Origin Live
Upgrate Platter Mat ( Award Winner)

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This is probably the best low cost / high value upgrade you can make to your turntable regardless of it's brand name. Highly effective to add transparency, dynamics and bass depth. At only 1mm thick is easy to install without causing problems. The ...

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This is probably the best low cost / high value upgrade you can make to your turntable regardless of it's brand name. Highly effective to add  transparency, dynamics and bass depth. At only 1mm thick is easy to install without causing problems. The diameter is 296mm to fit inside the lip of decks such as the LP12 although mats are not always perfectly round due to production issues with the material used.
 
Thickness: 1mm, weight: 45 gram

A HIGHLY SIGNIFICANT UPGRADE


The unique Origin Live upgrade mat acts as the critical interface between your vinyl records and turntable

Experimentation with different mats are simple and quick The sound differences are usually obvious even if your deck does not have a mat

Users find that the upgrade mat makes a far greater difference than most mats but more importantly it is a positive difference to every aspect of the music

Bringing Music alive The new mat will greatly enhance your level of enjoyment due to the way it brings recordings alive Music becomes far better integrated and more natural In particular bass is solid and keeps time with the rest of the music too often one hears slow bass that lacks attack and has an overhang which muddies the rest of the music



Not only this but the mat produces bass extension of maybe an extra octave This new dimension of speed and air is not limited to the bass regions but extends right through the frequency range The key words to summarise the differences this mat makes are natural dynamic and transparent

Tone From a Mat

The other week I attended 2 live music performances given by entirely different groups It was interesting that in the first a violinist added superbly to a non classical band the leader remarked afterwards she has amazing tone Later that week an Orchestra conductor was introducing a lead cornet player doing a solo and remarked he has superb tone After listening to the first few notes I could understand what he meant It was the sort of rendition that was so noticably pleasurable to the ear that you wanted to keep listening Another player playing the same instrument may be technicaly brilliant hit all the right notes but just not be that pleasant to listen to

This provoked a lot of thought on the similarities of tone in hi fi equipment It has to do with that indefinable something that measurements dont really have much hope of capturing Some may claim to have the answers but the truth is usually far more complex The point of this story is that every material in the hi fi replay chain has a tone and some are far superior to others The material you use to support the actual playing surface in vinyl is probably one of the most important

The Function of a Platter Mat

A great platter mat has 3 functions which are very tricky to reconcile

1 To decouple the record from vibration entering it via the turntable this includes bearing noise transmitted motor noise through the drive system cartridge feedback chatter transmitted via the tonearm into the deck groundbourne/ airbourne audio feedback underground pumps etc

2 To absorb and transmit resonance out of the record itself It is hard to imagine the microscopic levels that a hi fi cartridge functions at The truth is that a stylus vibrating in a record groove sets the vinyl resonating in a way that will feedback into the stylus if not highly controlled This feedback may be momentary to the tiniest fraction of a second but will nonetheless create blurring of the signal and overlay other parts so that they will not be heard In other words there can be loss of information and addition of spurious noise to the intended signal A good platter mat can do a great deal to eliminate these problems

3 To transmit the drive to the record without elasticity or slip Unlikely as it may seem the surface that the record sits on responds very slightly to the amount of drag on the record At best this will be a very slight momentary elastic movement backwards but enough to slightly deaden the impact of a bass note drum strike for example At worst it will cause the record to slip backwards this is only blatently obvious when you can hear wow occuring as in the case of a badly dished record that only contacts the platter in the centre

Will it Work On Your Deck

Finding a mat that works universaly well on all turntables is almost like the quest for the Holy Grail In over 22 years we have experimented with countless platter mats varying from felt fiberglass air gap various foams cork graphite carbon fiber acrylic PVC MDF aluminium rubber silicon and steel laminates etc This is to name but a few Many of these mats yield significant improvements to some areas but have drawbacks in others

A mat that works well on acrylic platters is almost unheard of but this one really does the trick It also interfaces well with metal glass and composite platters

The Origin Live upgrade mat is only 1 mm thick and so is well within the ability of most tonearm height adjusters The material mix from which it is manufactured must remain confidential
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