The Funk Firm introduces the next stage in vinyl evolution
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Available in 2 thicknesses 5.0mm and 3.0mm and for the Technics SL1200
The principle is one of absorbing the vibrational energy released as the stylus scrubs the groove. In fact the stylus accelerates at up to 20,000g, so it is not so much a case of scrubbing as pummelling like road hammer.Because records are only some 2mm thick, it is easy to see that if there is no where for this energy to go it would reflect off the bottom of the record back to the stylus where it really does alters the music signal.Site the record on a suitable support, however, and the energy can crosses into the material away from the stylus to be dissipated as heat before it gets back to the stylus. Real world conditions mean that the mat can not that much thicker than the record itself. So how is it possible for any mat to actually work?
Achromat 5mm: The 5mm is the standard recommended thickness. In tests it consistently comes top over the 3mm mat. Not by a lot but it is noticeable. So,wherever possible go for the 5mm.Achromat 3mm: Why the 3mm, then? Many people's turntables use arms with no VTA capability, whatsoever, notably Rega 250s & 300s. These turntables use felt mats that are about 3mm thick and so a special version of Achromat has been made available as a convenient way to get most of the benefits that Achromat has to offer.Another reason is for those decks with short spindles and a clamp; the 5mm would cause problems.It has to be noted, however, that when "tnt" reviewed the mat under such circumstances, they concluded that the benefits of the thicker mat outweighed the benefits of the thinner mat with the clamp! Nevertheless, the choice is left for you to make.Achromat 1200: Some turntables, (Garrard 301 / 401 and Technics SL1200), have a platter with a machined lip which precludes the use of the normal Achromats (which have a diameter of 293mm). For these turntables we have launched a version of the mat with an undercut to overcome the problem.Incredible as it sounds, Achromat really does benefit every kind of turntable from the most modest to truly exotic creations costing £10,000 and upwards.
I took the plunge and ordered one of these for my Technics TT. I have been testing the Achromat using a 600g record puck, rather than using the adhesive fixings. The mass of the puck seemed to largely stop any tendency for the mat to slip.I was frankly amazed at how much of an improvement the Achromat made to the quality of the sound. Particularly at the bottom end. Bass reproduction was cleaner and tighter, but not reduced in any way. Midrange and treble were clear and open. Compared to my Technics rubber mat, or a felt mat, this was a revelation. I was also impressed with how accurately the Achromat 1200 fitted the platter with its raised edge lip. The fit was perfect and flat as a tack.Outstanding product.
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Got the 3mm version with the Project Essential II (because no VTA adjustment...) Instant difference, warmer sound, more bass, more top end. Easy upgrade, I'm sure the 5mm will be even better with relevant turntables.
What a product, had read lot's of review on the funk firm achromat before and I had to try one out, this just open up the sound so much, it will not be coming off my Garrard
Mat setup before Archromat 1200 was a Rega mat under the original Technics rubber one. Thought it sounded pretty good until the Achromat 1200 came along and lifted the veil of dullness. Now the music sounds exciting again. I use it with a Ortofon 2M Black together with Ortofon SH-4 headshell and the VTA is perfect.
This is my second Achromat and it seems as if I've found my ultimate platter mat. It looks good and improves the sound.
Works great. Better sound, better bass.Very good mat
I've been faffing about with different platter mats for ages - they made a difference to the sound but I was never sure whether I had optimised it or not and the arrangement I finally settled on was infuriating because the top mat stuck to the underside of every LP I played and had to be peeled off and repositioned each time. Then someone recommended the Achromat to me and I took the plunge. It's always hard to judge the effect that a change of mat makes because you normally also have to adjust your VTA and it's hard to separate the difference that each makes. Having experimented for a few days and got the VTA right now the sound is definitely better than it has ever been with the Achromat in situ. Dynamics and clarity most notably are improved. Very happy!
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Really good product, with an optimal profile adaptation to the Technics 1200 Type platter as far as I am concerned. Thickness 4 mm, high density material leading to an audible and remarkable improvement of the sound reproduction on the whole concerned frequency spectrum, especially for the low frequencies
Used on an old Linn Basik turntable it has made the bass firmer and increased detail retrieval. Well worth the cost. Results with a Linn Sondek were inconclusive.
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