During the past 20 years the quality of record players and vinyl records have improved dramatically. Acoustic feedback is one of the big problems when playing records. The cause is the sound that has just been produced by the speakers which comes back to the record player and cause it to vibrate. The problems is that there is a very slight time difference between the reproduced sound and the sound that is fed back onto the record player. This results in a big loss of detail and clarity and makes the sound “muddy”. So every effort has to be done to isolate the record player from its surroundings as well as to isolate the record from the record player.
In order to reduce acoustic feedback from the surroundings back to the record and the cartridge a lot of effort has gone into developing turntable mats that make the reproduced sound crystal clear with great separation and detail. This has been done by experimenting with various materials which absorb unwanted vibrations which were not present in the original recording. Now many people are trying to combine these different materials as a sandwich at the same time in order to reach better results. Now Tonar offers you this opportunity to experiment yourself but at modest pricing.
In order to enhance the better contact between the record and the mat, the center part – with the dimensions of the label have been recessed to accommodate the thicker label part.
• Diameter 295 mm.
• Thickness 3 mm.
Nostatic II - an industrial felt mixed with carbon fibers, this mat excels at releasing the static charge from records and conducts it to earth using the metal spindle of the turntable.
Cork - classic material with good damping and vibration absorbing qualities that works well on most turntables due to its non-resonant properties
Cork & Rubber - the heavier mix of cork and rubber adds grip and anti-static properties as well as a great aesthetic. Works well on many turntables, particularly on steel and lightweight turntable platters, due to its highly non-resonant properties
White Perspex - a kind of acrylic, the Perspex mat enhances in particular the higher frequencies. Suitable for any turntable platter, it also adds a contemporary aesthetic that offers a contrast with retro turntables or combines effectively with modern ones.
Black Leather - a premium mat made from real leather/suede. With it's luxury look, it's also a material with great acoustic damping qualities to absorb unwanted vibrations, as well as getting a good grip on the vinyl
Which one is best for you depends on your own turntable, ears and eyes!