Sure Shot Cork Platter Mat.

In my first review in a set of turntable accessories from Sure Shot, I get to grips with some great gear from a brand I only recently discovered…

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Disclaimer:
Sure Shot have not paid or sponsored me for this review.
This is an unbiased review and the views and opinions in this piece are my own.
I’d like to thank Marcin at Sure Shot for kindly sending this package out to The Audiophile Cafe.

The Sure Shot cork platter mat currently retails at £7.90
You can find this and other products on their website here:-
https://www.sureshotshop.com/

Review equipment:
Technics SL1200 MKII.
Ortofon Quintet Red.
Sure Shot vinyl clamp / stabilizer.
Sure Shot cork platter mat.
KECES Audio ePhono.
KECES Audio ePower.
Cyrus One.
Klipsch RP-500M.
Audiowalle TP1000 mains conditioners.
Qucheng mains cables.

Music:
Depeche Mode “Violator.” 180gram re release.
Pink Floyd “A Momentary Lapse Of Reason.” 180gram re release.
Jean Michel Jarre “Oxygene” 180gram re release.
Alice In Chains “Dirt” 180gram re release.
Gustav Mahlers “Symphony Number 5.”

In the box:
1x Platter mat.
1x Heavy record weight.
1x 45 adaptor/weight.
1x Small record weight.
2x display cases.

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Spec:
Material: Fine grain cork.
Dimensions: 297mm radius and 3mm thickness. 
Easy to maintain and keep dust off the surface. 

Additional possibilities: Custom engraving.


Build and finish:
Sure Shot are a brand I recently discovered so their products are an unknown to me.
I’d first like to thank Marcin for sending out a replacement platter mat. One of our fur balls decided they wanted cork for dinner! Marcin didn’t have to but did anyway.
The mat is quite dense without being too thick.
For the first hour or so of use there was a fair amount of static and the mat kept “sticking” to my test record. However this dissipated soon after and hasn’t been an issue since.

Setup:
Really straight forward here. Place the platter mat atop the turntables platter and you’re done.

Sound:
For I can’t remember how long I have been using an IsoKinetik acrylic platter mat.
I wouldn’t say the cork mat from Sure Shot is better, more on par with the acrylic mat with some differences.
The sound signature is different. Using the Sure Shot mat I find there is an increase in bass extension and the highs are tamed just a little. Whereas the IsoKinetik acrylic mat lends itself to a brighter presentation. The Sure Shot platter mat in concert with the record stabilizer they sent me makes a considerable difference, however I’ll get into that in more detail in a future review that’s coming.

Final thoughts:
The Sure Shot cork platter mat certainly makes an improvement on sound quality in my books.
Whether that be a significant or mild improvement is subjective as we all hear differently, and my turntable setup is going to be very different to yours.
Also bear in mind that when used in concert with a record weight, I find the difference and improvement in sound to be more noticeable.

Thank you for reading. And as always, please be sure to leave a like, subscribe, follow and share.

All my very best, Paul.

Sponsors:
Thank you to Meze Audio for sponsoring The Audiophile Cafe.

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