The following is a press release issued by The Funk Firm.
September 21, 2020 - The Funk Firm has released a new dynamically stable Cartridge De-Coupler.
Named Houdini, Funk claims that much as a tuning fork couples its vibration when placed onto a guitar box, the very act of firmly bolting the cartridge to the arm similarly couples and superimposes its resonances directly onto the cartridge. Funk claims that to date all arms are responsible for this describing it as “The problem you never knew you had” and all turntables suffer from it. Decoupling the arm is akin to lifting the tuning fork and thereby reduces colorations by an order of magnitude. A fully isolated cartridge would be free to wobble, negating the benefits. Houdini deals with this by utilizing a new-patented suspension and torsion tether to create what Funk describes as an island of stability to achieve “The Record Cutter in Reverse”.
They claim the differences aren’t subtle and they see Houdini as the “Next step forward for analogue”.
Two different models are available to fit the two different cartridge fitting arrangements – threaded or through hole. Alternative mounts are also available to permit correct functioning with different arm restrictions.
Arthur Khoubesserian views Houdini as the greatest contribution he’s ever made in audio. Price: $400