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Achromat by Funk. Still the top mat and stock is here.
« on: April 10, 2017, 08:53:16 AM »
The mat that started it all. 
In 2005 I brought in a few wondering who would pay the equivalent of GBP55.00 then for a turntable mat. 

Arthur Khoubesserian insisted everyone can use one and they work. 
I sold the first 4 in a few weeks despite  being a bright blue and going on to LP12 in afromosia.  The improved sound immediate and clear. 
Arthur did eventually relent and made them black.

Arthur is the pioneer of the now so common naked acrylic platter on his Pink Triangle turntables.  At the time it was heresy. 

The Achromat is his advancement of this concept and since 2005, he has improved it further. 











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Re: Achromat by Funk. Still the top mat and stock is here.
« Reply #1 on: April 10, 2017, 09:42:42 AM »
That red one is well Funk-y.  So how much do they cost now?
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Re: Achromat by Funk. Still the top mat and stock is here.
« Reply #2 on: April 10, 2017, 02:23:05 PM »
3 mm is 60 GBP and 5 mm thick mats are 70 GBP.









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Re: Achromat by Funk. Still the top mat and stock is here.
« Reply #3 on: April 10, 2017, 02:28:20 PM »
And what does it do please?  Concise answer...

(Besides looking nice).  I was presented with a cork mat for a Linn LP12 which looks better than the cheap felt that it came with.  No apparent improvement in sound though

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Re: Achromat by Funk. Still the top mat and stock is here.
« Reply #4 on: April 10, 2017, 02:40:15 PM »
And what does it do please?  Concise answer...

(Besides looking nice).  I was presented with a cork mat for a Linn LP12 which looks better than the cheap felt that it came with.  No apparent improvement in sound though


Cork is likely to sound worse on an LP12. 







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Re: Achromat by Funk. Still the top mat and stock is here.
« Reply #5 on: April 10, 2017, 02:44:18 PM »

Theory:

The stylus accelerates at up to 20,000g. This means your groove wall is not so much caressed but more akin to being pummelled by a road hammer creating travelling shock waves.
When there is a material change (the record sitting on a felt mat, say, these waves are reflected and
energy reflected from the bottom of the record (a mere 2mm thick) is sensed by the stylus and heard as colouration.

Can we prevent his reflection?

Achromat is the ideal material to absorb energy from the record. There is no better.
But it is only 3-5mm thick and this is where the science kicks in.
Millions of tiny bubbles within create complex pathways and that's where the energy gets lost as heat.
In this way, Achromat acts like a considerably thicker mat. Its job is complete.

No other mat is like it and all it takes is a simple A-B comparison to demonstrate the differences against other supports.
Longer term listening allows subtle nuances as well as greater bass intelligibility to be appreciated.

In 2009 Achromat came top in a mat comparison in HiFi Choice and then went on to win the Gold Award for Accessory against all comers.

And of course there are the testimonials from happy customers.

It has become the mat of choice for LP12 owners and also Technics SL1200 turntables.
No wonder Achromat is the World's top selling mat. 







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