Vinyl is dead, long live vinyl! The basic principles of turntable construction have remained roughly the same since the arrival of the Garrard 301 and 401 in the 1960s. Idler-drive, belt-drive or direct-drive, all have a place in the modern hi-fi system: but what has changed fundamentally is the turntable mat. From a simple piece of commercial rubber or felt on the earliest decks we now have the latest innovation, the Oyaide MJ-12. Manufactured from Aluminium, to own it is to love it; a stunning piece of audiophile engineering. And partnered with the complementary STB-MS weight, the results are even more impressive.