (3) - Open All Nite The Nighthawks (3) Open All Nite(CD, Album, RM, S/Edition) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab, Adelphi Records Inc. MFCD 754 US 1995 Sell This Version
MFCD 755 The Phil Woods Quartet - 'More' Live The Phil Woods Quartet 'More' Live(CD, Album, RE) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 755 US Unknown Sell This Version
MFCD 756 The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers Of Chicago Illinois* - Walk-On / The Old Ship Of Zion The Pilgrim Jubilee Singers Of Chicago Illinois* Walk-On / The Old Ship Of Zion(CD, Comp) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 756 US 1992 Sell This Version
MFCD 757 The Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor Band - Live In Japan The Amos Garrett, Doug Sahm, Gene Taylor Band Live In Japan(CD, Album) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 757 Japan 1991 Sell This Version
MFCD 758 The Firesign Theatre - Dear Friends The Firesign Theatre Dear Friends(CD, Album, RE) Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab MFCD 758 US 1992 Sell This Version

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tangerinegripz

tangerinegripz

August 11, 2022
Guy below me reads like the average american "consoomer" with no self respect: "I will buy their products, I will get excited for new products, and I will be happy". What are you loyal to? Getting scammed? Like someone else said, you are using a strawman argument by claiming that people are angry about the fact that they were listening to a dsd file rather than an AAA cut, when its only a subset of them. In reality it's mainly about the fact that MoFi outright lied about their mastering sources and created artificial scarcity based on the fact that they had limited access to analogue tapes, all while charging premium. That's a terrible thing to do and shows that they do not care for their consumer base. Hopefully such scandal will also lead to every boutique and reissue label to start disclosing their mastering sources rather than be wishy-washy about it. Kevin Gray and Chris Bellman have stated multiple times that reissue labels tell them to never reveal such information, unless the hype sticker states it or otherwise. The vinyl community deserves better.
Bad_Astronaut

Bad_Astronaut

August 6, 2022
The fallout continues. The Washington Post article. Yet another Fremer video.
Even now we see the devout followers of Fremer begin to engage in a new delusion.
They will convince themselves that they knew all along that the One Steps were digital.
They will convince themselves that they never really liked the records that they once loved.
They will convince themselves that they could hear that it wasn't really analog.
They will describe hearing "digititis" in the records they once loved.
They will accept whatever their dear Svengali tells them as absolute gospel.
Sadly, there might even be legal action taken.
Mobile Fidelity might go under.
This is just sad.
I have and will continue to support MFSL and buy their products. They have made some of the best LPs I own.
MFSL proved that even with the best equipment available, when done right, you can't tell the difference between analog and digital. Fremer, the man with the golden ears, was fooled for a decade, no matter what he says now. He has repeatedly praised MFSL. Now he backs way, but his praise of them is in the public record.
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Bad_Astronaut

Bad_Astronaut

July 31, 2022
To all of the audiophiles complaining. You have been praising the One Steps for several years now. Years. Now that you know it's a 4 X DSD copy that all these are based on, you're mad? You liked it before! Seriously! You guys all loved it because it sounded great. Guess what? IT STILL SOUNDS GREAT! Sure they lied. With guys like Fremer out there beating it into our heads that digital is the devil, they had no choice but to lie if they were going to stay in business. If I knew it was digital, I would NOT have bought it either. Now that I know, I'm okay with it. If MFSL had come out and been upfront about it, they would have gone out of business. We saw Fremer and that German dude that slobbers on him have their "clutch the pearls" moment on Youtube, which was funny. Does it mean some of you will ditch you MFSL records? Does it mean I can buy the Marvin Gaye and Donald Fagen One Steps at a decent price? I'll be super happy if so. These One Steps sound fantastic! They are awesome. You guys need to lighten up. It's not the end of the world. I'd hate to see you guys when you were kids and found out that there was no Santa Claus. I'll bet you were inconsolable.
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leokats

leokats

July 22, 2022
edited 16 days ago
GAIN 2™ Ultra Analog LP 180g Series & Gain 2™ Ultra Analog 45RPM 180g Series (moment of silence). What a bunch of crooks. If MoFi really cared to provide us customers with the best possible sound they would sell those 256 DSD files in the form of file downloads (can't fit them to SACD/CDs). Instead they sell us lossless digital files embedded in a lossy analog record (compromised medium) when the original source is analog conversion done twice and they call this a one-step process. And they also charge 125$. Infuriating.

They purposefully misled consumers because they knew they wouldn't sell so many records if they clarified the digital step in their records (and don't give us bs excuses like using DSD for the shake of providing the best sound possible - vinyl audiophile crowd cares only about the analog magic sound and not always about the highest possible fidelity. We would have bought digital if that was the case; however in MoFi's case the highest fidelity digital source they are offering is ironically their vinyl. Since they are doing 256 dsd transfers from their sources their SACDs digital files would have to get through a nasty downsample process (PCM might also get involved) to convert to DSD64. Judging from their attitude I find it very hard to believe that they would care to make three simultaneous independent transfers for SACDs and vinyl, meaning a 256 dsd transfer for vinyl, a 64 dsd for SACD and an 16bit/44khz transfer for the redbook layer of their SACD.

And to make matters even worse I am not sure they are even doing fresh DXD transfers from masters for every single of their new titles; we know they did this for Santana and Miles but for many others releases like Ry Cooder, Charles Mingus (and many more) it's pretty evident that they re-used some of the already existing transfers (at-least for their SACDs releases). At this point their deceiving behaviour is kinda of a business model and me personally I take everything they say with a grain of salt, very disappointed to say the least!
DownSouthVinyl

DownSouthVinyl

July 21, 2022
MoFi definitely dug themselves into a hole on this one. The issue for myself isn't that they use a DSD copy of the original master tape for cutting their lacquers, it's the fact that they were dishonest about it. For all of the marketing and fancy wording surrounding the Gain 2 Ultra Analog mastering system, they definitely gave everyone the impression that they were cutting AAA. Detailing the source and whether the lacquer was cut analog or from DSD on the back of the jacket requires such little effort and would clear a lot up. I also get the impression from the recent interview that the mastering engineers were taking a beating for blame that should really be placed on the marketing team.

The other thing that bothers me about this entire conflict are the people who are now completely disowning MoFi and acting as if they weren't praising the label's sound quality up until the past 5 minutes. You don't have to approve of their lack of transparency to admit that the releases you've liked before this whole mess still sound good. My "Sunday at the Village Vanguard" UD1S is still the best sounding record I've ever heard. A lot of MoFi titles will still sound great to me. The one positive I have to give MoFi from that interview is when one of the engineers said they'd prefer to have endless time with a DSD conversion of the original master tape, rather than just a day with it physically to try and get everything right. MoFi puts a ton of time getting their remasters to sound just how they want, and at the end of the day, the sound quality of the product really speaks for itself.

I want MoFi to continue speaking with members of the community and try to gain back the trust of those that they've lost.
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patientot

patientot

July 20, 2022
edited 18 days ago
RE: the recent controversy on MOFI sourcing some LP releases from DSD digital copies of masters:

I definitely think there was some deception, a minimum, based on answers I've got straight from the company before. MOFI should IMMEDIATELY create a website with every release from the last 10-20 years saying what is what as far as an AAA cut vs. a ADA cut. People deserve to know.

I'm glad they are coming clean now but this is only the FIRST STEP and they need to follow through. If they believe in their brand, they need to be the market leaders here and other labels need to adopt a similar system and be transparent with sourcing and cutting.

For me personally, I doubt I will ever buy another MOFI LP again. I have to draw the line somewhere and I don't think I want to spend money with MOFI or the parent company Music Direct for some time. People that feel the same way should vote with their wallets.
gsheputis

gsheputis

March 31, 2022
Van Halen ???!!! - are you kidding me ? How embarrassing for Mofi - what a waste of resources and nothing but a money grab for some of most stoopid music ever made - must have got a good price on the licensing.......very bad choice MoFi, who's gonna buy this pap ? Not an audiophile with any taste for good music, that's for sure - but there will be the flippers, wonder how long it will take to flip and make any money at all ? A long time, I will guarantee you, compared to the rest of the UD1S issues - and aside from the first album, it will be interesting to see how long it takes for these to sell out...It'll be great to see if they can't sell them all, and offering them at a reduced price.......!
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gleebi

gleebi

January 29, 2022
I have some great pressings from MoFi some as old as 30 years. Unfortunately, MoFi got sandwiched between the "death of vinyl" due to CDs and its recent resurgence due to vintage awareness and finally awareness that sound/music is an analog phenomenon. The result of being squeezed is Music Direct of Chicago bought them and have done what so often happens in acquisitions. They have cut staff, let go talent, and managed from the spreadsheet with the resulting loss of quality and customer service. They seem so mismanaged now by MD they cannot seem to keep vinyl production going - most titles are "sold out." Buying online directly from MoFi or MusicDirect has resulted in numerous order fulfillment errors, all of which MD refused to correct except at my expense and inconvenience. I will no longer buy from them and have found greater Audiophile satisfaction & customer service from Analogue Productions/Acoustic Sounds. AP/AS still care about the "art" and not the bottomline as the owner of MD clearly favors. Avoid these cynical crooks if you can.
johnsazzr1200

johnsazzr1200

August 9, 2021
Well how is this for non-existent customer service..I just purchased the KOB 2x45rpm box set and lI received disc 2 of KOB and The Cars Shake it Up..they will not send the correct disc 1...Great Covid customer service...not
davesvinylrecovery

davesvinylrecovery

February 18, 2021
Awful company...I purchased the j cash 45 lp and one month later they said there was an inventory error and they couldn't send me the album...anyone else had this??
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