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.
This mat is well worth the money. Don't ask me why, but my TT sounds more transparent with tighter bass and more precise highs.
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I am satisfied with the work of the AS. Good product, I recommend everyone. My THORENS TD 145 started to play in more detail.
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The world best turntable Mat!
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Product do what it says, very good result with my technics sl1210mk2.-service is top noch, fast delivery and good packaging . Very wide choice for music and hifi lovers in this site. for me is 5 stars all the way.
1 of 2 people found this review helpful.
Fantastic upgrade. Sound quality is more open and detailed as with the standard mat. It also removes statics almost to zero. Highly recommended.
Bought the Achromat along with an Ortofon LH-2000 headshell for my Technics SL-1210GR. Together they give a much more open sound. I was surprised at how much tighter and focussed everything was.Worth every penny!
3 of 3 people found this review helpful.
Purchased the achromat last week, for my thorens td160.Great improvement in sound, much more detailed and open. Really a bargain if you keep in mind the pricesof cartridges. And it really is like anupgrade in cartridges.On minor point of criticism is the sillydesign in the middle. It really hurts my eyes. Of course this is very subjective an doesn't influence the sound at all
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Great service, smooth transaction couldn't ask for anymore. Cheers
Fantastic upgrade. Sound quality is more open and detailed as with the standard rubber mat. It also removes statics almost to zero. Highly recommended.
Excellent mat which absorbs the vibrations. My reserve: the white papers, not very necessary are terrible to peel!
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