Degritter Ultrasonic Record Cleaning Machine
Degritter is a start-up company from Estonia who have developed a technologically advanced ultrasonic record cleaning machine with a host of exciting features not seen before on record cleaners.
When it comes to your record collection, there is a number of important reasons to make sure you care for you vinyl. Firstly the obvious, maintaining your records allows them to hold / increase their value, the difference in price between a very good used record and a poor one is significant. Secondly and most importantly, cleaning your records properly improves the sound quality a lot. Even a brand new record will sound better once it has been cleaned by Degritter. This is due to the releasing agent that can get left in the grooves in production. We have tested Degritter thoroughly here at KJ West One, and we are happy to say that this is an incredible record cleaner. It is able to do things that would other ultrasonic cleaners can do but at a more affordable price point and with more features.
The core of Degritter is the 120kHz ultrasonic cleaning system. It has been carefully designed in house to make sure that records are cleaned thoroughly and without any damage to the surface of the record.
Ultrasonic cleaning works by creating a large number of microscopical bubbles in the cleaning bath, a phenomena called cavitation. The bubbles are a vacuum created by high frequency pressure waves moving through the water. Every ultrasonic cycle bubbles are formed and collapsed, releasing energy as heat and minuscule strong water jets. These effects combined thoroughly clean all surfaces down to a microscopic level.
A 120kHz frequency provides finer and more evenly distributed cleaning action than lower frequency systems. In fact, this technology at even higher frequencies is used to clean parts in the semiconductor industry, where surfaces need to be pure on a molecular level.
Degritter uses a custom ultrasonic bath with a custom 300W ultrasonic amplifier that has been designed specifically for cleaning vinyl records. The cleaning bath has four ultrasonic transducers (emitters), two on both sides covering the whole record. Degritter also comes with Frequency Sweep feature, which provides better cavitation energy and power distribution. Degritter is the only cleaning solution on the market working at 120kHz and having the Frequency Sweep feature.
Degritter record cleaning machines come with an active filtering solution. Active means that it removes small particles and dirt from the water during the ultrasonic cleaning process. Dirt washed off the record is filtered out of the ultrasonic cleaning bath and it won’t end up back on the record.
Throughout the whole technical design process Degritter also paid close attention to the noise levels that the device will put out. For this reason they have created a unique pumping solution that together with silent dryers and inaudible 120kHz ultrasonics forms a product that makes almost no noise at all.
37 × 28 × 21 cm
14.6 × 11 × 8.3 in
100 V – 240 V AC
120 kHz / 300 W
50 dB – 70 dB
Depends on the drying fan power settings
Distilled water plus 1-2 ml of cleaning fluid
5 min – 10 min
Depends on the washing program and drying settings