A low cost upgrade for your turntable, Paul Rigby wonders if adding it to the headshells of his turntables will improve sound quality
This little piece of flexible composite material sits in between your headshell and your cartridge.
The idea is that it reduces noise, vibration and acts as a sort of suspension system for your cartridge.
I tested it on two turntables at the extremity of the price point.
The theory being, if it worked well in both of those then everything in between should fall in to place.
See what you think.
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geoffrey8th December 2019 at 8:10 am
I would have been nice to see you install it and test it on the vid.
Paul Rigby8th December 2019 at 12:22 pm
Hi Geoff – yes it would, that’s true. To be honest, right now, I don’t have the time to make videos like that but I hope to in the future. And I’ll be getting to that subject in the next month or two 🙂
Geoff8th December 2019 at 8:20 pm
Yes it’s a lot of work for sure. Maybe some poctures in between like the Audiophilliac does?
Just a suggestion.
Paul Rigby9th December 2019 at 2:32 pm
I’d rather do the video clips as well as the photos, Geoff. There are certain products, like this as you say, which would certainly benefit. Seeing me actually install it would be easier than several stills, I reckon. My problem is time. A third of my month is still committed to non-Audiophile Man stuff. This is the thing I need to change.
Free up more time? Then I can develop more complex vids, more reviews and the rest. As I say, I’m looking to do something about that in the next month or two. More news soon.
Geoff9th December 2019 at 5:20 pm
Warren Marshall25th April 2020 at 11:20 pm
I have to say that the lack of actual sound comparison made this a quite unsatisfying revue. The benefit of a video revue is that you can see and hear a degraded version of what the reviewer is seeing and hearing. I know this is a relatively trivial-priced item, but either it is worth reviewing or it isn’t! If it is, and you seem to believe it is worth my half-hour, and the much longer time it takes you to produce the review, then do it properly, so we can actually recognize differences (albeit degraded by the digital audio capture/playback media) with and without the Enabler installed. Take a page out of the many excellent hands-on camera and lens reviews out there. If you don’t have time as you say, get your son or daughter to do the review setup and filming – you might be really surprised at the results.
Paul Rigby26th April 2020 at 11:21 am
A sound comparison over YouTube is a complete and utter waste of time, Warren. Any sound you’d hearing and any changes in sound from A to B, from the video would have absolutely nothing to do with the original device. Zero. If you wanted to hear the sound tests yourself, you’d have to be in the same room as me.
In fact, as soon as the sound entered my recording device, its use and relevance would be reduced to nothing at all.
Any sound you do hear on YouTube has been processed about 30 times so the original is completely unrecognisable, at least in pure in audiophile terms. OK, I exaggerate…20 times then. You would only be hearing the sound personality from your YouTube device, not my hifi.
David Bloggs28th April 2020 at 1:31 pm
Totally agree with you Paul; Warren is obviously an idiot, or is just trolling.
David Bloggs28th April 2020 at 1:29 pm
How on Earth are you going to hear (subtle) differences over the internet with your PC speakers?? Dumb comment IMO. It shows you have a complete lack of understanding, and your ignorant comments about doing it correctly elicit responses like this, and from Paul too. This whole thing is total FOO anyway. Why not use this substance between arm and armboard, and armboard chassis etc etc. The added weight of the device will alter the whole dynamic of the TT/Arm/Cart anyway. The test with the ‘cheap’ TT is also a waste of time, as the addition of the device altered the verticle tracking angle, so also a waste of time.