Funk Firm Achromat 5mm Turntable Mat - All Colours - Turntable Mats
Our "Humble mat" is specially designed with thousands of tiny bubbles to help disperse the energy that the stylus creates.
The Achromat comes in many different sizes. The standard 3mm fits nearly all turntables. We also have a 5mm mat that is designed for decks with VTA adjustments. Finally a lipped mat for everyone else.
This mat also comes in 5 different colours and will not only improve the quality of the music but also improve the style of your turntable.
The Achromat is only one part of our Isolation Bubble concept to bring everyone closer to the master tape.
The Funk Achromat 5mm Turntable Mat 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
A 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.
With these platter vibrations directly UNDER your stylus, it’s like a rough road a car travels on, you feel it. So does the stylus. It reads it and tells us all about it. You hear it as less definition in your music.
You don’t need to be in a disco environment for platter to play along with the music. You’ll hear it as less definition in your music and why in 2014 Funk developed Strata. Technics followed by releasing 1200GAE, 1200G and SP10R, all with an added that lump of brass to do the same job.
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.
Achromat’s polymer construction contains millions of randomly sized bubbles that absorb energy and turn it into heat
Significantly reduces distortion by attenuating the back reflection from the platter to the stylus
Helps to damp the ringing of metal and glass platters as it is designed to be stuck to the platter
Results in a more 3D soundstage and better delineation between notes.
Unlike the cheap felt mats usually supplied, Achromat is almost universally Anti-static. For particularly dry environments, an anti-static spray can be applied.
Though the default mat for your arm with no VTA is 3mm, we have convenient shims + additional screws to raise your arm, allowing you to order the 5mm, most especially if down the line, you’ll be considering The isolation Bubble route.
- For 1200/1210 mk II-VII or GR: Use the top of the line Acromat APM: Available in Black, white, Red, Yellow, Blue, Green.
- For 1500C: Use the original Achromat 1200. Available in: Black, White, Green, Yellow.
- For 1200G: Use the standard Achromat 5mm mat: Available in: Black, White, Yellow, Green