Does it matter if it's black or white?
The quest to improve the performance of my much-modded Rega Planar 3 with RB250 tonearm continues.
Since I had not changed the turntable's belt for many years and it felt a bit elongated, I went to Asia Sound at Amcorp Mall in Petaling Jaya to buy a replacement.
Eddie of Asia Sound said he had a black and a white belt in stock with the white one costing more at about RM120.
I had read about Rega's white belt which was initially released as a limited edition item.
I had also read about an owner in the United Kingdom who had fitted the white belt to his old Rega Planar 3 which still had the old motor which was suspended on a rubber band.
With the white belt, things went awry with the motor hitting the laminate of the plinth and causing a knocking noise.
My old Rega Planar 3 has undergone a motor upgrade and the new Premotec motor is simply stuck onto the laminate with strong double-sided tape.
Back home, I fitted the white belt on the motor and sub-plinth. I understand it is made of some kind of un-vulcanised rubber and it is stickier than the black belt.
|White is better than black.|
My understanding of how it works is that its extra tackiness results in better grip which results in improved torque, better speed stability and better sound.
I spun some vinyl and heard the improvements - the rhythm of music was more stable and the pace more precise. The effect was somewhat like improving the fly-wheel effect of the platter.
So it does matter if it is black or white.