Way Excellent II Turntable Mat:

285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-3mm Turntable Mat w/ Garrard 401

"Outperforms virtually any other mat available."–Robert Stein, The Cable Company


Made with finely textured, open-cell silicone foam, this mat has unsurpassed vibration-absorbing characteristics and no resonant qualities to discolor the music. Records are thoroughly decoupled from unwanted platter vibration.

A black elastomer "donut" on top of the white foam base reduces vinyl/stylus feedback and eliminates lateral slippage. Unique qualities allow the vinyl to "give" slightly, microscopically, to stylus contact, allowing the record groove to be tracked smoothly and accurately. Completely non-tacky, records lift right off the mat, while the underlying foam sticks firmly to the platter (records can be lifted off while the platter is turning). Available in a variety of thicknesses and diameters to fit almost any turntable.

Since its introduction in December, 2002, Herbie's Way Excellent Turntable Mats have been tested against almost every kind of turntable mat. With suspended-platter turntables like Linn LP-12 and AR, delicate tables like Regas, and others, Herbie's Way Excellent Turntable Mats have consistently proven superior. Herbie's mats clearly outperform stock felt or rubber mats, aftermarket cork-and-paper mats, Sorbothane, Non-Felt mats, and Spotmats. Compared to high-end mats costing several times more, Herbie's Way Excellent Turntable Mat competes within a "margin of personal preference" with virtually any kind of turntable, with preference sometimes varying from one turntable to another.

Now featuring a unique carbon microfiber-filled black elastomer "donut" on the same white foam base, Way Excellent II delivers even faster dynamic response and more finely-textured detail.

If you've been using a felt, cork, lead, paper, or rubber mat, you're in for a pleasant surprise and genuine upgrade.

Way Excellent II-2mm:

Recommended upgrade for most turntables with thin felt mat. (For turntables without VTA adjustment, choose whichever mat is closest in thickness to your present mat.) Ideal for Linn, AR, Audio Note, Oracle, and other suspended-platter turntables. Great upgrade/replacement mat for Pro-Ject; Music Hall MMF–series; Rega Planar–series (except P9); Nottingham Horizon, Horizon SE, Spacedeck. Overall mat thickness: 2mm; weight: 60 grams (2.1 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-2.4mm:

Recommended for turntables with medium thickness felt mat. Popular choice for ceramic-platter Rega P7 (click for photo). Overall thickness: 2.4mm; weight: 65 grams (2.3 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-3mm:

Recommended for turntables with thick felt mat or thin rubber mat about 1/8" thick. Most popular upgrade choice for Thorens, Orbit, VPI Scout 1.1, and VPI Traveler (for Traveler II and Scout 1.1, choose 4.25" donut hole option from the Shopping Cart drop-down menu). Overall thickness: 3mm; weight: 70 grams (2.5 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-3.4mm:

Upgrade replacement for Oracle mats and for any turntable requiring a medium-thickness platter mat. Overall thickness: 3.35mm; weight: 82 grams (2.89 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-3.7mm:

For turntables with mat about 5/32" thick. Overall thickness: 3.7mm; weight: 99 grams (3.5 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-4mm:

For turntables with mat 4mm thick* and for VTA-adjustable turntables with semi-hollow cast platters prone to ringing. For belt-drive turntables, 4mm thickness provides sufficient isolation to effectively reduce or eliminate motor-induced 50Hz - 60Hz hum.

Popular choice for Empire, Technics, Garrard, Dual, Denon, Harman/Kardon, Kenwood, JVC, Lenco, Pioneer, and Well Tempered turntables. (For turntables without VTA/tonearm height adjustment, use whichever Way Excellent II is closest in thickness to your present mat.) Overall thickness: 4mm; weight: 108 grams (3.8 oz.)

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Way Excellent II-4.5mm:

With dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat about 3/16" thick*
Overall thickness: 4.5mm; weight: 113 grams (4 oz.)

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Way Excellent II-5mm:

With dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat 5mm thick*

Overall thickness: 5mm; weight: 120 grams (4.2 oz.)

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Way Excellent II-5.3mm:

With dual-layer foam base.

Overall thickness: 5.3mm; weight: 125 grams (4.4 oz.)

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Way Excellent II-5.56mm:

With dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat 7/32" thick*

Overall thickness: 5.56mm; weight: 136 grams (4.8 oz.)

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Way Excellent II-6mm:

With extra thick dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat just a little under 1/4" thick* Overall thickness: 6mm; weight: 153 grams (5.4 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-6.35mm:

With extra thick dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat 1/4" thick*

Overall thickness: 6.35mm; weight: 160 grams (5.6 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-6.9mm:

With extra thick dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat just over 1/4" thick* Overall thickness: 6.9mm; weight: 182 grams (6.4 oz.).

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Way Excellent II-7.2mm:

With extra thick dual-layer foam base, for turntables with mat about 9/32" thick* Overall thickness: 7.2mm; weight: 190 grams (6.7 oz.).

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*A note on thickness:

The open-cell silicone foam used with Way Excellent II Turntable Mats is very efficient and does not necessarily need to be as thick as stock rubber mats to effectively isolate a record from the platter and do a better job at it. Any thickness above 4mm simply adds thickness and height, with no real increase in isolation capacity. Usually, the only reason you would want a mat thicker than 4mm is if you cannot adjust VTA/tonearm height to accommodate. With platters not prone to ringing or excessive rumble, a thinner mat is usually sufficient. (scroll up to return)

Custom center hole:

All Way Excellent Turntable Mats are available with custom center hole for only $1.50 extra, any size up to two inches diameter, or 4.25" (108mm) "donut" hole. If you would like a custom center hole, simply order whichever Way Excellent Turntable Mat you want, and specify in the "comments" section of the order form the desired center hole diameter, in either inches or millimeters.

Standard Way Excellent II spindle hole is 7.25mm (.2854") and accomodates all standard LP spindles (which vary only slightly, from .278" to .285"). Standard singles "45 RPM" adapter requirement is 1-1/2".

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grungebuster Turntable Mat:

grungebuster Turntable Mat

For "matless" acrylic-platter turntables and Rega P9.

Titanium Record Stabilizer:

Titanium Record Stabilizer


Ultra precision-machined in the U.S.A. from solid, pure titanium, Herbie's Titanium Record Stabilizer is heavy enough to flatten mildly warped records and virtually eliminate all record surface vibration, yet light enough to be used with Way Excellent II and any other kind of turntable mat and suspended-platter turntables. Titanium provides superior dynamics and is more sonically neutral than brass, aluminum and stainless steel alloys, hardwoods including ebony and Mpingo, and any other record weight material that we know of. Titanium Record Stabilizer can help attain the ultimate achievement in vinyl playback. Ideal for all direct-drive and belt-drive turntables. Appropriate for Stereophile "Class A" audio systems.


  • Weight: 0.87 lb. (393 grams)
  • Maximum Diameter: 3.1" (78.74mm)
  • Maximum Height: 1.045" (26.543mm)
  • Maximum Spindle Height: 1" (25.4mm)

Titanium Record Stabilizer

Aluminum Record Stabilizer

Identical to Titanium Record Stabilizer above,

except precision machined from Type 6061 (T6)

aluminum. Weight: 240 grams


Tonearm dampers:


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Herbie's Donut:

Herbie's Donut Platter Mat

Firm elastomer "donut" is a great record/platter interface for Raven AC, Verdier Platine, and other turntables that typically do not use a platter mat. Standard .81mm-thick mat has sufficient body/weight that it stays in position on the platter and records lift right off. Herbie's Donut is also handy to use instead of awkward-to-use shims and to avoid adjusting VTA between records: just place on top of your present mat when you need a height boost for thin records, take it off for use with thick records.


  • Outside diameter: 280mm (11") Inside diameter 108mm (4.25")
  • Thickness: .81mm (.032") or optional .5mm
  • Optional spindle washer allows use of record clamp.

90-day no-risk trial. If not satisfied, simply return any Herbie's Audio Lab product within 90 days for a complete refund.

Lifetime warranty. If anything ever goes wrong, simply return any Herbie's Audio Lab turntable product and it will be repaired or replaced and returned to you at no cost.

International Shipments. Because turntable mats do not fit in a flat-rate envelope, the default shipping method on our shopping cart order form is not appropriate. For shipping option, choose either "USPS Med/Large Parcel," "Turntable Mat: Express Mail," or "Turntable Mat: Priority Mail Int'l."

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Name: Joy
Message: Hello, which mat would you recommend for a Denon DP-7F?

Webmaster's reply: A full-size (295mm-diameter) Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat.
Name: Gregory Hall
Message: A Dj slipmat came with Stanton ST-150 turntable.
This mat is more than slightly warped
Considering I have no desire to scratch, back cue, or
anything else of that nature, this mat serves me no
real purpose.
I need a mat that has good vibration cancelling effects.
and also be gentle with my records.
Which mat do you recommend for this turntable?

Webmaster's reply: A 285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat is recommended for the Stanton ST-150
Name: gary
Message: which mat would work with technics SL-DL1? thanks

Webmaster's reply: Whichever Way Excellent II version is closest in diameter and thickness to the stock mat would be most appropriate.
Name: Alex
Message: Hello, I was wondering which way excellent mat you would recommend for a Sony PS 2250 direct drive tt. Thanks in advance.

Webmaster's reply: We do not make a Way Excellent II mat with a large enough center hole for the PS-2250. Some of our PS-2250 and PS-250 customers use a Herbie's Donut on top of the stock mat with excellent results.
Name: Jim
Message: HI, Can you please tell me which mat you recommend for the Music Hall MMF &? Thanks...

Webmaster's reply: Full-size Way Excellent II-2mm Turntable Mat.
Name: Craig Artadi
Message: Hello,
I am considering one of your mats for my Sony PS-X55 turntable in excellent condition. I was thinking the Way Excellent II-4mm: at 290mm. Can you confirm?
Also I assume the rubber mat just gets replace with the Way Excellent mat.

Best regards,

Webmaster's reply: Sure, that'll work fine to replace the stock rubber mat.
Name: Alvaro
Message: Which mat would you recommend for a Rega RP3 looking to upgrade from the felt mat

Webmaster's reply: Full-size (295mm-diameter) Way Excellent II-2mm Turntable Mat, standard center hole.
Name: Jimmy
Message: Greetings. Which mat works best for my audio technica lp120?

Webmaster's reply: A 285mm-diameter Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat is perfect for the LP-120.
Name: Bryant Hill
Message: Hi,

I am using a Way Excelllent II 3mm mat (thanks for the recommendation.....it is WAY EXCELLENT). I want to add a VPI HR-X record weight to my setup (765 grams/27 ounces). Is this too much weight for this mat?



Webmaster's reply: Not at all; you can use the weight with the Way Excellent II-3mm Mat.
Name: Niels
Message: I'm using my Way Exellent II on a modded SL 1210 and the improvement is just huge (compared to rubber mat/Origin Live sandwich). I must say I was a little bit sceptical concerning the many reports about "lowered noise level", but it's there! Also used on my Technics this Herbie mat adds a more relaxed and organic midrange presentation and a firmer bass. All in all I would say the improvements added by the Way Exellent II is akin to what would be expected by adding, say a better PSU to a phonostage. 100% satisfied.
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