The best platters to improve your turntable
A platter mat is a thin disc-shaped material that sits on the platter of the turntable and under the actual record. Its job is to hold the record firmly in place and absorb additional vibrations that could cause distortion (unlike a “slippery mat”, which serves the opposite purpose for DJs). It is one of the last links in the puzzle of your hi-fi system. And it’s often overlooked.
Your turntable undoubtedly already has a turntable mat, but it’s something you can easily and inexpensively upgrade, for performance or aesthetic reasons. When buying a tray mat, there are two main things to consider. The first is the material of the tray mat. They are available in a number of materials – such as felt, cork, rubber, leather, and acrylic – and which you choose will have an impact on the overall sound quality including vibrator.
Felt is a good material because it is so cheap, but it is also more prone to static electricity and slippage. Cork is a good and inexpensive option, but it’s not the most durable. Both rubber and leather are premium options, as they are both durable and do a great job of sticking to the disc.
That said, most people choose their tray mat based on how it looks. That’s because, admittedly, unless you’re an audiophile with a really keen ear, you probably won’t be able to hear the difference. So it kind of depends on how you want to show your turntable when there is no recording playing.
Most turntables come with inexpensive felt turntable mats, but if you’re considering upgrading or replacing them, we’ve got that in mind.
Corkery Hudson Hi-Fi Recessed Tray Mat
Price: 13 $
Pro-Ject felt tray mat
Price: $ 18
Fluance Rubber Tray Mat
Price: $ 20
Hudson Hi-Fi Acrylic Tray Mat
Price: 23 $
Pro-Ject: Leather tray mat
Price: $ 59
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