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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, SL-1500-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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06/11/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Wound up being worth it

Didn’t expect much, bought due to recommendations of others, plus I simply needed a higher mat for compatibility with carts. To my surprise it made an audible difference in clarity.

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05/21/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Most excellent for a big idler!

This was the final touch on a big Russco idler turntable which had a bit of hum caused by the motor vibration, and some idler wheel rumble. A 6mm thick mat made this a very quiet turntable and the music coming out of the grooves sounds fantastic. Thank You.

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05/16/2024
Dave O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Way Excellent II

What an upgrade from my felt mat on my Music Hall MMF 3.3. the static that I was experiencing has basically gone away. I am sure it has effected the listening quality in a positive way. Excellent indeed.

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05/14/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Way Excellent II turntable mat is way excellent

Herbie's "Way Excellent II" turntable mat is by far the best mat I have tried. It took just a little adjustment to sit perfectly on the turntable (on my first try, I could see the hole pull slightly away from the spindle). Now it sits so nicely that I literally can't see that it's spinning. There is zero slip or scratch potential, and the sound is noticeably better than a felt or rubber mat. Not cheap (though certainly not the most expensive product out there) but excellent value. Highly recommended.

JH
05/12/2024
Jeff H.
United States United States
I recommend this product

The veil is lifted!

Went down a wild rabbit hole trying to figure out the best mat for my 1200. For years I had been using a combination of two mats that were triple the cost of one Herbie. Well I ditched the old mats and went for one thick Herbie. All I can say is it is like a veil was lifted off the sonic playback, voices much clearer, treble balanced, bass full but tight. I’m super impressed. Only wish I had gone with a Herbie years ago. Highly recommended!

HN
05/01/2024
Henrik N.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Removes effects of static electricity

Does not stick to records at all. Easy to use.

GB
04/25/2024
Geoff B.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Surprising results

I honestly wasn't expecting it to have the effect it had. The music pops more, the static doesn't pop at all (or seem to exist). Vinyl, the platter and the mat snuggle together beautifully. So happy with it.

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04/24/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Performance AND Value

I've tried several platter mats on my Technics SL-1210GAE, including mats from Origin Live and Les Davis Audio, and the Way Excellent II outperforms them all. The sound is clear without a trace of harshness--plus there's no static cling! At this price it's a no-brainer.

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04/22/2024
Antonio
Italy Italy
I recommend this product

Eccellente

È incredibile come, sostituendo un semplice tappetino, il risultato sia strabiliante, come aver migliorato a monte il fonorivelatore o aver incrementato la potenza e la dinamica con un nuovo amplificatore. Il dettaglio del soundstage è più palpabile. Complimenti a Robert per il suo prodotto, Antonio da Catania.

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BH
04/21/2024
Brad H.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Excellent Mat

Bought the Way Excellent II - 2mm mat to replace the static hungry felt mat on my Rega P6. The mat is very well made and fits and bonds perfectly to the glass platter. My LPs no longer pull the mat off which did so on nearly every record I’d spin with the felt. What I like most though is reduced hum when the tonearm nears the spindle. Rega’s are known for this because the tt motor is attached to the plinth and the Exact II MM cart I’m currently using is unshielded. The hum now is barely audible at the 11:00 volume position that I mostly listen at. Also, I do notice a tighter low end and an added openness that others are experiencing. Again, a high quality mat that checks all the boxes and yet provided an extra benefit of hum reduction that was unexpected! Extremely happy with my purchase and give it two up.

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04/17/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Herbies audio mat recommended

I bought this primarily cause I can't adjust vta on my tt. Highly recommended quality mat. Exceeded expectations on my Pioneer PL 518.

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04/14/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Way Excellent!

Bought this to upgrade the factory rubber mat on my Denon DL-62L. I'd tried a fancy cork mat previously and the static was brutal. It'd pull off while removing the album. Trash! Herbie's rocks. No static as yet and I do believe an increase in SC. That'll take a bit to ponder but a definite improvement.

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