New Dire Straits 45RPM reissues from Mobile Fidelity


Sorry this took me awhile!  I have finally had the opportunity to listen and compare these (4) new titles from MOFI.

Communique
Dire Straits
Love Over Gold
Making Movies

These are the JUST RELEASED titles on 45RPM from MOFI.

I was able to compare, (so far), Dire Straits and Love Over Gold with my various copies.  I have the US, UK and German first pressings and Japanese pressings of both.

I have always thought that the German pressings were the best followed closely by the UK pressings.

These new MOFI's are ABSOLUTELY STUNNING!!!  Super duper quiet and completely flat.  The music just explodes from the black background.  And the BASS...wow!  Wide, open soundstage with exquisite layering and texture. These are simply the BEST pressings that I have ever heard from the Dire Straits catalog...period.

I have listened to the other two, (Communique & Making Movies), but haven't had the chance to compare them to my other copies.  I have several different versions of each, but time has caught up with me.  From just the listening sessions, I am pretty confident that they will too be better than any of the others.

They are already sold out at many places, but they are going to repress them.

All of my copies were between 100-200 as far as serial numbers go, so I do have some very early copies.

If you can find them, buy them.  It's a no brainer.

ONE OF MY HIGHEST RECOMMENDATIONS!!!
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At what cost though?
Sorry, I should have included that.  Retail is $49.99 each. 2 LP sets with excellent packaging, (not as nice as the UD1S), but still very well done.
I got them all and have listened to Making Movies and Self Titled. I thought they both sounded fantastic. 
I got the MoFi 45 Brothers in Arms late last year. The sound quality was everything you say, simply stunning (one of the few that can stand up to a White Hot Stamper) but sad to say it was also the worst, and I mean absolute worst, pressings ever. Skips, pops, crackles, every track, every side. 

Acoustic Sounds told me it was the most-returned defective record they ever had. The next one I got was much better, but still by no means anywhere near what it should be. Way down at the bottom of all MoFi records I ever bought. Ever.

To the best of my knowledge this one now is just another pressing run of the same record. Which if so is both the good news and the bad news. The good news being, sonically impressive to the point where you can pretty much put it down as the very definition of demo disc. The bad news though, more of a question really, did they do it right this time? Or did you just get lucky???
I'm listening to Communique right now. It's dead quiet, dynamic, and sounds fantastic. 
@millercarbon...please get your facts straight. You made this same comment on another post that has no merit.

https://forum.audiogon.com/discussions/mofi-dire-straits-45rpm-2lp-albums-finally-shipping

That’s why I started a new thread because of your blabbering diatribe that has nothing to do with these. Geez, get a clue.

To the best of my knowledge this one now is just another pressing run of the same record.

Brother’s In Arms is NOT part of these! These took almost 3 years to release and MOFI made sure, (along with major input from Mark Knopfler) that they were done right.

BTW, my copy of BIA is perfect and sounds great. These are even better.

How about actually listening to these before you make stupid statements...
I ordered my copies last week - wasn't aware they had sold out DOH.  Music Direct said ~4 weeks, but didn't sound certain.  The waiting game...
How about actually listening to these before you make stupid statements...


When I call Acoustic Sounds and they tell me yes BIA45 is the worst they ever had, and there will be another pressing run of BIA45 but they don't know when it will be, and then less than a year later sure enough there's another run of BIA45, how in the world is it stupid to wonder if its the same crap quality or better? Splain it to me. Seriously. You're the one throwing the insults. So explain to me please how its stupid to want to know?
@millercarbon...

My post(s) have NOTHING to do with Brother's In Arms, why don't you understand that?

Either you can't read or comprehend or both.  If you read and understood my posts, you would NOT have posted what you did.

If you wanted to rip on BIA, start a new thread, but stay off of mine unless you have something USEFUL to contribute.

These NEW reissues are COMPLETELY different from the BIA which was released almost FIVE years ago.




I agree with the OP entirely. Great review mofimadness, thanks. I have the MFSL Dire Straits and Love Over Gold 45rpm disc and to my ears they sound about as good as they are ever going to get. To top it all the packaging is superb and the disc are very flat and quiet.

But, then again, how about an Ultradisc One Step (UD1S) pressing?. Probably going to get some flak for suggesting this!

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But, then again, how about an Ultradisc One Step (UD1S) pressing?

That would be SWEET!  But which one?  If MOFI could only do one, I would pick...
@mofimadness I recently purchased the full set and cannot say it any better than your initial post here.  I am blown away!

My copy of Love Over Gold had 2 flaws and I would love to know your thoughts

1)  Track 1 has the first 32 seconds with a loud whooshing static, then a loud pop and it goes silent as expected.  I have cleaned the record, stylus and played many other albums.  Every time I go back to this track I get the exact same 32 seconds.

2) The dynamics of track 5 seem muted.  With every other song across all 5 albums the MoFi Gain 2 track is as you described above in comparison to the original US pressing.  This song though sounds notably worse compared to the original.  It is really odd.  Music Direct is replacing the copy once the next batch is done.  Track 1 seems like a physical flaw of my copy.  Track 5 worries me that it could have been a widespread issue from the transfer.  

@dhite71...thanks for the reply and kind words!  I did not notice these issues with mine, but I will go back and listen to make sure.

What serial number do you have?  Mine are all very low.  I wonder if it might be an issue with later batches?
I already boxed it up and am awaiting the return label, but I believe it was around 5000.  I don't think that is a concern as here are my other numbers and BIA is just as impressive as the others at its high pressing number.  

Communique - 6143
Brothers In Arms - 16777
Self Titled - 5001
Making Movies - 5872
Can I ask for clarification? Is the bad BIA release AMOB 441?
We must have placed our orders around the same time...

Communique - 270
Brothers In Arms - 8146
Self Titled - 127
Making Movies - 279
Love over Gold - 274
Listened to Communique tonight...it is everything that everyone is saying. Super album with excellent SQ. The Dire Straits MFSL's are a no brainer for anyone that likes this band.