The most obvious benefit, immediately observable when you install the new mat is a MASSIVE increase in clarity and articulation, bass goes deeper, instrument separation improves and the whole sound becomes more true to life.
"I've no hesitation in recommending it" HI-FI WORLD MAGAZINE
A brand new affordable platter mat to radically improve the sound of your records
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
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 don't 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
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.
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.
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.
Why a new mat?
To quote from the first user of the flexible upgrade mat
"Unbelievable difference, thought the Resolution turntable sounded good before, much better in every way than my Primare CD31 cd player, and infinitely better than other turntables I have owned.
After fitting it with Siver tonearm and a Dynavector 20 cartridge and now have added your new mat, I cannot stop listening to Vinyl.
The mat has improved all areas of the sound, most noticeable are the increase in soundstage, front to back mainly, the start and decay of instruments being played are also improved, detail is better, backing vocals that were audible before are now easier to follow, as are the lyrics of the main vocals.
But the largest improvement is the Bass performance, all notes are much clearer and the extension better, it has improved the timing of the music areas also which makes the musical message much more obvious, these are areas I was already more than happy with!
Surface noise is also reduced, which has resulted in more fine detail being heard, without those details being brought too far forward in the mix.
The Improvements in my system are amazing, I would have been impressed if this had been an arm upgrade or even a turntable upgrade, just can not get over all I have done is add a mat to it, bearing in mind I was using the turntable without one.
The rest of my system comprises of a Whest Audio 2 box phono stage, Primare I30 amplifier, and Wilson Benesch Actor loudspeakers.
Your brand has totally changed all my cynical thoughts, everything you have helped me with has exceeded my expectations.
The mat however is possibly the biggest improvement I have heard from any upgrade so far.
Thanks as always for your advice.
Rod ( Rob ) Woods
Will it work on your deck?
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. Diameter is 295mm.
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WonderfulBy: Iain C. on 18 June 2015Had a mini session with the platter mat last night, must do more comparison listens as I put the mat on and left it there while playing four albums and am enchanted by better sound-staging and an inky blackness between tracks and whenever music is absent. With further listening with mat on and off I have found with the mat on the platter the bass is tighter, far better defined. I have had a bit of an in-your -face treble problem which has now been dealt with by the addition of the mat while at the same time giving amazing definition to snares, hi-hats etc! I am not comparing this OL mat to any other, simply comparing the sound from a matless acrylic platter to that platter topped with the OL mat. And it is wonderful. Thank you for stocking a truly exceptional product.