MoFi Delivers Another Record Perfectly Suited to the Stone Age Stereos of My Formative Years in Audio
Sonic Grade: F
I comment below about the ridiculous sound of the MoFi pressing of this album.
When you have a recording that is already plenty bright, adding more top end and taking out more lower midrange is the last thing in the world you should be doing.
Since that is standard operating procedure for MoFi (and other Half-Speed mastering outfits), that’s exactly the approach they ended up taking.
The sound that Emmylou and her producers were going for here is clean, detailed and low distortion, which is what the best pressings, the “hottest stampers,” deliver.
Those of you who have had the opportunity to play the Mobile Fidelity pressing of this record should know what a disaster it is.
Is brighter better? Apparently Mobile Fidelity thinks so. And they did the same thing to Gordon Lightfoot’s album. His voice sounds so phony on the MoFi that you’d swear it’s a bad CD.
But it’s not a bad CD. It’s an expensive audiophile record!
If you’ve spent any time on this blog, you should know by now that many audiophile records sound WORSE than the typical CD.
The typical CD does not have an equalization curve resembling a smile. The classic smile curve starts up high on the left, gets low in the middle, and rises again at the end, resulting in boosted bass, boosted top end, and a sucked out midrange — the Mobile Fidelity formula in a nutshell. (more…)