The cork mat reduces noise and lets the music flow. This lowers record vibration and reduces acoustic feedback. Stylus tracking is improved and record wear reduced.
Cork is the perfect material. It sucks up unwanted vibrations and releases the life and energy of the music. It’s naturally non-static and non-adhesive making the mat perfectly safe for use on all platters, and it won’t harm your records. Cork grips the record better than felt so there’s less record slippage and fewer timing errors. The mat is thin, lightweight, and generally doesn’t require a VTA adjustment.