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:
In all cases the improvements of the record weight were the same as listed above.