Mobile Fidelity STUDIODECK

It’s only natural to use the word “Studio” in the name of one of our turntables, as doing so brings together MoFi’s software and hardware sides. And while it’s our entry-level offering, StudioDeck produces high-caliber sound at a value price. Designed in collaboration with some of the world's finest audio designers, StudioDeck features an incredible amount of ingenuity and technology usually reserved for much more expensive products.

Mobile Fidelity adroitly enlisted Allen Perkins of Spiral Groove fame, who is said to have designed and overseen all aspects of production with Mobile Fidelity StudioDeck. Allen Perkins is a San Francisco turntable guru, whose own Spiral Groove turntables start at $18,000. Spiral Groove’s well reviewed and fabulous looking turntables routinely soar into the tens of thousands and legitimately have staked out their own corner of the ultra high-end echelon. One can see why Mobile Fidelity felt they had landed big fish, so to speak, when they empowered Mr. Perkins to see what can be accomplished using his wits on their new decks.

The StudioDecks construction starts with aluminium ruling the day with a wide plate of the material bonded to MDF plywood to form the plinth of the table and the appears again in the 10’’ gimballed bearing tone arm. The aluminium provides added mass dampening in the plinth and rigidity in the tonearm and judging by similar choices made in high dollar Spiral Groove tables are a good indication that StudioDeck’s design is coming from a higher plane of existence. The StudioDeck is run by a decoupled 300RPM AC motor and you will find a ¾’’ platter and pulley system made from Delrin™ material. Delrin™ is a proprietary polymer material developed by the DuPont Corporation, the crystalline structure of which is thought by Mobile Fidelity to be ideal in effectively shielding the stylus from unwanted motor noise or vibration.

The StudioDeck’s inverted bearing is comprised of a combination of Teflon, steel, and bronze normally associated with more expensive tables that prize silent rotational stability.  Mobile Fidelity rounds out your hard-working turntable expenditure with a set of anti-vibration feet designed by Harmonic Resolution Systems to further separate any unwanted vibrations from your playback. HRS is yet another highly thought of name in the industry that Mobile Fidelity enlisted to go ahead and get the StudioDeck right the first time around. The build quality and feel clearly exceed most anything you are going to find at its price point.

The StudioDeck’s sonic strength seems to be a well illuminated and well rounded mid-range that is able to faithfully deliver an analogue experience that will exceed your expectations given its modest price. The instruments are bursting with detail and the sound spills into your listening room with a presence not expected from a table in this price range. If you are looking for a laid back easy listening presentation look elsewhere. But if your music preferences tend towards faster-paced, higher-energy music of any variety the StudioDeck is right up your alley.The sound produced by the StudioDeck would best be described as up close and personal.

The StudioDeck's general composure is assured, very clean, clear, and it just goes about its business of playing LPs without any hitches. Lesser turntables accentuate LP surface noise clicks and pops, the StudioDeck does not.The platter is made from Delrin, a thermoplastic from DuPont noted for its great stiffness as well as what MoFi calls its “wonderful impedance match to vinyl, effectively grounding unwanted noise and keeping it away from the stylus” certainly is a major contributing factor.

Vinyl is the most tactile of all music formats, so if the turntable feels awkward or cheap, playing music won't be much fun. its credit, MoFi Electronics has eschewed any gimmicks and spent their money on things that matter: a great, sturdy, yet medium-mass tonearm; a smooth drive system; a fabulous platter; a fine cartridge; and outstanding isolation from vibration. Overall, the sound is just so right! 



• 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



300 RPM AC Synchronous

33 1/3 RPM, 45.0 RPM

3.88 lb Delrin®

Wow & Flutter
0.017% – 0.025%

Signal-To-Noise Ratio

Power Supply Requirements
120V 60Hz, 220-230V 50Hz, 100V 50Hz

Power Consumption
< 5W

19.69" x 5.375" x 14.25"

19.1 lb


10" straight aluminum, gimbaled bearing

0.71" (18mm)

Offset Angle
22.8˚ (+/- 2˚ adjustable)

Effective Mass
35g (+/- 0.5g)

Cartridge Weight Range
5g – 10g


About StudioTracker Cartridge 

Mobile Fidelity's high-output StudioTracker MM phono cartridge takes its design philosophy from the label that makes the world's finest recordings. Mobile Fidelity has been true to the sound of the original master tape for the last five decades. It only follows that the Japan-made StudioTracker adhere to the same studio-level approach. True to the source, it reproduces what's in records' grooves: nothing more, nothing less. Distinguished with an extremely well-balanced frequency response and accurate dynamic swings, StudioTracker delivers a level of precision unmatched at this price.

Developed in collaboration between Mobile Fidelity Sound Lab engineers and Spiral Groove founder Allen Perkins, StudioTracker features two powerful low-mass magnets aligned in a "V" formation that parallel the way a record's grooves are cut by the studio engineers. StudioTracker's elliptical stylus allows it to dig deep into record grooves to extract the hidden cues located within, all without adding coloration. A proprietary material is applied inside the specially designed polymer headshell to maximize performance. The exciting result: An entry-level high-end cartridge on par with much more expensive models – and an instrument that achieves wondrous channel separation, detail retrieval, and dynamic responsiveness.

Indeed, StudioTracker's rich sonic character and smooth, highly accurate top end owe to the countless hours invested removing unwanted resonance and employing next-generation dampening elements to improve the sound. The overall design increases the control of the stylus/cantilever and generator, leading to heightened information retrieval and an extremely solidified bottom end. Developed to showcase the sound of Original Master Recordings, StudioTracker brings listeners closer to the artists' original intent at a cost almost anyone can afford.



  • Type: Dual Magnet (MM) Stereo
  • Weight: 6.4g
  • Tracking Force: 1.8-2.2g
  • Impedance: 47kOhm
  • Capacitance: 100pF
  • Frequency Response: 20-20,000Hz
  • Stylus: Elliptical
  • Output Voltage: 3.5mV

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