At last a Turntable Record Weight which works as it should
Turntable Record weights or clamps serve 2 purposes
a) They flatten warped records on the platter – thus giving your cartridge an easier ride and enabling it to maintain the same VTA (angle to the record).
b) They change the way your records sound by damping their vibration.
Most clamps flatten records successfully but have very mixed results on sound quality. As a generalization, most tend to enhance the bass whilst dulling down the upper mid-band. There is also a perceived slowing down of the sound and the decay of notes suffers.
For 25 years or so we’ve tested turntable record weight designs (both ours and 3rd parties) and never come across a weight or clamp which enhanced sound quality. Then one year we were sharing a room at the Indulgence show with the importer of the Shun Mook record weight. To my astonishment this actually worked and enhanced everything in the music with no downside. The only problem was that it cost £2000.
This experience got us thinking and after some interesting design experiences with previously untested materials we though it worth trying again.
What it sounds like
The result is a turntable record weight which makes a significant contribution to improving bass definition, weight and depth but it also enhances the mid-band and treble through better separation, transparency and decay of notes. This is where most other clamps cause degradation but the Origin Live clamp excels.
We are so pleased with the results that we now offer this as an upgrade for all other decks. As with so many of our products this carries a guarantee of satisfaction or your money back. If you wish to hear what a well designed turntable record weight can do for your sound quality please place an order. Should you be anything other than delighted with the results just return the clamp for a full refund.
My deck will be different to the one you tested the clamp on so there is there any guarantee of improvement?
This a valid concern, however a record clamp is primarily in contact with the record rather than your deck. Although the deck will affect the vibration of the record, the effect of exerting control from the topside of the record is different. To test this point we tried the clamp on:
- Solid platters
- Platters topped with felt mats
- Suspended decks
- Non suspended decks
In all cases the improvements of the record weight were the same as listed above.
Feedback from Decibel Hi Fi customers
Just to say that I'm very pleased with the Origin Live record weight I recently purchased. I noticed that you mentioned it again in your latest newsletter. For what it's worth, I was surprised at the improvement it made. Admittedly, I'm using a fairly low end deck, a Rega P3, but I tried it across a variety of genres, record weights, and old and new vinyl and it consistently provided greater clarity and tighter bass, even on some 200g vinyl. It is expensive but worth it, I'd say. R.L. NSW Jan 2020
Turntable Record Weight Reviews (as on Origin Live website)
These comments are mainly about previous versions of the record weight.
The Turntable Record Weight by Origin Live is a must for every turntable. We have all seen record weights before, but not like this one…” Read the full review >
Tony Sharman (Reviewer for Hi-Fi Magazines)
“It’s a big thumbs up on the record weight! There’s certainly no smoke and mirrors, it just does what it says on the tin, you always deliver on your promises at Origin Live.”
…your record clamp works well and I’ve used/heard many, this one improves all aspects the others masked/muddled some area of the vinyl and I stopped using them till now. Read more owner comments >
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