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Way Excellent II Turntable Mat
Way Excellent II Turntable Mat - Herbie's Audio Lab
Way Excellent II Turntable Mat - Herbie's Audio Lab
Way Excellent II Turntable Mat - Herbie's Audio Lab
Way Excellent II Turntable Mat - Herbie's Audio Lab
Way Excellent II Turntable Mat - Herbie's Audio Lab

Way Excellent II Turntable Mat

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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 micro-vibration. Available in a variety of thicknesses and diameters to fit almost any turntable.

A black elastomer "donut" on top of the white foam base reduces vinyl/stylus feedback and eliminates lateral slippage. Also provides for recessed label area and outer edge lead-in. Completely non-tacky, records lift right off the mat, while the underlying foam holds firmly to the platter (records can be lifted off while the platter is turning).

Since its introduction in December, 2002, Herbie's Way Excellent Turntable Mats have been tested against almost every kind of turntable mat with many different kinds of turntables, both in-house and by our customers. Herbie's Way Excellent Turntable Mats have consistently proven superior to stock felt mats and clearly outperform stock rubber mats. With virtually any kind of turntable, a Way Excellent II Turntable Mat is a safe bet to do better than any cork, Sorbothane, shelf-material, or hard carbon/graphite mat. Compared to high-end mats costing several times more, Herbie's Way Excellent II Turntable Mat consistently competes within a margin of personal preference or better with most turntables.

Way Excellent II delivers extremely fast dynamic response and finely-textured, natural detail with subtle ambience, not a false "staccato-like" sense of detail like cork and some other materials tend to provide. With a truer rotation of the vinyl, you get a more faithful rendering of the music and atmosphere of the originally recorded event.

If unsure which mat to choose, you'll virtually always do well with a Way Excellent II Turntable Mat that's closest in thickness and diameter to your turntable's stock platter mat.

*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 need 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.

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".


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.).

Size options:

  • 295mm (11.6") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables with stock felt mat.
  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Fits Pro-Ject Debut Carbon.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter. For Pro-Ject turntables with 280mm platter and other turntables requiring an undersize 11" mat (for Pro-Ject models having a 300mm platter, a full-size 295mm-diameter mat is appropriate).

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.).

Size options:

  • 295mm (11.6") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 292mm (11.5") diameter.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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 Scout 1.1 and Traveler II* platter with raised center hub, choose 4.25" donut hole option from the Shopping Cart drop-down menu). Overall thickness: 3mm; weight: 70 grams (2.5 oz.).

*Note on VPI Traveler II: when VPI Traveler version 2 first came out the platter had a raised center hub, while more recent version 2 Travelers have a flat platter. The 4.25" donut hole option is only needed if your Traveler II has the raised center hub, otherwise the standard center hole is fine.

Size options:

  • 295mm (11.6") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Perfect for Gyrodec MkIII and other tables needing an 11.5" mat.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter. Garrard Zero100.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.).

Size options:

  • 295mm (11.6") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 290mm (11.42") diameter. For Oracle Delphi tables having a recessed platter a little under 11.5" from inner lip to lip, and other turntables using an 11-7/16" diameter mat.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

Way Excellent II-3.7mm:

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

Size options:

  • 295mm (11.6") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.)

Size options:

  • 295mm (11.6") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. For tables using an 11.5" mat like Technics SP10, SL-1300, and bevelled-platter Garrard turntables.Great for Luxman PD–series turntables.
  • 290mm (11.42") diameter. Fits Technics SP-15 and SP-25.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter. For platters with a raised outer ridge like AT LP-120, AT-LP140XP, **Technics SL-1200 series and other turntables using a thick 11.25" or 285mm mat.
    **Some Technics SL-1200 series turntables may require a 290mm-diameter mat. Measure the diameter of the platter within the raised outer ridge to determine correct mat diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter. Pioneer PL-100, PL-200, PL-300, PL-400.

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.)

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter. Ideal for most Pioneer PL-series turntables that do not have VTA adjustment (PL-12D, PL-15D, PL-512, PL-514, PL-516, PL-518, and others).
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

Way Excellent II-5mm:

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

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

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter. Audio Technica AT-LP5.

Way Excellent II-5.3mm:

With dual-layer foam base.

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

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.)

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.).

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.).

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.).

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

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.).

Size options:

  • 292mm (11.5") diameter. Full-size mat for most turntables.
  • 285mm (11.22") diameter.
  • 280mm (11") diameter.

 

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HV
06/22/2022
Heriberto V.
United States
I recommend this product

Amazing Mat !!!!!

The Way Turntable Mat is amazing !!! I'm using it on my Nottingham Hyperspace turntable with excellent results, it just hugs on to the platter....the music just came alive, and dynamics are incredible and bass definition is amazing, no slipping or sliding of the Mat....A must have product.....I had to wait a bit because they were out of stock on the 2mm size....this is all you would need...highly recommend !!!!!♥️����

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06/19/2022
Anonymous
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

Way Excellent II Turntable Mat

Bought for a Technics SL1210gr to replace the stock rubber mat. Only improvements sound wise. Quieter background, deeper more defined bass, clearer mid range and treble. More air around the instruments/vocals. A great improvement for the money.

A
05/31/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Turntable Mat

Great product and service

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05/27/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Very good mat

I am using this mat on a Linn Axis. It works very well, much better than the original felt mat and without the problems with static buildup. The one I have is 4mm thick.

SG
05/27/2022
Steven G.
United States United States
I recommend this product

VPI Mat

Love the mat, sound is more tame to my ears. Fits VPI Scout perfectly with doughnut cutout.

ER
04/15/2022
Emanuele R.
Italy Italy
I recommend this product

Recommended

Working very nice on my lenco PTP fully modded tt. It's also quite cool to look at.

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04/07/2022
Anonymous
Argentina Argentina
I recommend this product

The best mat

Tried dozens of mats in 45 years .... Way Excellent II remains as the best performance in audio I've heard.

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03/24/2022
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

The Pro-Ject Debut III is NOW faster with clarity...

Dealing with motor noise on that platter assembly can go as far you'd like. But, removing the lid and replacing the felt mat with Way II lowered the noise floor and ****** transients back into better focus without any modification.

GP
03/21/2022
George P.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great upgrade

I've been trying to fight some sibilance on my Technics 1200 and my Way Excellent may did the trick. It added some depth to the sound and smoothed out the bass. An easy and effective upgrade for any turntable.

JE
03/18/2022
Jerry E.
United States United States
I recommend this product

No more static…

I purchased the Way Excellent II Turntable Mat for one reason… the mat that came with my used Technics SL1200-MK2 was a DJ mat, and it constantly added static to my LP’s. I read many reviews and Herbie’s.. mat was highly recommended. For me, it’s doing exactly what I wanted… NO STATIC. Thanks… Jerry

J
03/11/2022
Jimbob
United Kingdom United Kingdom
I recommend this product

Way Excellent indeed

I tried the Way Excellent II out of curiosity. My current mat for the last decade or more has been a cork composite layered with a carbon fibre fabric and I have always been very happy with it. However two things have always been at the back of mind, firstly it had no label recess and secondly it is a very smooth mat against my brass platter and I have suspected that it is susceptible to micro slipping. The Herbie’s mat arrived earlier today so I promptly fired up the hifi and did some listening. I was dubious that the Way Excellent would improve anything but clearly there is more space and better definition of individual elements whilst at the same time the music is more coherent and those individual elements work together more harmoniously. Very impressed and a highly recommended product, fantastic value too. Oh, and it looks the business!

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03/09/2022
Eric T.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Perfect fit for Pioneer PL-518

My original mat was warped and since my turntable didn’t have vertical adjustment it was great to have a replacement that had the exact height and diameter as the original!