Mobile Fidelity Fender x MoFi PrecisionDeck Limited Edition Turntable
Brilliant Collaboration Between Two Revered American Companies: U.S.A.-Made Fender x MoFi PrecisionDeck Turntable Features Iconic Sunburst Finish, Sounds Incredible, and Is Limited to Just 1,000 Numbered Units
There's nothing like hearing the gentle "thump" of a needle after it drops down on a vinyl record, waiting the few anticipatory seconds for the lead-in groove to rotate through, and then, seemingly out of nowhere, enjoying the warmth, detail, and glorious sounds of an LP.
Visually, it touts the unmistakable and iconic tricolor sunburst pattern that stems from the early 1950s and mirrors the enduring look of Fender Precision Bass, Stratocaster, and Telecaster models. Sporting an exquisite urethane finish that ages extremely well and lends to exceptional durability, each PrecisionDeck undergoes the exact same hand-painting process Fender employs in its Custom Shop factory for its revered four- and six-string instruments.
An instant collector's item limited to only 1,000 units, it comes individually numbered and badged, distinguished with a nameplate not unlike the metal serial-number plates found on Fender guitars. Sonically, PrecisionDeck exemplifies audiophile-grade through and through, with true-to-the-source vinyl playback that's exceptionally quiet and free of its own signature. Historically, it completes a narrative arc that began in Leo Fender's radio-repair shop and continued generations later.
Before the first full-production electric guitar ever left his factory, Leo Fender dreamed of designing a different instrument: a high-quality turntable that would fill people's homes with the sound of pure, detailed, natural, lively music. He even drew up blueprints, received a patent, and, in 1945, sold the rights for $5,000 in advance royalties. And he doubtlessly saw the parallels between the pickups on electric guitars and the pickups (a.k.a. cartridges) on turntables. Now, more than 75 years later, Mobile Fidelity Electronics and Fender Corporation are making the pioneering inventor's analog vision a striking reality.
Like any product worth celebrating and owning, PrecisionDeck has a story that runs deep. A Fender VP initially got the idea for the initiative between Fender and Mobile Fidelity Electronics when visiting an audio dealer and learning about Mobile Fidelity Electronics ‘tables. The executive soon contacted Fender Custom Shop Principal Master Builder Yuriy Shiskov – a wood expert and one of Fender's most prominent luthiers – about the project. Mr. Shiskov promptly worked late into the evenings crafting slabs of swamp ash wood – the very same blocks that are utilized to make Fender Precision Bass guitars – until he perfected them into the gorgeous shape that became the foundation of PrecisionDeck. Each exacting plinth on every PrecisionDeck is sourced, milled, and finished by Fender before it is sent to Mobile Fidelity Electronics' Michigan factory for incorporation into PrecisionDeck.
Of course, unlike Fender guitars, turntables cannot be allowed to resonate. To ensure no such problems would occur and disturb the otherwise beautiful design and sound, Mobile Fidelity Electronics turned to acoustics expert Mike Latvis at Harmonic Resolution Systems. His ingenious solution: Attachment points and resonance cuts on the bottom of the low-resonance plinth, performed to spec at the mill before getting sent to Fender. Those are just a few of the cutting-edge attributions that allow the 25.5-pound PrecisionDeck, based off of Mobile Fidelity Electronics' award-winning UltraDeck model, to stand apart.
More About Mobile Fidelity Electronics' MasterTracker Cartridge
Fine-tuned by Allen Perkins and Mobile Fidelity, and hand-built in Japan with cartridge housing milled from solid aluminum billet in the USA, MasterTracker traces LP groove walls with surgical precision and stopwatch accuracy, giving you a purist-based picture of what was originally cut in the mastering studio. Equipped with pure Ohno continuous-cast copper coils and a trademarked Micro Linear diamond stylus – shaped just like a lathe's cutting head – this rarified instrument mines the seemingly limitless amounts of information embedded in vinyl's microscopic nooks and crannies, presenting music with grand-scale cinematic scope and three-dimensional detail.
MasterTracker plays with degrees of openness, clarity, and dynamics normally attributed to moving-coil cartridges. And its well-damped billet aluminum body yields payoffs you'll immediately hear: Unshakable reproduction of supremely complex passages and taut, edge-free bass. To further ensure MasterTracker's addictive performance, countless hours were spent removing unwanted resonance and employing next-generation dampening materials to improve overall performance.
Motor: 300 RPM AC Synchronous
Speeds: 33 1/3 RPM, 45.0 RPM
Platter: 6.8 lb Delrin
Wow & Flutter: 0.017% - 0.025%
Signal-To-Noise Ratio: 74dB
Power Supply Requirements: 120V 60Hz, 220-230V 50Hz, 100V 50Hz
Power Consumption: < 5W
Dimensions: 20.75" x 6" x 15.5"
Weight: 25.5 lbs.
Type: 10" Straight Aluminum, Gimbaled Bearing
Overhang: 0.71" (18mm)
Offset Angle: 22.8˚ (+/- 2˚ adjustable)
Cartridge Weight Range: 5g - 10g