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Impressions: clearaudio Outerlimit

September 2, 2005

Do you have a prized record but warped? Not willing to bake it in the oven?

Then try this...

This is my Puff Daddy (yeah, it's very valuable to me :lol:) record that is warped. Without a record clamp, this is what it looks like.

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With my Living Voice record clamp, here is how it looks. Duh! Still warped!

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With the Clearaudio Outer Limit pressing on it, this is how it looks like now.

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So what benefits to you get from this accessory?

In my experience, they are:

  • protection to your cartridge's cantilever. You wouldn't want to drive your Ferrari on the moon would you?
  • correct azimuth when playing. now that the record is flatter, your stylus will track it better and imaging potentially improves.
  •  flywheel effect. but whether or not that actually contributes to the stability of the spinning of the platter, i have no way of measuring.

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Note:

  •  this accessory will not help badly warped records, i.e., those that look like a roller coaster. I have another prized record- Irene Cara's Flashdance :lol: that is so warped, not only vertically, but even horizontally. Roller coaster and zig-zag in one! I wonder how they were able to make a record like that :?

If you're interested, contact George Mabasa.