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    Join Date: Sep 2009

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    I'm Josie.

    Cool The Funk Firm Houdini review

    Hi all.

    I just wanted to share my latest review for the Funk Firm 'Houdini and Achromat' combo on my website, www.Tannoyista.com

    As some of you already have read elsewhere on AOS, the Houdini is something really special and I'm really blown away with it. For such a small thing, the Houdini has to be one of the most important purchases if you love your vinyl.

    You can read the full review here:
    https://www.tannoyista.com/2020/11/t...-achromat.html

    I hope you enjoy!


    Last edited by The Black Adder; 05-11-2020 at 06:31.
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    Excellent review, Jo, and I see you've also got one with the, erm. 'Funky' new box!

    Btw, I know it'll be a bit of a pain, but you may like to try remounting the Houdini, minus your graphite stabilizer, as introducing another interface like that isn't recommended. Best to just have the Houdini mounted straight to the headshell.

    Don't worry about reducing mass, because as I told you before, the Houdini makes the partnering cartridge, to a large extent, 'headshell agnostic'. It will sound even better that way, trust me, and will allow you more flexibility with VTA

    Try it and see what you think!

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Hey Marco.

    Thanks for the kind words.

    With the spacer the arm is nice and level. To what I can tell so far, the spacer doesn't take anything away from the sound.
    TRIO L-07D Turntable - Tube Distinctions Copper Amp (Using KT150's) - Croft Epoch Elite (Very highly upgraded) - Studer A80R Master Recorder (High Speed 15/30 IPS) - 15" Tannoy Monitor Gold - Loudspeakers in Lockwood Major cabinets - Tannoyista SPEC 3 Custom Crossovers - VanDamme Black Speaker Cable - Allo Revolution + USBridge + SHANTI PSU



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    No worries... Yes, but you won't know until you remove it, and I have it on good authority that the Houdini performs best without any added interfaces.

    Try it and report back, as I'd be curious of your thoughts

    Marco.
    Main System

    Turntable: Heavily-modified Technics SL-1210MK5G [Mike New bearing/ETP platter/Paul Hynes SR7 PSU & reg mods]. Funk Firm APM Achromat/Nagaoka GL-601 Crystal Record Weight/Isonoe feet & boots/Ortofon RS-212D/Denon DL-103GL in Denon PCL-300 headshell with Funk Firm Houdini/Kondo SL-115 pure-silver cartridge leads.

    Paul Hynes MC head amp/SR5 PSU. Also modded Lentek head amp/Denon AU-310 SUT.

    Other Cartridges: Nippon Columbia (NOS 1987) Denon DL-103. USA-made Shure SC35C with NOS stylus. Goldring G820 with NOS stylus. Shure M55E with NOS stylus.

    CD Player: Audiocom-modified Sony X-777ES/DAS-R1 DAC.

    Tape Deck: Tandberg TCD 310.

    Preamps: Heavily-modified Croft Charisma-X. LDR Stereo Coffee. Power Amps: Tube Distinctions Copper Amp fitted with Tungsol KT-150s. Quad 306.

    Cables & Sundries: Mark Grant HDX1 interconnects and digital coaxial cable, plus Mark Grant 6mm UP-LCOFC Van Damme speaker cable. MCRU 'Ultimate' mains leads. Lehmann clone headphone amp with vintage Koss PRO-4AAA headphones.

    Tube Distinctions digital noise filter. VPI HW18.5 record cleaning machine.

    Speakers: Tannoy 15MGs in Lockwood cabinets with modified crossovers. 1967 Celestion Ditton 15.


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    Great detailed review
    Technics SL1210 MK2 fully rebuilt and repainted. Ortofon 2M Black Cart, Isonoe isolation feet , MN bearing and Funk Firm platter upgrade, Oyaide RCA Tone Arm and speaker cables, Jelco SA-750D Tonearm. Oyaide HS-TF Carbon headshell, MCRU Linear External PSU, High Fidelity Crystal glass turntable matt, Blue LED upgrade, Denon AVR-2808CI Amp, Bowers and Wilkins DM602S3 Speakers,
    Black Rhodium Jazz power cables for amp and turntable, Firebottle mk2 Phono Stage.

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    Hey, thanks, Mick.

    I must say... After a few weeks of listening to this tiny thing installed. The sound continues to impress. I've really hit my collection hard since installing it.

    Some say that the price tag is a bit steep, but I have to admit... The difference is more noticeable than any isolation feet or interconnect I've tried to which 300 is easily spent.
    TRIO L-07D Turntable - Tube Distinctions Copper Amp (Using KT150's) - Croft Epoch Elite (Very highly upgraded) - Studer A80R Master Recorder (High Speed 15/30 IPS) - 15" Tannoy Monitor Gold - Loudspeakers in Lockwood Major cabinets - Tannoyista SPEC 3 Custom Crossovers - VanDamme Black Speaker Cable - Allo Revolution + USBridge + SHANTI PSU



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    Quote Originally Posted by The Black Adder View Post
    Hey, thanks, Mick.

    I must say... After a few weeks of listening to this tiny thing installed. The sound continues to impress. I've really hit my collection hard since installing it.
    I know exactly what you mean Josie. I've been doing the same as well as buying as much vinyl as I can get away with ha. Also had to replenish the record cleaning fluid.
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