RINGMAT LP SUPPORT SYSTEM FULL VERSION WITHOUT RINGMAT
This version is for those of you already owning a 330 MkII XLR Ringmat, Anniversary Ringmat or Goldspot Anniversary Ringmat.
Matching the playback stylus angle to the cutting-head stylus angle for each LP
is a necessity when trying to get the absolute best sound out of your turntable
system. Optimizing the VTA/SRA for each record can be a painful process of
adjusting: Shimming cartridge between the headshell, shimming between the
tonearm base and armboard or sliding the tonearm up and down its shaft. Doing it
once during initial set up is chore enough; having to repeat the process for
each record can make even the most hard-core LP enthusiast convert to digital!
All records are not created equal: the thickness as well as their weight
"The Ringmat is designed to isolate the LP from the platter, to control the flow
of energy created by the mechanical vibrations generated by the stylus, and to
dump this energy into the air. The complete Ringmat LP Support System
incorporates and optimizes the Ringmat, adds anti-static control, and allows
adjustment of tonearm height by a selection of platter-placed Spacers. "
"In use, the System starts with a very thin rubber mat with a raised
thumbnail-sized felt protrusion at its outside edge. Cutouts near its center
area are designed to break up resonance paths. This base rubber mat is placed
directly on the platter: its function is to lightly damp the platter’s surface
and to anchor the plastic spacers, which feature a notch that fits onto the base
mat’s felt extrusion. The 8 plastic spacers are LP-sized, color-coded by their
individual thickness, and feature the same stencil-like cutouts as the base mat.
By adding or removing these Spacers, the thinnest of which, colored green, is
.075 mm, arm height can be altered by the finest of increments, allowing optimum
SRA adjustment for each record. The thin LP Statmat, which uses conductive inks
to dissipate static and to keep it from forming while the LP is spinning, is
placed on top of the Spacers and under the Ringmat. The LP itself is placed on
the Ringmat. Finally the label-sized Ring Cap, designed to damp any residual
resonance left in the LP, is placed on top of the LP, finishing off the
"The Ringmat Support System is an intelligent, elegantly simple solution to many
of the key difficulties involved in LP playback. Static charge is eliminated and
kept from forming during the process of disc spinning. The platter’s
construction material is rendered moot by the base mat. The Ringmat damps and
dissipates extraneous vibrations without the need for clamps, massive platters
and the generally elephantine aspects of many popular and, in my view,
ill-conceived turntables. But it is the relative ease and repeatability of
setting stylus angles that is the System’s crowning touch. This is an absolutely
critical adjustment for line-contact styli, but also needs to set optimally for
elliptical stylus tips. The higher the resolution of the entire system, the more
obvious the effects of this adjustment will be."
"The complete Ringmat System optimizes all of analogue LP’s considerable musical
and sonic strengths: natural and believable tonality, musically communicative
phrasing, rhythmic articulation and dynamic tracking, and the ability to present
a convincing stereo illusion – all interlaced with the finest detail and
resolution that smack of the organic rather than the ersatz and artificial. I
consider the Ringmat System absolutely essential for the highest LP
performance." - Paul Szabady, The Stereo Times June 2004
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the full review in The Stereo Times of the Ringmat Support System!
• 1 LP Blue Statmat and Statcap
• 1 MkII Ringcap
• "Ringmat Support System" Instructions Booklet
• In-depth booklet entitled “How to Set Up and Fine Tune A Turntable” written by
8 colored Plastic Spacers:
• 2 Yellow - 0.500 mm thick each.
• 1 Clear - 0.250 mm thick
• 1 Slate - 0.125 mm
• 2 Blue - 0.100 mm thick each.
• 1 Green - 0.075 mm
• 1 Black Rubber base mat - 0.750 mm
This version is for those of you already owning the 330 MkII XLR Ringmat or