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    Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    Quick question... on an inexpensive turntable that has an acrylic platter and comes with a felt pad, should I use the pad or put the album directly on the platter. I have heard in the past that placing an album on a glass or acrylic platter is better then using a pad. The manufacture states that either work nicely. They state that the tonearm is adjusted for the 1/8" thick pad but that some users prefer to put the album directly on the acrylic platter. They conclude that either is fine.

    Any opinions???
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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    Whichever way doesn't cause static buildup. I myself would use a pad because it helps me grip the record to get it off the platter while it spins.
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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    I use cork. I find that here in Florida that I get noise with the felt pads or use a rubber pad


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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Quick question... on an inexpensive turntable that has an acrylic platter and comes with a felt pad, should I use the pad or put the album directly on the platter. I have heard in the past that placing an album on a glass or acrylic platter is better then using a pad. The manufacture states that either work nicely. They state that the tonearm is adjusted for the 1/8" thick pad but that some users prefer to put the album directly on the acrylic platter. They conclude that either is fine.

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    Try both and go with what sounds better.

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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    With my Rega I kept the felt mat on the platter. I didn't like the idea of LP's laying on the hard surface. Thinking back, I think that is actually a glass platter.

    I do not use a mat with my Clear Audio, The platter has a different type of hard surface and I use a clamp to hold the LP in place.
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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    On my Vpi Prime I played records directly on the aluminum platter. With the AMG directly on the vinyl surface of the platter.

    I would argue it depends on your system, cart and personal preferences. Typically a platter mat of some sort softens the sound a bit. Therefeore, if you have a bright sounding system, I would try a mat.


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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    Thanks for the input. Another opinion a vinyl head friend gave me is that he thinks a felt mat can be a dust collector. He also suggested trying them both to see if I hear a difference.
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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    Iím interested in this and have little to zero experience and like to see further comments.

    Here are my thoughts:

    Delrin seems to be a material used in making platters and itís expensive, similar to that of the record. So I get why people would not use a mat under this scenario. Acrylic is used as well, whatís the difference in materiel, Iím not sure, to me itís all a composite.

    From my understanding the raw material against each other will provide a more balanced frequency response whereas the mat will tone things down.

    As weight is used in setting, thatís where it gets even more controversial. Mat no mat, 110 gram to 200 gram weight affecting thickness.

    When my new table arrives, My thought is to stick with the mat, and have all settings for middle of the road and call it a day.








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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    Quote Originally Posted by Randy Myers View Post
    Quick question... on an inexpensive turntable that has an acrylic platter and comes with a felt pad, should I use the pad or put the album directly on the platter. I have heard in the past that placing an album on a glass or acrylic platter is better then using a pad. The manufacture states that either work nicely. They state that the tonearm is adjusted for the 1/8" thick pad but that some users prefer to put the album directly on the acrylic platter. They conclude that either is fine.

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    Re: Acrylic Platter with or without felt pad?

    I use the derenville magic mate and being hypnotized by the result.


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