Orb Audio DF-01iA+

I use a VinylFlat and Groovy Pouch, but have spoiled one record with it (and saved several others). Does anyone find this more expensive device better?



Yes. I bought the non “+” version a few months ago after using Vinyl Flat and pouch for years with mixed, and sometimes damaging, results. The Orb has flattened every LP with no damage, and its a pleasure to use. Worth the price to me.

Yes, the Orb is a winner. I thought about buying one. But, records that are warped badly enough that the Sota's vacuum can't clamp them are sent back for replacement and I already have a shortage of space. 

I can order one through a US dealer for $1350USD plus tax, shipping, duty. They can be had for as little as $1200CDN on eBay, but they are the Japanese 100v version, not modified for 120v. They say they use semiconductor films for heating the glass plates, and I don't know if they will cope with 120v or whether they would burn out.

Personally, I would not hazard the risk. But you can get a step down transformer easily enough if you want to go that route.

@mijostyn , it seems like more than half the new LPs I buy these days have egregious cups warps. What gives? I got sick of returning them, sometimes repeatedly. If a vacuum platter can master those warps. I’m in awe. The Orb does take up an absurd amount of room. Luckily, I have a big closet off my office with AC where it sits at the ready, next to the Degritter.