Mobile Fidelity Hybrid Stereo (and Mono) SACDs

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4-earredwonder

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I completely agree with you, I always jump at the chance. I think they have a little sneaky thing however, that I have noticed.
When they are released I like to buy from MOFI direct, shipping is fast, packaging always good, and not that it should matter i will get a lower release number which satisfies the collector in me.
That said, they charge $7.99 in shipping, which is expensive.
What I have noticed is they usually release in pairs, but a week apart.
I am not saying on purpose, but $7.99 X 2 is now really significant.
Last week when Paul Simon was released, I thought, I'm going to wait and see what happens, but I pulled the trigger anyway, thinking my theory is probably wrong.
Sure enough this week they release Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky.
My gut was correct.
I did not purchase as I have the BD-A surround version.
And you didn't even mention local sales tax, Markie ....so that disc set you back 40 smackers! I ordered Still Crazy from Elusive disc along with other a few other much anticipated titles to satisfy their $99 free s/h fee and they didn't even charge me sales tax [8.375%]. I do believe Dutton Vocalion has spoiled us all as I do feel their Stereo SACD remasters are every bit on parity with all the U.S. reissue companies .... but of course, they're not privy to the Columbia and Warner titles which MoFi is....which IS the trade~off!

And ironically, the Alan Parson's Project stand alone BD~A of Eye in the Sky only set me back $15 and sounds EXCEPTIONAL in surround ...... Why spend $30 for MoFi's Stereo SACD unless of course you are a COMPLETIST!

And the numbering of Stereo SACDs [and even Gold CDs] is a 'vanity thing' as that tradition harked back to the days of vinyl pressings when numbers did matter as a LOW number meant it was closer to the metal stamper which did ensure increased quality in reproduction. Not so as pertains to digital!
 
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Clint Eastwood

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I completely agree with you, I always jump at the chance. I think they have a little sneaky thing however, that I have noticed.
When they are released I like to buy from MOFI direct, shipping is fast, packaging always good, and not that it should matter i will get a lower release number which satisfies the collector in me.
That said, they charge $7.99 in shipping, which is expensive.
What I have noticed is they usually release in pairs, but a week apart.
I am not saying on purpose, but $7.99 X 2 is now really significant.
Last week when Paul Simon was released, I thought, I'm going to wait and see what happens, but I pulled the trigger anyway, thinking my theory is probably wrong.
Sure enough this week they release Alan Parsons Project - Eye In The Sky.
My gut was correct.
I did not purchase as I have the BD-A surround version.
I have to say that I don't understand buying from MoFi over Music Direct...as far as those numbers go...they don't mean anything and have no value...and by getting them early...you do pay more for shipping....I started liking Music Direct because I got sick and tired of Acoustic $ounds...Music Direct was vastly cheaper and you could actually talk to someone that would help you....this "numbering" is sorta a pet peeve with me....Audio Fidelity did the same thing and they had the infamous "subscriptions"...which you paid to be a member and were supposed to get it early....
 

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I have to say that I don't understand buying from MoFi over Music Direct...as far as those numbers go...they don't mean anything and have no value...and by getting them early...you do pay more for shipping....I started liking Music Direct because I got sick and tired of Acoustic $ounds...Music Direct was vastly cheaper and you could actually talk to someone that would help you....this "numbering" is sorta a pet peeve with me....Audio Fidelity did the same thing and they had the infamous "subscriptions"...which you paid to be a member and were supposed to get it early....
Am in total agreement, Clinty [especially regarding the numbering....see my post #381]. And not to sound like a cheapskate, but I always waited for Music Direct's 15 and 20% off sales bi~yearly and always opted for free s/h.

IMO, paying $40 for a single Stereo SACD is highway robbery ...... when one considers individual shipping charges AND LOCAL TAX!

Heck, even the new ECM Stereo SHM~SACDs pressed in Japan are currently under $28!

 
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Just picked up the Beck Sea Change MOFI. I love this album and have had the DVD-A since release. After reading about the mastering by MOFI I had to get this to compare,

Sonically the DVD-A definitely resolves better. However I do like the way this master portrays the instruments. It’s cool to that some little extra things like count in’s by the band were left on the disc. Still prefer the surround and hi Rez but fun to compare,
 

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