The Ringmat Anniversary Real Ale Gold Spot is a much improved version of the standard Ringmat. It looks very much like the standard Ringmat, but with the addition of a "Gold Spot" disc and special cut-outs to reduce resonance. It is also a much darker color, due to beer grains in the mash instead of cotton flock, this new color should particularly appeal to those who like real ale. Fractionally thicker overall than the previous edition, the Real Ale Ringmat's additional 0.1mm extra thickness may require slight adjustments to your turntable. The actual Gold Spot is said to be very powerful. The cut-outs dissipate more energy, further protecting the delicate stylus/record interface. The best Ringmat improves clarity, speed and timing of the sound, locking the imaging into a stable situation. Top-end performance becomes much more natural. Soundstaging cues are more defined. You will absolutely hear the improvements immediately. This one very serious analog upgrade.