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VIBRO-STOP PLATTER MATS

Can I use a single Vibro-stop Platter for my SL1200 turntable, or do I need to buy the double for it to work?

Yes, the single platter will absolutely work! The single thickness mat alone will significantly outperform the Technics heavy rubber mat. The “double thickness” is achieved by using two vibro-stop platters together, and on the SL1200 it brings an incremental but noticeable improvement over the single version – about a 25% extra level of clarity, but the single alone still provides outstanding results.

Many clients start with a single platter first, and then add the 2nd mat later as finances permit. This allows our customers to make a small investment first and then upgrade upon seeing how noticeable the difference is.

 

Is the underside of the mat matte, or textured rather than shiny to help it grip the platter surface better to avoid the possibility of slippage?

The underside of the mat is polished to a high gloss. This is an advantage for DJ use as this allows it to be used as an ultra-high quality slip-mat.

For audiophile use, we recommend an additional tweak, using a very thin sheet of cling-wrap captured between the Vibro-stop platter and the metal platter which prevents any form of slippage. It confers a little bit of further refinement to the overall performance – it’s one of those things that is barely measurable but is audible. 

 

Can you tell me the thickness of the mat? 

The single Vibro-stop mat is 3mm thick which is very close to thickness of the heavier rubber mats. 

 

Are the mats flexible or rigid?

The mats are fairly rigid and do not bend much. The hardness very closely approximates that of vinyl LP’s.

 

Is the mat totally flat or is there an indent for the record label?

The Vibro-stop platter mat has an indent to accommodate the record label. In addition the outer diameter is sized at 287mm diameter so the LP surface sits flat against the Vibro-stop for maximum contact.

 

I believe that the platter mat works very well when it is new. Do you know how resistant is the material to aging and the performance degradation due to aging?

According to the manufacturers, this grade of thermo-plastic performs well over time, unless exposed to a lot of stress and/or sunlight. There’s no real need to guarantee longevity as this is likely to last a lifetime.

 

I have an Audio Technica LP120 turntable, will the single Vibro-stop mat fit and work with this turntable?

Yes, the single Vibro-stop platter is the one to choose with the AudioTechnica LP120 or any of the other similar Technics clones. These all have fairly light platters which make for a nearly perfect match with this platter.

 

I need a mat to be 4mm minimum or 5 mm maximum in order to achieve the correct angle of my tonearm. No shims are being used. Is your Vibro-Stop mat suitable?

Ah yes, the VTA issue!

The thickness of the Vibro-Stop is 3mm… but please do read on as I have some suggestions for you.

VTA issues: the angle of the cutting heads was never fully standardized, and so we find various schools of thought promoting 15 degrees, 17 degrees, 20 or even 22 degrees of rake angle. LP cutting did seem to move to the steeper angles over the years. So, the “consensus” seems to be that it is better to be on the 20 to 22 degree side, giving the cartridge/tonearm a slight downward slope from back to front. (Having variable VTA is even better…)

In the competing mats category, I have seen only 3mm and 5mm mats… However, be aware that 5mm may in fact be too thick. Why?

According to the above discussion, (and in my experience) it is better to err toward a slight downslope, i.e. a higher VTA is better. And that is when LP’s are perfectly flat… please note that many LP’s, even when brand new, are not perfectly flat and show large areas that are slightly elevated away from the platters.

When this happens, and it happens a lot, it might be that the theoretically allowed 5mm thickness would in fact be too much. If you do have to deviate from the 4mm setting, you may be much better off going with the 3mm.

Even so, with the 3mm mat, you can still get to the “optimal” VTA. Here’s how: use calibrated shims between the cartridge and tonearm head!
It’s easy to make your own shims: use one or more made of hard thick cardboard to place between the cartridge and mounting surface on the head. This can greatly reduce headshell and cartridge body resonances. I routinely use shims for this very reason, even though my tonearm has VTA adjustment.

On the whole I would urge you to get one of our mats and experiment with shims to see which VTA actually sounds best on more of your LP’s. The combination will likely be a great improvement over most other mats, regardless of their thickness. Food for thought!

 

I’m using a Lenco tt L70. What is your recommendation? Does it work better with 1 mat or the double layer mat?

The Vibro-Stop will give you excellent results on turntables like the L70 and the Garrard rim-drive series.

A single VSPM will give you a significant level of improvement, likely to be very audible. It is 3mm thick, so you can adjust your VTA accordingly. If you choose to, you could start with one VSPM and then add another at a later date.

Now, because of the mass of the L70 platter, you are likely to find you get an additional benefit by using TWO of our VSPM, provided you can adjust the tonearm height to accommodate a 6mm platter mat thickness.

On the Lenco, the difference will be heard as a very substantial increase in clarity and definition. And, even though Pace, Rhythm and Timing are one of the Lenco’s strengths, that will also improve and inner detail will be heard much more clearly.