It is only 3mm 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.
It has become the mat of choice for LP12 owners and also Technics SL1200 turntables.
** Other colours available **
APM For all variants except 1200G & 1500C
Technics’ 1200/1210 and GR models are fine motor units but suffer from a very significant weakness – The platter. All the rubber they’ve glued to the platter to stop it ringing doesn’t help. Try it for yourself. Hang the platter on your finger, tap it and feel the low frequency vibrations. That’s because rubber is soft and “wobbly”, and these vibrations are directly UNDER your stylus. Platter vibrates…Stylus reads it.
Whenever these frequencies are in the music, the platter will play along with it and you’ll hear it as less definition in your music. That’s why Funk developed Strata and we can only guess but also why Technics added that lump of brass to the same platter design in their £3k G model.
Unfortunately for you, the different motor design of the 1200/1210 and GR models means that you can’t use that platter. We also accept that not many people want to spend so much money upgrading to Strata. The good news is that we have come up with a new cost-effective solution. It is called APM, our new mat to solve this problem.
APM is Funk’s Achromat with a glass substrate bonded to it to create a constrained layer damper for the platter. Glass is inherently very RIGID but has totally different properties to the metal platter. Supporting each other, their different resonances work against each other and the vibrations die very quickly indeed. The platter is now much more stable, at least as good if not better than G. Optimised to the same mass distribution but without the weight penalty, APM allows the electronics continue to operate as intended.