After over 5 years of exclusively offering the award-winning Mat 1 record mat, we are pleased to announce the availability of our latest creation - the Mat 2. Also machined from pure carbon and finished by hand, the Mat 2 takes the benefits of the Mat 1 to another level. The Mat 2 increases both mass and rigidity compared with the Mat 1 while maintaining an acoustic impedance ideally suited to its purpose.
The Mat 2 is 5mm thick (compared with 3mm for the Mat 1) and will require a tonearm with adjustable VTA. Because of the increased weight compared with the Mat 1, we recommend the Mat 2 primarily to users of non-sprung turntable designs. The Mat 1 is 12oz (340g) and the Mat 2 is 1 pound 4.8oz (540g). The Mat 2's additional thickness allows us to show off our machining skills, and a perfectly formed 1/16" radius is machined into the top side of the Mat 2 for an elegant, finished appearance.
Boston Audio TuneBlocks are our award-winning line of equipment supports. Made from the same grade of carbon as our acclaimed record mats and finished with the same proprietary sealing process, TuneBlocks offer a level of performance leagues beyond their price. Completely expanded and refined in 2006 with the launch of the Series 2, TuneBlocks now offer more performance and application options than ever.
TuneBlocks utilize the uniquely low acoustic impedance of carbon graphite to efficiently drain mechanical energy from audio components, while simultaneously isolating the component from the shelf or table supporting it. You'll notice reduced transient smearing and increased resolution through the reduction of the components' noise floor. TuneBlocks also improve localization of instruments and create a wider and deeper sound stage. Use TuneBlocks with CD/DVD/SACD players, DACs, preamps, amps, turntables and even speakers ("S" model) to reveal detail and clarity you haven’t heard before. Unlike some other footer products, TuneBlocks offer gains anyone can hear without leaving a sonic signature of its own.
"...the tonal richness of the music eclipsed the previous standard set by the combination of Stillpoints on a Symposium Acoustics Svelte Shelf."
Each block is machined from a billet of high purity carbon graphite (not molded carbon fiber) and contain between one and seven cubic inches of carbon, depending on the model. Once shaped, the blocks are finished using our proprietary sealant applied with an automotive-quality spray finishing system. The stationary bearing is used as a coupler between the component and the carbon block. This concentrates the weight of the component into a small area, allowing vibrations to be more efficiently drained into the carbon block. Equipment does not wobble on the bearing like other designs.