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The brain behind these developments was a physicist, Arthur Khoubesserian who in 2005 founded The Funk Firm. Its mission statement was clear and unequivocal: “To get the most from the tiny groove containing musical information”. You might have thought with so many ideas, it was all a done deal but reference to the master tape shows this is not the case and fresh new ideas are needed as much now as before.
Note we said “The Master Tape” and not “Digital”. With Pink as the backdrop then, isn’t this something for which Funk is uniquely capable?
In support of that, here already are some examples. 2005 Funk moved on from the acrylic and launched Achromat. A universal Mat of a new material and construction, which, incredibly improved on Pink Triangle’s original acrylic platter. It seems counter-intuitive but Achromat easily improves turntables costing £40,000+.
No wonder that Achromat is now the best selling mat in the world,
2006 A three-pulley belt drive system called Vector drive – it Vectors the drive force around the platter, thereby providing superior support to platter rotation, and is the ideal support for the conventional, downward pointing bearing, especially when correctly positioned – Yes, even here there is an optimisation process.
2010, Funk moved into cartridge supports, otherwise known as “The Arm”, where Funk has introduced a genuinely new arm tube construction. Arm resonances had plagued arms, quite literally for a century. Called F.X this new development has revolutionised the way resonances are now being reduced to vanishing. It is already regarded as a giant killer and development of this new technology is ongoing.

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Achromat is the natural progression from the original acrylic interface invented by Arthur Khoubesserian back in 1979. 
Refining the theory he subsequently launched Achromat in 2005.

Ongoing refinements in composition and application means that Achromat is now more universal and better than ever

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.



In use…

Two thicknesses are available: 3mm and 5mm.

Achromat 5mm: This is the standard recommended thickness. 
In tests the 5mm consistently betters the 3mm mat.  
So wherever possible go for the 5mm.

Achromat 3mm: Why the 3mm, then? 
- Arms with no VTA (Rega) are awkward to adjust. They are commonly found on decks with felt mats about 3mm thick. 
-Decks with short spindles where 5mm would cause problems. 



Note: When “tnt” reviewed Achromat they concluded that the benefits of the thicker mat outweighed the benefits of the thinner mat with a clamp!


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, a £70 Achromat really does benefit every kind of turntable from the most modest to truly exotic creations costing £10,000 and upwards. 
(That being the case, what does that say about those designs in the first place?)


We have several deomonstation areas in both of our branches. Please give us a call on 03435236169 or email support@kronosav.com to enquire about hearing products at your local branch. 

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DPD gives you an hourly window for delivery so you can make sure you are home, and you can of course track your parcel all the way from despatch to your front door, offering you peace of mind. 

If for any reason your parcel does arrived damaged, please get in touch, and we will be happy to get everything resolved for you. We are always on hand to help!

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Most large orders (over 2kg) ship using DPD or DHL courier and smaller orders (under 2kg) by Royal Mail signed for services.

The most appropriate courier will be chosen for the items ordered to ensure the quickest possible delivery.

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