26. March, 2012

**The oversize platter myth **

Turntable platters with a bigger diameter have greater rotational momentum. That is a fact. But some companies claim that a slightly bigger size gives double momentum of rotation with the same mass. That is just not correct. Let us assume that the platter is a cylinder without being narrower at the outer edge, then:

Platter mass X size

Momentum of inertia 225 272,25 462,25 ( value for compare)

A larger platter with the same mass will, of course, be thinner than a smaller sized platter. The thinner platter will resonate more - that is also a fact.

We can see that increasing the diameter by 10%( from 30 to 33 cm), gives only 21% and not double, increase in momentum. If, for example, two platters are made the same mass of 8kg, from the same material, then the platter with a diameter of 30 cm will be 4cm thick and 43 cm sized platter will be only

So optimal size and thickness of a platter, together with the damping properties of the material used and its internal construction is the best way to make the best possible platter.