The 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 such as a record sitting on a felt mat... these waves and energy are reflected from the bottom of the record (a mere 2mm thick) and 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's only 5mm thick?
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. Achromat acts like a considerably thicker mat... It's job is complete!
No other mat is like it and all 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: 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.
Note: When “tnt” reviewed Achromat they concluded that the benefits of the thicker mat outweighed the benefits of the thinner mat with a clamp!
(That being the case, what does that say about those designs in the first place?)
* Specifications subject to change without notice