Instruments pop to life. Crackle is reduced. Vocals are clearer and more dramatic. The background is quieter, soundstage wider and deeper. How does this thing work? The secret is in the 12 isolation discs surrounding the outside of the mat and the single larger disc for the center label. The discs lift and support the record while floating it above and decoupling it from the platter. This lowers record vibration and reduces acoustic feedback. Stylus tracking is improved and record wear reduced. The mat eliminates the grunge and leaves behind a rich, clear, dynamic sound.
Cork is the perfect material. It sucks up unwanted vibrations and releases the life and energy of the music. It's naturally non-static and non-adhesive making the mat perfectly safe for use on all platters and it won't harm your records. Cork grips the record better than felt so there's less record slippage and fewer timing errors. The mat is thin, lightweight, and generally doesn't require a VTA adjustment. Listen for yourself, the improvement is easy to hear.