Are Record Weights & Clamps Worth It?

Are Record Weights & Clamps Worth It?

Craig Walker |

In the world of vinyl records, there's a constant quest for the best sound quality.

Among the many accessories available to audiophiles, record weights and clamps have garnered a lot of attention.

But are these devices really worth the investment?

Let's delve into the details and find out.

What Is A Record Weight & Clamp?

Before we can evaluate the worth of record weights and clamps, it's essential to understand what they are and what they do.

Record weights and clamps are devices that are placed on the spindle of a turntable, over the record.

Their primary purpose is to ensure that the record lays flat on the platter, reducing unwanted vibrations and resonance.

Record weights are typically heavier and simply use their mass to flatten the record, while clamps use a screw mechanism to apply pressure.

This is a record weight:

Record Weight Stabiliser on Vinyl Record

This is a record clamp:

Record Clamp On Vinyl Record

Both devices aim to improve the contact between the record and the platter, which in theory, should enhance sound quality

What Difference Can A Record Weight Make?

Unlike a pre-amplifier or speaker upgrade, you're unlikely to hear a night and day difference when using a record weight or clamp.

But that doesn't mean they aren't worth the small investment!

Here are some considerations:

  1. Reducing Vibrations & Resonance: Record weights and clamps are designed to add mass to your record players platter, which can help reduce vibrations and resonances. This can potentially result in improved sound quality by minimising unwanted distortions and vibrations that may affect the playback of the vinyl.

  2. Flattening Warped Records: A record weight or clamp can sometimes help flatten slightly warped records. By applying downward pressure, these accessories may assist in making the vinyl surface more even during playback.

  3. Enhancing Tracking Stability: Some users find that record weights and clamps improve the stability of the tonearm tracking across the record surface. This can be particularly beneficial in situations where there may be slight warps or fluctuations in the vinyl.

  4. Turntable & Cartridge Compatibility: Not all turntables and cartridges benefit equally from the use of record weights and clamps. It's essential to consider the design of your turntable and the type of cartridge you have. Some turntables are specifically designed to work optimally without the need for additional weights or clamps.

  5. Personal Preference: The impact of record weights and clamps on sound quality is subjective and varies from person to person. Some audiophiles swear by their effectiveness, while others may not notice a significant difference.

  6. Cost: Record weights and clamps come in various price ranges. It's important to weigh the cost of these accessories against the perceived benefits and improvements in sound quality you expect to achieve.

Are Record Weights & Clamps Worth It?

So, are record weights and clamps worth it? The answer to this question largely depends on your individual circumstances.

The potential improvements in sound quality and the protection of your records could justify the cost.

Personally, I always use a record weight when playing my records.

Are they going to completely transform your sound quality? No.

But I am convinced that they do make a minor improvement to sound quality, and for the sake of <£40 it adds another layer of enjoyment to the vinyl record playing experience.

Ultimately, the decision to use a record weight or clamp should be based on your own listening preferences, your equipment, and your budget.


In summary, record weights and clamps can be worth considering for audiophiles seeking to fine-tune their turntable setup and optimise playback conditions.

We'd be lying if we said that you'll notice a big improvement in sound quality, but if you like a nice chunk of anodised aluminium and a small potential of sound improvement whilst adding to the overall experience then a record weight is a worthwhile investment.