The results you'll hear are more space and air, inky black backgrounds, layered timbral color, better midband resolution and sonorous deep bass.
"Voices seem more natural and large ensembles of instruments are very well-defined and differentiated. Bass is roughly similar in weight and extension, but has less overhang and tonality is given a lift in precision across the frequency range."
– Richard Black, Tech Radar, July 2009
"Substituting the Achromat for the original rubber mat brings about immediate improvements. That probably understates the differences...Ambience retrieval, soundstage depth and width, the distinct pitch of individual bass notes, immediately grab this listener's attention as vastly improved. Vocals sound more like real human voices than processed vocals. It becomes easier to follow individual instrument lines, which seem better separated from rest of the mix."
– Mark Wheeler, TNT Audio
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.
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.
Diference compared to 5mm: Achromat
Rega arms for example have no VTA capability or are very awkward to adjust. They are also commonly found on decks with felt mats about 3mm thick.
A special version of Achromat has been made available as a convenient way to get most of the benefits that Achromat has to offer.
Another reason is for those decks with short spindles and a clamp; the 5mm would cause problems.
*Please Note: Achromat Only. Turntable not included.