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Herbie's Audio Lab is a world leader in micro-vibration and microphonics control for home audio and video electronics. Today's electronic components have potential to deliver amazingly accurate and life-like audio reproduction. Unfortunately, micro-vibrations interfere with this potential, introducing distortion, grunge, glare, fuzziness, loss of focus, and untrue frequency response. By controlling micro-vibrations and microphonics, Herbie's Audio Lab products help your audio and video gear achieve their true potential, rendering a more natural and dynamic musical result. Click a link or picture from the menu bar above to begin exploring our highly acclaimed line of products.
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-Comments-Name: Larry E
Message: I just received my Way Excellent II Turntable mat, wow! This is a great product. The difference was immediately noticeable. Thanks for producing this fine product. It will be interesting to see just how good it is after I spent some time with the SRA etc. Thanks again.
Name: Adrian Abramovici
Message: Hi.... love your Giant Gliders Antispikes. Take a look here: https://systems.audiogon.com/systems/5262
Regards from Romania
Name: Gary Reaves
Message: If you own a VPI HW-19, you must try this.
Years ago I was contemplating buying a SAMA, stand alone motor assembly, when a VPI tech suggested a do it yourself version. He suggested I remove the springs, or sorbothane supports on leter models, and support the plinth with something else. That would totally seperate the plinth, platter and tonearm from the motor, still attached to the base. I pulled 4 cans of dog food from my pantry and plopped 1 tall Tenderfoot on top of each one. I placed the plinth on my new, gel filled towers and -presto-instant SAMA. The Tenderfeet actually make a better sounding suspenstion, and absolutely no motor vibration gets through to the plinth, platter or tonearm.
Name: Tom Rothermel
Message: I purchased a Bright Star Audio rack in the late 90s. You had the option of sandboxes or sandbox on air bladder for each individual shelf.
Two of my shelves are the sandbox on bladder. Up to now I've put the component directly on the shelf (stock hard rubber feet in each case). I've now got my system optimized using concepts from Jim Smith's Get Better Sound (highly recommended) so I feel that a change in the stock component feet my be worth a try.
Would I get best results with hard feet (carbon fiber, brass, wood, etc) or should I go with something soft like Herbie's Tender Feet? I was thinking that two types of isolation like an air bladder and soft feet might work against each other. I don't understand the science behind all this so anyone chiming in with more knowledge or direct experience would be greatly appreciated.
Or would it be best to forget the bladder and go with some kind of component feet on the sandbox?
Webmaster's reply: It's always most essential to isolate each component individually. Tenderfoot isolation feet under each component should be ideal, in place of the stock feet. Under each sandbox, use regular grungebuster Dots as a decoupling interface and ditch the air bladders.
Name: Warren M in Sydney Australia
Message: There is a lot of snake oil passing for hi-fi out there. You need to convince yourself that the latest expensive tweak has actually made anything sound better (or even different). I expected no more from Herbies. Instead, I have a gradually built up a raft of inexpensive Herbies enhancements to my system, which each made instantly audible improvements to my music. I Started with the Herbies Way Excellent II Turntable Mat, which is now an essential part of my record playing system. I tried various cheap (and nasty) Chinese tube dampers, which did more harm than good to the music. Steve finally convinced me to try the Herbies dampers and WOW! Staggering improvement. I now have a Herbies damper on every tube in my phono preamp and in my power amp. Sadly I can't fit them over the tubes inside my preamp. Recently I discovered Grunge Buster sheets. These marvels allow you to cut your own Grunge Busters to enhance your existing feet on all your components. Thanks Steve
Message: I'm very impressed with the Baby Booties installed underneath my Project Tube Box DS phonostage. Greatest benifit is (somewhat surprising) the midrange which seems more relaxed and cohesive but the deep end is better too with a firmer and easier to follow bass lines. Clearly the most convincing isolation feet I've ever tried.
Message: What do you recommend as damping ring for my tonearm?
1 at base and 1 1/3 up from cartridge? What kind is. Est. metal one or the plastic one. ? (Damping ring).
Webmaster's reply: Best placement of a damping instrument on the tonearm is best determined by trial and audition (you must re-adjust stylus pressure with each change of position on the tonearm). By default, about 1/3 of the length of the tonearm away from the headshell is a good place to start and most often an excellent location. Titanium and PTFE dampers are equivalently excellent. Titanium has the advantage of lighter weight, whereas PTFE has the advantage of flexibility to allow lateral placement without needing to removing the headshell.
Message: what do you recommend for my technics sl1200? :
tonearm damper ring?
Herbie's Audio Lab recommends a 285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat.
Name: Mike B.
Message: Steve: Yesterday, I installed the UltraSonic SS-7s to 'dampen' two CV4058 Mullard tubes in my C-J PV15. I honestly did not know what to expect, being inherently skeptical about 'tweaks' and the hype that precedes them. C-J had provided me with tube rings, silicone I believe, when I did their C1 upgrade to the PV15. I employed two of them per tube. But right from the initial note, I could hear change that was quite astonishing, and that on tubes near the end of their life. The improvements are in sound stage, detail, clarity and overall presence, most surprisingly to me was the bass deepened, like by a lot.
I use Ohm Walsh 3 speakers with their latest S3.300 drivers; what came our of them never sounded better. The music I heard sounded really life-like from a system that I have come to expect to sound life-like. Everything just became a bit more engaging and fun to listen to. Really, I can't believe I got all of that for less than $40!
So thank you, Steve. Now I need to dig around the rest of your product catalog.
Name: Steve Stone
Message: Hi Steve -
Is there a way to lightly clean the Way Excellent II mat? I noticed some stray dust and fibers had made their way onto the mat. So far, it doesn't seem to impact performance so I'm inclined to leave it alone unless there is a method that you recommend. Thanks.
Webmaster's reply: The easiest way is to just dab the mat gently with a wide piece of masking tape. Here's a copy/paste from the information sheet that came with the mat: "To clean the mat, just dab the surface gently from time to time with a piece of masking tape to pick up any lint or dust. The mat can also be wiped gently with a paper towel or cloth lightly moistened with water, denatured or isopropyl alcohol, anti-static spray, or window cleaner."
Name: Robert Barnes nz
Message: Have a thorens 160TD and looking at your mats what do you recommend ? Also does this improve the sound even if you don't have a macking set up? ie top of the line needle and amp?? Cheers
Webmaster's reply: Hi, Robert. For Thorens TD 160, I recommend a full-size Way Excellent II-3mm Turntable Mat with 40mm center hole. If you never use the pop-up 45 adapter, a standard center hole works just as well (center hole option is chosen from the Shopping Cart drop-down menu). Upgrading a Thorens TD 160 to a Way Excellent II turntable mat is always a sonic improvement, bringing out more of the inherent potential of the turntable, regardless of your set-up, cartridge, needle, amp, or other system variables.
Name: Martin D.
Message: Thank you mucho for the assistance I received over the phone and your fast response to filling my order. Kudos to Herbie's Audio Lab for such excellent customer service!
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