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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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02/05/2024
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Tried The Rest, This Is The Best

I went on a mission for the best mat for my Pro-Ject TT with metal platter. This one checks all the boxes, sounds rich with no lost dynamics that I can tell, no noticeable static, doesn't leave debris on LPs, and does not lift up with LP changes. Bonus, it looks great.

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02/03/2024
Joseph O.
United States United States
I recommend this product

This mat is killer.

I was hesitant but man did this item make a difference in the sound of my records.

JV
02/01/2024
Jordan V.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Sweet new mat

Overall very happy with this new mat. Looks great on my SL-1300!

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01/07/2024
Anonymous
Australia Australia
I recommend this product

way excellent 11 turntable mat

Over the years I have tried just about every turntable mat that has been available on my Denon direct drive turntables and last few years my Linn Sondeks When I tried Herbies Way II mat my friend and I were completely amazed at the sound we were hearing from my classical test record. the natural tones of the orchestra the detail, soundstage. We were just hearing what was on the grooves of the record. other mats we have tried have a sound of their own. Herbies mat has also convinced my son and my friend to buy one. .Go for it.

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12/15/2023
Anonymous
Canada Canada
I recommend this product

Way Excellent II turntable mat

Indeed, an "excellent" product. Certainly solved the issue of the felt mat that came with my Rega RP8 turntable sticking to quite a few records when lifting them off the platter. Just seems to be a superior mat in general (I also have a leather mat - not as good as Herbie's)

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12/12/2023
Anonymous
United States United States
I recommend this product

Great product and service.

Robert went above and beyond to ensure I got the correct mat for my application. Looks great and my VTA is spot on now. Thanks!

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MC
12/03/2023
Malcolm C.
United States United States
I recommend this product

Herbies Way Excellent II TT mat review. (12/3/2023)

I must agree that it is excellent! I replaced the original cork composite mat that came with the Kubrick DCX with the Herbies mat. The improvements noted were better bass, increased dynamics, and individual notes were better defined. There was also a general sense of a quieter noise floor ("blacker background") along with a very musical presentation. My speculation is that the Herbies mat is absorbing or damping the cartridge/vinyl resonances.

AE
12/02/2023
Anastacio E.
Cambodia Cambodia
I recommend this product

wan’t expecting much

To be honest, I wasn’t expecting much when it comes to TT mats. I replaced the original rubber mat of my vintage deck with a cork then acrylic mats. Thought they did make a difference. After feeling I wasn’t happy with the sound, I popped the original rubber mat in. Then I discovered I liked it better. Then I has to order something fro Herbie’s and thought might as well get the way excellent a try since the rubber mat is falling apart. I’ve had it for over a month now and I know I’ll never go back to anything other than this mat again.

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12/01/2023
Timothy D.
Canada Canada
I recommend this product

Perfect Product

Arrived in good time from initial order and am deeply satisfied with the quality and improvement to the tightness of the bottom end frequencies: running a new Rega P3 with a Dynavector 10x5 high output into a Cayin CS55 and a pair of Nola Boxers. Couldn’t be happier.

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11/29/2023
Tommy D.
United States
I recommend this product

Static Gone!

Had a big static problem that no other mat would deal with. This one did the job! Thanks for a great product.

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11/28/2023
Anonymous
Sweden Sweden
I recommend this product

No more problems with static charges

I bought the Way Excellent II Turntable Mat to replace my original Technics SL-1500c mat which kept building up static. Problem solved! I’ve yet to do a proper A/B-test for sound quality, but I’m sure that any possible changes will be on the positive side. As a bonus, the mat also looks great on the turntable, love the minimalistic design. Recommended!

JP
11/27/2023
Josip P.
Sweden Sweden
I recommend this product

Turntable mat

Great turntable mat that is light in weight and stick to platter without coming off when removing the LP-disc. Easy to purchase Just ordered one more. Best from Sweden.