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All of our mats are handmade using our very own DC2 Cork. This cork has been specially produced for proper dampening and audio replication. Each mat is made to order and goes through a several stage process ensuring every mat meets our highest standards.
Each mat is made to order and goes through a several stage process ensuring every mat meets our highest standards. This includes special processes to prepare the cork as well as a post process to lock in the color and clarity of each image.
Prior to being precision cut to 11.9", the surface of the cork is sanded to meet a consistent 0.15" (3.8mm) thickness. This makes certain that every mat is not only the exact same, but it also provides a totally smooth surface. This suede-like surface removes any gaps and spaces in the construction of the cork where dirt and dust can hide, as well as making a truly ideal surface to apply an image. There is no other cork platter mat quite like it.
The proper preparation of the mat surface, that sued-like feel, keeps your records abrasion free. Additionally it also builds the proper foundation for a really fantastic image application. But it doesn't stop there. Each image is dyed into the surface of the cork so that the surface remains perfectly smooth. Each mat then goes through a post process that really makes the colors and clarity pop, locking in these colors for the life of the mat. These special processes allow Analog Restorations to stand above the rest, not only providing the consumer with the best quality mat but also providing some of the larger names in audio as well.
Each mat goes through a post process that really makes the colors and clarity pop, locking in these colors for the life of the mat. This is achieved through a special application of our proprietary formula that even contains special UV blocking binders. During the Hydro CS processing, the formula is atomized and then absorbed into the the surface of the cork. A molecular reaction is created with the dye, both locking in and protecting the color. Importantly, this is done without changing the surface or adding any inconsistency (a super important part for us). This water based formula leaves absolutely no residue and any excess fully evaporates (a super important part for your records). This additional process allows Analog Restorations to stand above the rest, not only providing the consumer with the best quality mat but also providing some of the larger names in the audio industry as well.
Aside form our large selection of our own designs, if you don't see what you like, we will make it for you. Send any artwork or ideas to firstname.lastname@example.org and we will mock up your very own mat for you. Did we mention that is no additional cost?
We specifically chose diameter of 11.9" and a thickness of 0.15" (3.8mm). The diameter of the mat allows the proper overhang of the record, eliminating the belief on the need for a recessed label area. It also allows the record to be picked up off the platter mat without removing, by accident, the entire platter mat with it. This was a very common annoyance when using 12" platter mats (most commonly found in other mats). The thickness of each mat is really adequate for proper dampening, without over-dampening or under-dampening. It also is the proper thickness to accommodate a tremendously large amount of turntables, even those without a VTA adjustment. The thickness falls perfectly within the threshold of proper VTA range for the fidelity capabilities of most tables. This mat also requires no additional change in tracking setup making it truly "plug-and-play". Remove your old mat, place this mat on the platter, and continue your normal playback routine.
If you aren't happy with your mat, at any point in its ownership, drop us a line. We will replace your mat for any defect or craftsmanship issue that keeps you from enjoying the mat.