MoFi controversy

I see this hasn't been mentioned here yet, so I thought I'd put this out here.  Let me just say that I haven't yet joined the analog world, so I don't have a dog in this fight.

It was recently revealed that Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs one step LPs are being cut from digital masters (DSD) rather than being straight analog throughout the chain.

Here is one of the many Youtube videos that discusses it


To me, it seems that if MOFI is guilty of anything, it's "deception by omission."  That is, they were never open about the process and the use of digital in the chain. 

One thing to mention is that hardly anyone is criticizing the sound quality of these LPs, even after this revelation.  Me personally, I wouldn't spend over one hundred dollars for any recording regardless of the format.



I don't own any of them.

Always so much speculation on this discussion board.  I can tell you with certainty that mine don't sound any worse after getting this "news".  You may not think they are "worth" the asking price, but go try to find a copy of the Nightfly (or most any of them for that matter) and you'll see they are not losing their value.  


A couple of thoughts:

1. This is about misleading marketing practices...not which one sounds the best. A One Step could be made from an 8-track tape dub and may be the best sounding ever. However, the box needs to say the source and signal chain for such expensive pressings. 


2. Analog vs Digital. My guess with today's digital converters one would need to hear the original master tape and then a flat transfer(DSD) from that tape. Any sound quality differences at the consumer level probably has more to do with the mastering tweaks and/or format (LP, etc) and it's inherited sound charactoristics.



Fill the same as aberyclark

Once you tell the lie and know that it's going to produce fooled buyers how can we trust MOFI again.