The Gravity One record clamp is fundamentally different from other clamps. First, it does not “clamp” to the record spindle. Instead, it gently rests on the record label, mostly isolating the record from whatever noise and vibration is present in the main turntable platter bearing. And second, the weight of the weight is only 2.3 ounces (67 grams). Compare this to the new Clearaudio Innovation clamp at 1 pound 11.5 ounces or the popular Stillpoints LPI at 1 pound 7.5 ounces. The cost of the Gravity One clamp is £195 or about $250.
From the manufacturer’s Web page (link below):
“The Gravity One Record weight serves to remove harmful vibration from the record and thus significantly improve your sound quality.
“Most clamps flatten records successfully but have very mixed results on sound quality. As a generalization, most tend to enhance create pump up the bass whilst dulling down the upper mid-band. There is also a perceived softening of dynamics (even in the bass), a slowing down of the sound and the decay of notes suffers.”
With the Gravity One, vocals are pulled out of and separated from the mix, presented as entirely separate sounds, not blending with or part of other sounds. When multiple singers are in the recording, there is a greatly enhanced ability to hear each singer distinctly. The sound stage depth increases noticeably, giving each singer a much better-defined 3D image.
The entire treble range seems to relax and gain a sense of openness and ease. This is marked by greater resolution and very fine detail, especially as notes have a very long fade into silence. The feeling of air and openness lends a more natural, less processed perception to all sounds in the midrange and upper frequencies.
Nuance and emotion, which rely on very subtle and fine resolution, are also presented much more noticeably. It really takes only a few minutes to hear this positive change which significantly enhances one’s enjoyment of the performance. Where changing between the two other clamps on hand resulted in “a little more of this, a little less of that” type of comparison, installing the Origin Live Gravity One was a paradigm shift in the level of improvement in the listening experience. This upgrade could be roughly compared to doubling the cost of any component in your stereo system.