LEVIN DESIGN SOLINGEN TURNTABLE MAT
As expected, I placed the Levin Design Solingen Turntable Mat (hereinafter referred to as the Mat) on the platter of the Kronos Pro Limited Turntable(to start off the review…I will try the Mat on other turntables in my possession; Sperling L-1, Clearaudio Statement, Technic SP-10R, Lenco L75 and Thomas Schick Garrard 301). I adjusted the Vertical Tracking Angle (VTA) at the Black Beauty 12″ Tonearm to accommodate the difference in height / thickness of the platter (surface).
It was obvious when I spun Anne Bisson Trio “Four Seasons In Jazz” Live At Bernie’s (Brilliance Music & Studios BMS-DD 101-45), that that stability brought about clear or ‘rock solid’ positioning of artist and musicians within the soundstage of the recording. In addition, there was certain vividness to the expression and vocalization of Ms.Bisson.
When it came to Musik Wie Von Einem Anderson Stern (Manger LP), at the track “Walking On The Moon” by The Yuri Honing Trio, I found the lead saxophone was treated with audible airiness within and throughout the conical bore. There was more authority in the lower registrythus differentiated the different notes played by the saxophonist.
In the same album but at a different track, “Jazz Variants” by The O-zone Percussion Group, it was more obvious to me the depth at each tone, and with that a slight highlight to its ‘dimensionality’. In turn, that ‘dimensionality’, to a certain extent, highlighted the micro detail and the separation between the macro and micro detailing.