Funk Firm's Arthur Khoubesserian started designing turntables in 1979. 33 and 1/3 years later, the new LSD 'table trips onto the analog stage. For just under two grand, the new "Little Super Deck" uses Funk Firm's patented Vector Drive, a three-point drive system that uses one DC motor and two slave pulleys to provide unsurpassed stability. The new F5 arm allows for simple setup with an innovative calibrated sliding weight on the arm beam—the perfect support for any cartridge (please click the "Downloads" tab above for more information). The glass platter comes with a felt mat, but you can upgrade to a Funk Achromat to suit your ears. We spent a few late nights listening into the early morning with the LSD, and all felt the rhythmic drive and tremendous control of this masterfully built, gorgeous design.
"Putting the Funk Firm LSD through its paces proves that this table is a steal for $2,000. I could not find fault with the LSD, no matter what kind of music I listened to. Those stepping up from anything in the $500-to-$1,000 range will be shocked at how much music is lurking in their record collection. And because of this, we are happy to award it one of our Exceptional Value Awards for 2013!"
– Jeff Dorgay, Tone Audio
LSD's platter may be industry standard but it rotates on top of a quality, hand burnished bearing. In turn this is driven by a superb motor and control, stabilized by a unique three-pulley vector drive, which has delivered great results. The new F5 tonearm may be budget priced, but careful choice of materials and constructions have resulted in a design with its resonances very well behaved. A clever variable mass tracking weight system helps optimize the arm for different cartridges which themselves really do have different preferences for arm characteristics and a nifty headshell that makes fitting cartridges and adjusting the important parameters of overhang and azimuth easy using just a single screw.
"I have taken quite a liking to the Little Super Deck. The focus is always on the musical content of the grooves. Throughout my listening I felt involved with the music, rather than just listening to it, which is surely the whole point of the exercise."
– Tony Bolton, HiFi World