We can do no better than repeat the following from a reviewer who upon comparing FX-R against a £2000+ world reference was overheard quietly muttering:
”It’s remarkable how the music comes through when the arm is not in the way”
That has thrust FX-R instantly into super-arm territory.
BUT based on a fully re-worked Rega 301, FX-R is modestly priced.
We believe it currently heads the field – yes it really is that good.
- Internal PTFE re-wiring
- A new precision machined pillar to replace 301’s plastic offering
- Good as the original horizontal bearings are, they are uprated to ABEC 7. By reducing friction and hence the load on the stylus.
- Gone is the lack of VTA replaced by a sensible VTA adjusting base. This in turn is available in two versions:
- Version I is the standard VTA base for use with Funk derived FXR arms.
- Version II is designed for use with Rega arms, RB 600 and above, namely those with mounting ”wings”, which would otherwise foul the VTA base.
- Gone is the lack of grounding, the signal is now protected by a coherently earthed tube
- Multiple cartridges can easily be changed by a new simple cartridge mount system.
- As standard FXR II’s external cabling is Rega’s cable but it also available with
- Straight through wiring from cartridge to Phono plug or with a
- 5 pin connector and a separate detachable lead of your choice.
- And the raison d’etre for all this effort? Funk’s new F•X arm beam
To create an FX-R and incorporate Funk’s F•X technology takes a surprising amount of time and skill.
Disassembling a 301 is tricky and fiddly.
The first job is to remove the arm tube.
Next the bearings and plastic pillar have to be separated so the new machined pillar can be fitted. This is not just a matter of undoing a few screws for the plastic pillar is moulded about the bearing assembly – it doesn’t just come away.
Far from straightforward, special tools and skill are needed if damage to the races is to be avoided (something all too easily done).
This operation takes time and care.
The components are now given their first performance check.
A new machined pillar, with the new ball races are now carefully assembled and pre-loaded. Check number two.
Next the arm tube is cut to accept the pre-assembled F•X tube. The bore of the casting has to be prepared and machined to size to accept the new arm beam.
A new F•X tube already pre-assembled is then jigged and fixed to the rear bearing housing with all necessary shielding and new cabling.
(Details of the F•X arm beam are proprietary.
Patent restrictions means that much must remain confidential but construction of the beam takes longer than the rest of all of the makeover.)
The transformed arm beam is now fitted to the main pillar assembly.
Another check. The chosen cable is soldered.
The final performance check: Bearing friction, continuity, alignment.
Another FX-R is now ready.