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A milestone in arm design. Incredible sonic ability not seen at anywhere near this price
Funk Firm FXR II Tonearm
Funks latest offering, the radical-on-the-inside carbon fibre FXR-2 tone arm is a new arrival and it's an absolute cracker. Apparently, it has already been described by one reviewer as the best tone-arm in the world.
F•XR II's mounting base is Rega compatible yet has fully adjustable VTA.
Arthur Koubesserian is one of those audio engineers who genuinely thinks outside of the box. He has been doing so since he set up Pink Triangle in the late seventies and his Funk Firm continues the theme with its first tonearm.
The Funk FXR II takes a radical approach to the problem of resonance by placing a carbon fibre cross section in the middle of a thin, walled aluminium tube.
An approach which he claims makes an incredibly stiff, yet light-weight tube that's far superior to the beams found on other tonearms.
On the inside Arthur has replaced the lateral bearings with ABEC 7 ball races from Switzerland.
But it's the armbeam that's the most significant – that CF cross-section runs the length of the tube and terminates in a Clearaudio-style slot to which you bolt an aluminium block with fixings for the cartridge and supplied SME fingerlift.
Alignment is a matter of establishing the correct overhang, which makes set up relatively straightforward.
F•XR II's comprises: Internal re-wiring *A new precision machined pillar to replace Rega's 301's plastic offering *Good as the original horizontal bearings are, they are uprated to ABEC 7 *Gone is the lack of VTA replaced by a sensible VTA adjusting base *Gone is the lack of grounding, the signal is now protected by a coherently earthed tube *Multiple cartridges can easily be changed by a new simple cartridge mount system
For Linn LP12 owners
FXR is available for Linn is a new configuration with a larger pillar and shorter arm beam. It will be a simple direct drop-in for Linn mounts (inc. Keel).
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