In summary; the Pro-Ject cork-it is an inexpensive and effective turntable accessory. Rega RP6 Users of felt and / or rubber mats should give this one a try; you’ll be pleasantly surprised. Highly recommended. Audio Review
This is a Cork mat designed to fit all Pro-Ject series turntables, except Debut II and III models (the Debut Carbon and Debut S/E 3 are compatible). The use of Cork gives the mat special sonic qualities, well-suited to certain deck/cartridge combinations, and also different room-types.
The use of cork rather than felt (which is more commonly found as a turntable mat) is actually preferred by some audiophiles, as cork causes less 'slip' effect under the record than felt does; allowing for a tighter performance.
• Alternative platter mats with special sound characteristcs
• Substitutes felt mats
• Damping of resonances from metal turntable platters
• Less noise
• Avoids static load
• Suitable for all turntables
• Perfect combined with Clamp it
Sound tuning through replacement of platter mat!
Turntable mats have been always a big discussion how they influence the sound. The interaction between the record and the surface can be tracked very easily by the supersensitivity of a good pick up cartridge.
Common felt mats give a smooth contact between record and platter but has the disadvantage with static. That means that feltmats often collect a lot of dust which can be then transfered to the record. Also the damping ability is very limited which can be a problem with metal platters. Thick rubbermats overdamp the record and have an isolation effect which leaves the static on the record and hearable noise clicks are the result.
Leather and Cork are 2 different but very interesting options to upgrade the sound quality. Resonances Are damped more effectively than felt, they keep dust away and they have also enough contactivity to avoid static.
What is better depends on taste and the actual platter design.A very cost effective way to improve the sound and have less noise by static and dust.
You can hear a difference!
"At a near-giveaway price, this mat certainly begs to be tried. - TechRadar"
Low-frequency instruments seem to gain an extra couple of semitones of clearly audible range, while percussion and special effects have more impact."
Ideal Combination with Project Clamp IT & Project Record Clamp