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Herbie's Audio Lab • 9330 Corporate Dr. Suite 305 • Selma, TX 78154 • U.S.A.
Steve and Robert Herbelin • established August, 2001
Message: Hi, Herbie ...
I'm awaiting the tube dampeners I ordered for my ARC REF-3.
While cruising though your site, I ran across the Black Hole CD mat. Just a quick question ... will it work in my ARC CD-7 top loading CD player? Have you had any feedback on this combo ... positive or negative?
Webmaster's reply: The Super Black Hole CD Mat works very well with most top loading CD players, including the ARC CD-7. No feedback with the ARC CD-7 specifically, but virtually all feedback with the Super Black Hole is positive, regardless of the player used.
Which Way Excellent mat would be the best for for Rega RP8 and the new Rega Planar 3?
Webmaster's reply: For both the Rega RP8 and Planar 3, a full-size (295mm-diameter) Way Excellent II-2mm Turntable Mat.
Message: I bought 10 of of the giant sliders for my SoundLab A1 Speakers. HINT: You'll need 5 per speaker and the size is 1/4"-20 1" thread length.
What a awesome and easy upgrade! Just unscrew the old, screw in the new! Now moving these Nimitz Class speakers is a snap!
Great stuff!! Thank you!!
Which Way Excellent mat is suitable for the Onkyo CP-1050 turntable?
Thanks in advance!
Webmaster's reply: A full-size (295mm-diameter) Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat.
Message: I wanted to let you know that I received my 4 mm turntable mat today. Super fast shipping and customer service 2nd to nobody. I couldn't have asked for a better person to deal with and the mat, well its everything you said and more. This mat is truly does what you say and I believe its money very well spent.
Message: I must admit that I was skeptical. I figured that I'd hear marginal improvement from adding Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders to my Spendor A6s (with entry-level Naim electronics). (And, at least those pennies the spikes were sitting on would no longer scratch my hardwood floor!). The Spendors are small floor standing loudspeakers, with a sophisticated linear flow reflex, which has a large port at the bottom of the speaker. Spendor says this configuration makes placement less critical. However, I have always found them wonderful in the mid and upper range, but a bit lacking in bass. I was amazed to hear the bass improvement from Herbie's Decoupling Gliders: the sound is bigger, more resonant, tighter, and more involving. Bravo! Thanks Steve!
Name: Robert D.
Message: I'd like to take this opportunity to tell you how much more I'm enjoying my stereo after implementing your various products. I've never been dissatisfied with anything I've tried; all your products have added to the enjoyment of my music. You shoot straight from the hip, and my hat is off to you. Continued success.
Message: In what countries are the following components of your Superior Decoupling Spikes manufactured: (1) decoupling layer of dB Neutralizer; (2) stainless steel cone, and (3) stainless steel disc?
Webmaster's reply: United States of America for all three.
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.
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