Vibration-free positioning of turntables.

Vibration Insulation of a DJ Turntable

Vinyl has made a huge comeback in recent years. Many record companies not only offer albums through various streaming services, but also release them on vinyl. As a result, also many turntables (record players) are sold, from high-end to budget turntables. But when it comes to acoustics, budget turntables can often be improved. How to do that? Read about it in the article below!

Which requirements does a good turntable need to meet?

High-end turntable are made from 'exotic' and heavy materials and easily weigh at least ten kilos. The materials that are being used ensure that resonance has no chance of causing additional noise during the reproduction of music. This noice may be experienced as banging and rustling, causing the music to sound a bit 'messy', so to speak. After all, the cartridge and the needle are sensitive instruments that move at the slightest vibration, which obviously is not supposed to happen.

How can I make my turntable perform better?

Below we will describe several tips to (audibly) improve a turntable of a budget brand. The expected result is that the reproduction of music will sound cleaner and less messy.

  • Tip 1: improve the furniture (if you do not already have Hi-Fi furniture). An explanation of this can be found on the tips page "Acoustic Improvement for Your Hi-Fi Furniture".

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    Tip 2: Setting up the turntable vibration-free. Resonance that travels through your furniture to the turntable, for example coming from other audio components like speakers or walking sound can negatively affect the tonearm of your DJ set. By applying Audio Dampers, resonance is optimally being neutralised. The relatively soft dampers cause a seperation between the furniture and the turntable.

    If you don't like the green colour of the Audio Dampers, you can cover them with Acustitape. This wafer-thin tape of a few microns thick does not affect the vibration insulation and gives the dampers a, perhaps more attractive, black colour.

  • Tip 3: the last tip can only be applied if you know how to adjust the speed of the turntable (this may be necessary for certain turntables). If the platform of the turntable is not solid enough, for example too light/made of thin aluminium, it can resonate and negatively affect the reproduction of music. This problem is not easily discovered by an inexperienced individuals, because it may simply not come to their mind. To solve this issue, the platter (on which the slipmat is located) must be "anti-drummed".

    Remove the slipmat and the platter and thoroughly degrease the bottom. Cover the platter with STP Black Silver (the tape has to be at room temperature, a bit warmer is also allowed). This product is lightweight and well suitable for the 'anti-drumming' of components such as the turntable platter and audio component housings.

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