The Funk Firm Houdini;
Heresy, or, is this actually the next step in Analog?
Funk introduces Houdini. Derived from AK1, Arthur’s founder of The Funk Firms statement tonearm, Houdini is a decoupler with high dynamic stability.
Why The Funk Firm Houdini Decoupler?
Three years of analysis and modelling showed that “best practise” of firmly bolting cartridge-to-arm is completely wrong. With arm and cartridge “as-one”, each time you change the arm, the sound changes. Thus, all arms influence the cartridge. We can’t ever win…and certainly to date we haven’t. (That being the case, then using 3 bolts is even worse) If only we could remove the arm’s effects and support the cartridge correctly, that would leave only the sound of the cartridge.
How? Enter Houdini. In its tiny volume, just 6mm deep is a patented suspension system plus a “torsion-tether”. The result? Unparalleled isolation. With Houdini “The problem you never knew you had” disappears. Houdini has actually freed the genie.
Houdini is available in 2 variants, ‘Threaded’ and ‘Bolted’, for threaded (captive thread M2.5 which is fixed from above) cartridges and bolted (lugged cartridges with usually the need of a bolt and nut to fix) type cartridges respectively. Please see examples in the image below