“Arguably, Funk develops the very best sounding, unique technologies found anywhere on the planet”
Open. Deep. Sweet. Natural. Qualities you’re missing on your turntable setup? Why is this? They’re not in the deck! Fit Rage & you can have them. Rage 1 totally transforms any Rega (1970s Planar 2, 3…P3, P6) & you end up with a formidable, High-Performance player. With Rage we completely overturn convention on what makes a great deck, plus it is also very cost effective. (“Thank you!” countless Rega sales)
“Improvements”?… Can you hear them? (If you can’t, can they then matter?)
As a Rega owner you may have wondered about upgrading but 40 years on, Planar 2, 3, 25, RP3, RP6, P3, P6 and also RP1 and RP2… a bewildering range, each “improved”. It is surely fair to ask, “how much has the sound improved?” The world having moved on, Regas still retain critical parts since day one: felt mat, bearing, feet, platter, plinth. And, what of Rega’s famed RB arms? RB2xx, 3xx, 600… It’s the same story: The same tube, the same bias.
(Bearings? Don’t worry. We’ll get to them, later)
…The metamorphosis begins
With Rage, starting with almost any basic Rega chassis, Rage addresses 3 fundamental areas: Felt mat, feet and arm.
Felt mat – Achromat; Hard feet – Bo!ng AND RB’s arm beam – F7 or FXR. Individually, Rage’s components have already been “A-B” compared & reviewed in “Real World Tests” and have come top:
Achromat. Awards? Yes-Yes. But it’s people who like Achromat. A first “go-to, must-have” upgrade – Modest Regas to Super Decks – £18k Linns, SME 10-20-30s (£3k-£45k+) and so on. Felt mats…acrylic platters, all benefit.
Achromat will also make you “Ex-static”: Felt mats have long been a source of static…& much annoyance! Even in very dry rooms, treat Achromat with anti-static and you’ll get both better sound and no static. Win-Win. (Real World Test 1)
Bo!ng Isolation: High-End decks are isolated Why? Vibrations from all around (not just the HiFi) reach the stylus via rigid feet. This muddles the sound. It’s insidious & must be prevented.Cost-effective &easily fitted,Funk’s Bo!ngs fully isolate your Rega.1 How well do they work? Here are one person’s findings: “Real World Test 2”
“The Achromat & RP6 Bo!ng arrived
today. They’re on my deck and I have to say they’ve saved me a fortune!
Having been relegated to a smaller room in our house
(teenagers expand to fill any void) I’ve been unhappy with the performance of
my KEF R100 speakers and
have struggled to get them to sing as they used to in their previous
location. I’ve recently upgraded the power supply to my RP6 and my phono
stage to linear supplies and whilst these have improved staging, it is the
Achromat and the Boings that have put the icing on the cake. Base is now
deeper and better controlled and the timing of my system just sounds more
musical. The KEF’s are no longer
chuffing from the rear port in a vain attempt to keep up. I may end up
changing them in the longer term, but for now they’re back where I want them,
so that’s a couple of thousand saved at least.
Dance music is as energetic as it should be and Eva Cassidy sounds as melancholic as she should. I’m listening to The entry of the Gods into Valhalla from Das Rheingold as I’m typing this and cannot wait to explore more of my music. Thank you, thank you, thank you.
Given the saving on speakers, I’ll be in touch after Christmas to explore upgrading my arm. Roughly how long would you have the arm if I decide to go for the FXR mod?“
His last sentence takes us to “Rage 1” but we’re getting ahead of ourselves:
Collectively, Rage’s game-changing, gold-standard performance can now come together. First: Rage 2 + F7 Arm
F7 Arm, (used in Funk’s award-winning Gett!) Rage 2 (5mm Achromat, Bo!ng & F7)
F7 employs a novel “frictionless”, high-tensile filament suspension design & unique to Funk. It actually helps your cartridge track grooves better! Really? Yes. (Real World Test 3: Just try a test disc: F7 v RB, even RB808 or 2000)
F7: VTA adjustment so you can use a 5mm Achromat, not the 3mm. F7: A “free” sounding arm + less stylus wear.
Separately Rage 2 comes to £680 / $885. As a package it’s £630 / $799. (RB808 is £630 / $1195)
Compare RB808 against Rage 2. Before listening, which do you think will give more musical satisfaction?
Then go, hear for yourself and see if you’re right3 (Drop Rage 2’s price further. Trade in your RB3XX + arm2)
Review of Rage 2: https://theaudiophileman.com/funk-firm-rage-ii-review/
“When only the best will do” Rage 1 (5mm Achromat, Bo!ng & FXR)
Really tiny Fact: Groove information: It’s smaller than the wavelength of light! Yes, that tiny.
A wind-chime…is a wind-chime… Or: RB to FXR (and beyond)
Our stylus is a mini “seismograph”. It senses the groove down to molecules while accelerating at over 20,000G,! Neat, huh?
It is just one component’s job to properly support this sensitive, expensive, music-maker – The Arm. In order to work correctly, the arm must be as stable as possible? Does it succeed? Well, it can be tested...But first:
Movement 1…? “Perfect Bearings?”
It’s been said: “ultra close-set bearings get more information”? Is it true? And, what is “More information”? Till tested it’s “speculative science” but how about you testing it: Compare RB300 & RB808 – Old bearings vs perfect bearings. (easy, real world test 4) 3: Is there any real difference? No? That’s because arm bearings don’t rotate! – they act more like a uni-pivot; hand a wnd-chime from perfect bearings. It’ll still ring. Bearings do nothing here. In our “Real World”, we see “Perfect bearings” as an ‘irrelevant distraction’ from what matters. “Ringing” now takes centre stage. Ringing isn’t theory. Ringing is simple movement and in real-world parlance, it spells trouble…big trouble.
Movement 2…? “The Nub of the Problem”
Fact: “Needle-talk” Energy causes arms to flex, vibrate, RING! (Think: Fishing rod + a lump at the end wobbling). …
= Movement. Aha! That’s how the music degrades. We can’t see the movements…but we can hear. Let’s measure. Copied “as is” from HiFi World are typical curves of arm tube bending plots (100Hz-6kHz): RB, SME V and FXR. Messy? They are way worse than any speaker measurement!
RB: 20dB – Wide spikes SME: 30dB-BIG spike FXR: Just +6dB Standard Arm F·X
ALL arms flex in the mid-band (.5-3kHz), where the ear is most sensitive: RB’s 20dB(!) spikes are massive & wideband – not good. SME V is damped; it has fewer frequencies, but its spike is 30dB! And where are both bad, problematic spikey areas? – .5-3kHz!
FXR (F·X) is totally different. Where’s any spike? No damping and very little energy (6dB), it just doesn’t even look like an arm.
F·X is a unique arm-beam technology found only in Funk arms: FXR is our entry level F·X arm, FX34 & LAB 25. The images on the right are our development modelling of Proof of Concept: (L) Typical, standard arms (flexing) & (R) F·X. Clearly F·X works.
It’s NOT from the deck. It’s the ARM! Lose the nasty “extras” & reveal the airy, sweet, natural subtlety within your records.
Using F·X your RB arm is fully re-built and transformed into FXR. Since FXR’srelease & despite RB’s non-linear magnetic bias, FX3’sbias is by contrast linear, FXR has still gained notoriety as a “Giant-Killer”. Here’s why:
…Measurements actually translate into the listening room. A-B listening & comparisons
But which to compare? We could try FXR v RB808? C’mon, that’s just FXR vs RB300. Boring. Not worth it.
How about SME’s £5,000 reference “V”? Ultra–rigid, ultra-close tolerance ABEC 7 bearings (SME got there first!). “Rolex-esque” engineered it’s still regarded “one of the best”. So FXR vs SME. (Real World test 5) 3
No matter. FXR simply trounces it…in about 12 seconds 3. Read the review and Google Bristol show reports:
“…the V adds a distinct bloom… to the sound… again smears detail… This was a shock.” (Real World test 6)
Or, from an owner: “I currently use a Verdier La Platine (£12,000+) to play my records with the FXR in place which I never regretted buying and I think it’s still one of the best tonearms ever…….”
So, it’s not just us who says that. (This leaves a bit of a vexed question: Which arm then is the real reference?)
FXR Upgrade price RB arms: £1250 / $1695 Full Rage 1 kit: £1380 / $1799. (See website for details) 6
Conclusion: The High-End. Truly, no longer out of your reach.With Funk now your Rega really is…“Remarkable”3
RAGE 1: Feb 2019 Review: Rating: 10/10: https://theaudiophileman.com/rage-1-funk-firm-review-rega-planar/
Believing is Hearing
1: For Rega models that are not Bo!ng compatible, e.g. RP8, a special Kinetik Kradle variant is available – mid 2019.
2: Excludes RB2XX arms. Please contact Funk for more details regarding the trade-in.
3: Sounds incredible? Hear it for yourself. Contact us or your distributor and arrange a demonstration.
4: FX3 (£1990) has linear bias, azimuth & even lower resonance. Used as a reference by reviewers, FX3 takes your deck higher still.
5: Lab 2: Funk’s soon to be released new flagship, available Late 2019. 6: Outside the UK, FXR is only available as an upgrade.
Contact us www.thefunkfirm.co.uk or your distributor for further information including arm options, cartridge selection and more.