Solidair Audio Padauk Bass Driver
The Solidair Audio Padauk Bass Driver is a record clamp or puck that simply goes on top of the centre of your vinyl to hold it firmly to the platter. It is very easy to use and less fiddly than screw up clamps. It relies on its weight to firmly hold the vinyl against the platter. The improved contact between the two and the structure of the Bass Driver has several effects. You will notice an increase in volume as the needle is working more efficiently in the groove. The bass becomes clearer and better defined, more punchy and vital. The whole soundscape seems richer and more satisfying and the background is quieter.
The Padauk Bass driver is quite heavy for it’s size, weighing around 500g, so it effectively adds weight to the platter. The reaction of the record to the stylus is reduced, making the stylus work harder and follow the shape of the groove more accurately. The core of the Bass Driver has damping properties to reduce external noise that can enter the system, for example bearing noise. Cleaning up noise from the very source of the sound gives you blacker silences and clearer separation, particularly in the lower frequencies. The core is designed to increase density and absorb unwanted vibration. It works better than a solid block of material, preventing sound reflections and resonance. The lower face of the unit has a cork covering, so it is kind to your record labels and anything you rest it on.
This version is hand turned from a very attractive wood called Padauk. It has a natural strong red colour and is complimented well with the polished aluminium centre section. It looks contemporary, yet has a classical feel to set off any good looking turntable. The widest part of the puck is about 88mm in diameter and it is about 39mm in height. Due to the hand made nature of the product, dimensions and weight do vary slightly, but they won’t be be far off.
We have had some feedback from one of our customers, thankfully his English is better than my French!
“I listened to my favorites LP using the Bass Driver. Verdict :
– Energy and dynamic preserved,
– More natural Sound whatever the instrument is playing, everything including voices are cleaned, with more density (presence effect increased – I like)
– more evident details appear now (fingers sliding on cords, singer’s respiration and mouth sound).
– Silent darker,
– Sound image is deeper, I easily hear percussions and instruments positioned far behind the singer or Main musician.”
Thank you Patrick.