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Mobile Fidelity - Santana, Abraxas UD1S 2-001


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Wow!

 

I've got quite a MFSL vinyl discs, but none of the ultra discs, because I just didn't see why they would be any better simply because they're 120 g heavier.  Lol 

 

Also have a bunch of Sheffield Lab discs, and Nautilus Superdiscs. 

 

Telarc made some great classical recordings as audiophile discs as well. Including one of the most famous records ever... Tchaikovsky's 1812 Overture. You can actually visibly see the 6Hz cannon shot grooves with your naked eye. Only one cartridge that I know of was ever able to track that groove, and that was the Shure V15 type V.

 

Now, if I could only find an exact replacement for that cartridge... Sigh

 

 

 

 

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2 hours ago, davidc said:

I've got quite a MFSL vinyl discs, but none of the ultra discs, because I just didn't see why they would be any better simply because they're 120 g heavier.  Lol 

 

 

There is a bit more than weight involved with the UD1S albums. Mobile Fidelity has a 1 step process of pressing the discs instead of 3 steps. They're now using a proprietary SuperVinyl, and all of the UD1S albums are 45 rpm discs.

 

You can read more about the process here...

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Hi David

Thanks for the fine memories. My experience exactly - visual observation of the grooves in the track, and ownership of the Shure V15 as well.

Sounded great on my C4000 and M400 and big VMPS tower (with 2 x 12" active woofers and 15" passive bottom slot firing sub-sub) back in 1982.

Quite impressive in a small student condo. LOL. But the canons are short bursts right?

 

 

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2 hours ago, davidc said:

Interesting. Is this the same way they did it 30-40 yrs ago when they first introduced it?

 

I'm not sure what "it" refers to, but the one step process is fairly new. It was introduced with Santana Abraxas UD1S 2-001, and I believe it was 2016. Their SuperVinyl is also relatively new, but they're also using it on some other albums. Two that I know of are Bob Dylan Desire, and Elvis Costello & Burt Bacharach Painted From Memory.  The Bob Dylan album was a limited release of 2000 at $75, now out of print and being listed on ebay in the $300 neighborhood. The Costello & Bacharach album is also sold out. The last one of those I saw on ebay was $150. It was limited to 2000 copies and originally priced at $50.

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