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Vinyl sources benefit greatly from care taken in isolation. Stillpoints Ultras underneath the deck are an obvious starting point, but we can also deal with vibration at the disc itself. The LP Isolator (LPI) slips over the spindle of your turntable and rests on the label portion of your LP. It absorbs the micro-vibration that is present at the label area and makes the LP reproduction clearer, cleaner, more delicate, more open and more life-like.
The Stillpoints LP Isolator is a simple yet incredibly effective turntable accessory that gives a truly amazing lift to vinyl replay.
Mains Cables R Us have tested the LPI extensively on both a modified Technics SL1210 and a Garrard 401; the results were extremely positive with both turntables.
Roy Gregory reviews the Ultra LPI
Comments from satisfied customers:-
"I have tried various record clamps on my Nottingham Analog Space Deck with heavy upgrade, including an Avid Level clamp (180 gm), a TTlight Crowned Record Weight/Level (346 gm) and an Oyaide STB-MS stabiliser (440 gm). The first two are great for levelling the turntable. The Oyaide improved the sound dramatically, particularly in combination with an Oyaide MJ12 aluminium mat. I’ve now sold the Oyaide because I tried the Stillpoints LP1. I’ve only used the Stillpoints with the MJ12 mat. Under those conditions vinyl is so much more musical than with the other clamps, that I would not want to be without it. According to the Stillpoints website, the LP1 combines the properties of a record weight with a five movable platters containing ceramic bearings that contact the record and disperse vibrations. It certainly works well for me and I can highly recommend it."
"The Stillpoints LPI (LP Isolator) is a relatively heavy record weight with moving parts! Underneath are five pads that rest on the record label, each isolated from the main weight by hidden points consisting of small ceramic balls. The idea is that tiny vibrations in the record are minimised by sinking them to 'earth', represented by the weight itself. It LPI weighs 670g compared with the 380g of my standard Bruil weight.
In use, the LPI has a subtle but repeatable effect: it brings up tiny detail into the soundstage, detail which I hadn't noticed before. Switching between the Bruil and LPI, I could hear the latter subtly bringing up micro-detail and presenting them without any other tonal changes. Over a period of listening I became aware of the soundstage going a little wider and deeper, too. Returning to the Bruil is enlightening and that extra sense of magic is lost.
A great upgrade for the record completist who already has a well sorted deck."
No customer questions for the moment.
Had this on home trial from MCRU for a couple of weeks on an Avid Acutus SP. Initially, could not hear much difference between it and the Avid screwdown clamp.
However, after longer listening, the instrumental detail was clearer and I heard Eric Clapton playing as he had never done before! Added to this was the convenience of not having to screw and unscrew the Avid clamp.
So, I bought the LPI and I would strongly suggest trying this clamp on your turntable.