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A Unique Record Stabilizer with Built-in Centrifugal Vibration Damping

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SPECIFICATIONS & FEATURES: Orbital Record Stabilizer

You have a state-of-the-art reference-grade turntable, but you forgot to tighten your lug nuts. Yes, lug nuts. Playing a record on your turntable is analogous to driving your car with the lug nuts loose. Your record can slip and slide around on your turntable's platter, causing your cartridge stylus to do a tracking dance on your records. Why doesn't every turntable come with its own locking device? We don't know. Even a simple lump of metal with a hole in it would help. Of course, if it isn't balanced properly, it could cause more harm than good, especially on those sensitive hi-end turntables. This is why VSE [now] offers an ultra-high precision isolated record stabilizer/rotational vibration damping device. Because every turntable needs an Orbital.

VSE's ORBITAL Record Stabilizer (ORS) is designed to stabilize your record and, at the same time, dampen inherent rotational vibrations (wow, flutter and warp), not only induced by your turntable's platter but also from rotational and lateral slippage, and uneven warp-lifting of your record on your platter. If you think about it, your record is not affixed to your turntable's platter in any way. It is allowed to slip/slide around as it spins on your platter, simply held in place by gravity and an undersize spindle. In fact, your spindle's diameter, and 9/32" hole in your record, has at least a 1/100" gap (much wider than the individual grooves on your record). This relatively huge space easily allows your lightweight record to shift around during rotation, especially on those ground glass platters.

Every turntable, no matter how expensive, will induce some inherent rotational vibrations. It is physically impossible to create a platter bearing system that is totally free of distortion. And this is why we incorporated an exclusive centrifugal vibration damping system into our Orbitals. Various isolation platforms (like Tri-Orbs) address all the aspects of airborne and ground vibrations attacking your source components, but you are completely at the mercy of rotational vibrations induced by your turntable (again, wow, flutter and warp). This is the finest dual-function record stabilizer on the market. As you may already know, VSE doesn't build "run-of-the-mill" products. They are always innovative, revolutionary and light-years ahead of anything else, at any price (now where have I heard that before?), or we simply don't manufacture them.

*Blems are factory new and are in perfect mechanical condition. Blems have minor surface abrasions or slight machining errors that are usually not noticeable to the human eye. We dare you to even find these insignificant flaws! Call or e-mail for available blem stock.

The Nuts & Bolts of ORBITAL Record Stabilizers

The ORS body itself is actually decoupled from your record via a Neoprene isolation base. This allows the perfectly balanced Orbital free-floating action to better counterbalance your table's rotational imbalances without being directly influenced by any eccentric actions of your record and/or platter. One concept behind the eight 3/4" heavy steel balls, compared to the ORS's lighter cylindrical aluminum housing, is to create a rotationally stable platform that extends further out [than a solid weight] providing a wider, flatter and lower center of gravity. Spherical objects also have a tendency to reflect or disperse airborne vibrations better than objects with sharp edges and flat surfaces.

The built-in centrifugal vibration damping system consists of four 1/4" diameter chrome steel balls (grade 25) residing in their respective [perfectly lapped] cups. While your record, platter and Orbital are spinning, the outward motion (inertia) of the four balls in their respective cups (trade named "inertia drivers") creates a centrifugal micro-vibration cancellation network that induces a "reverse phase effect," cancelling residual internal vibrations caused by inconsistencies in platter bearings and drive motors. This effect also steers intrinsic resonant frequencies into that "deaf zone" between 8 and 15 Hz. The ORS stabilizes the music's resonant frequency above this range, and cancels resonant frequencies below, which are created by your turntable's rotational distortions such as wow, flutter and warp. These four "inertia drivers" cause an opposing force by virtue of their own intrinsic inertia. In other words, these chrome steel balls are designed to absorb [or cancel] vibration and work as an inertia compensator establishing an ideal resonant frequency in the previously mentioned "deaf range" of 8 to 15 Hz. The closer you can approach this 180 degree out-of-phase balanced rotational condition, the more perfectly "tuned" your system becomes (null transmissibility). Subsequently, the more equilaterally balanced balls, the better because there is simply more frictional motion to transfer kinetic energy (vibrations) to heat, and inertia mass to dampen subtle rotational vibrations.

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