There are several utltrsonic cleaners on the market for use for cleaning records,cd, and other items. Many of these are more expensive than this product because of cosmetic finish and all in one operation facility i.e. they have included mechanisms to rotate and support the materials to be cleaned and the more expensive models have incorporated drying facilities. The disadvantage with the more expensive models, apart from price, is that : usually varying cycle parameters such as time and temperature is more restrictive, items other than records cannot be cleaned easily as their apertures are designed for records only, and they discourage the use of bespoke cleaning solutions on the ground that this has alrady been optimised and warranty issues. The disadvantage of the Vibrato is that it has more industrial appearance, although the finish is good and not unattractive, and mechanisms for drying and support of media have to be considered. Many , as have I, use the vinyl stack (vinylstack.com), which works extremely well and allows for further customisation as its height and speed of rotation can be varied and it allows for simulataneous cleaning of three records at a time. There is much debate on the exact frequency and power and how the ultrsonic excitation is applied for record cleaning. The Vibratio is made by a company that seems to be aware of the pro and cons of power, frequency, number of transducers and problems of tuning and standing wave formation which suggests that the manufacture understands ultransonic cleaning and I have not seen the issue of output frequency tuning or standing wave formation addressed in the literature of other manufacturers. My experience with this unit after several months cleaning both records and cds has been very positive. My experience hitherto had been limited to various cleaning sloutions and the use of a Lorricraft (Keith Monk's inspired) vacuum cleaning machine. I cannot compare the results of this machine to 60khz models or other maufactures but the results I have experienced subjectively are as others have described: lower noise, a sense of greater ease and fluidity, more low level detail retrieval, and more sense of space and three dimensionality. I believe the results are better than vacuuming and as another reviewer has found. comparing the Audio Desk, KLAudio and vacuum record leaning machine, that a two stage process works best -ultrasonic cleaning and then vauum cleaning/drying, preferably with a vaccum machine that has a Keith Monks type mechanism. The results clearly indicate what at the end of the process is contamination and what is irreperable damage both visually and audibly. Whist I have access to an electronmicroscope and I have not visually inspected pre an post cleaned records with a scanning electronmicroscope, I do have what would be considered a high end system and I do set up my cartriges with spetrum analyzers using CBS str 112 test tracks and I asses the results in an acoustically treated and measured room and using Stax electrostatic headphones. Cleaning with this machine will not tranform your records or system but will provide very worthwhile benefits the level of which I found pleasantly suprising. In particular the sense of increased fluidity ease and poise was unexpected and I had not achieved through the playing of records by altering cartridges, tonearms, record players etc.
The maufacturer was helpful with questions and dispatched promptly and the unit has been reliable. As the maufacturer seems to have developed a product for audiophiles, which I conjecture is due to expertise gained in comercial or possibly the defense industry, I would like to see this sort of iniative supported. I therefore recommend this product and urge anyone considering ultrosinic cleaning to considedr this machine.
Thank you so much for a very informative and thorough review, which I am sure will help other vinyl audio enthusiasts, whether or not they buy an ultrasonic cleaner from us. I deeply appreciate the time you took to review our product! Sincerely, Louis Steele Vibrato, LLC.
The Vibrato 80 KHz ultrasonic cleaner is a top quality machine that has worked extremely well for our use which is cleaning vinyl LP records. Louis at Vibratollc.com is most helpful if you have any questions concerning the unit. The website shows the circuit boards and if you are a tech type you will see that these are robust units. They tune each transducer at the factory to optimum frequency so the unit operates both efficiently and quietly. The cost is higher than some imported units but we feel the quality of construction and components used make this USA made cleaner a superior value. We could not be more please. Thank-you Louis!
I' m very happy that I took the risk of purchasing this product. Not because I had doubt's about how effective it might be in cleaning records. My concerns were whether it would arrive safely. Anyway....I've used it twice now and am very very happy with results. Some of my noisier LP's sound so much better now, a lot less noise,pops etc. Better results than I have had with a vacuum based RCM. A wonderful and affordable Ultrasonic cleaner, and communication with Louis was excellent.
The Vibrato 6Qt Ultrasonic Cleaner (VUC) is the most important part of a larger system I assembled to clean my LP record collection. The machine provides the basic functionality required to do the job. The machine controls are easy to use and designed to be simple - and it does a GREAT job of cleaning the LPs.
The company representative (Louis) communicates clearly and promptly. He delivered the product within the quoted time period.
I did have one minor problem with the machine which he took care of immediately. His service was stellar.