You have bought yourself a pair of your dream bookshelf speakers and then plod them onto a pair of stands of the appropriate height without any other due considerations, and find that the sound was less than what you expect. Despite running in after the required hours they still don’t right. This can lead to another vicious cycle of changing the speakers, the amp, the CD player, etc. How many of us would take a second look at the stands? Probably not many.
The speaker stands is probably one of the most unappreciated item in a hifi setup. I would like to propose a probably outlandish idea to most audiophiles- that the speaker stand is more important than speaker it supports. This is an extreme thought but I feel that it is not that far from the truth.
Perhaps this truth would become clearer if some of the primary principles of speaker supports are discussed. The sole purpose of a speaker stand is to control the flow of vibrations away from the speaker. Holding the speaker at the optimum height is the commonly accepted mundane, purpose of the stand. Notice that the keyword is “control”.
In my own experience, I have found that attempting to suppress vibration by putting weights on top of the speaker, damping or clamping is a fruitless exercise. Vibration is like the other irrepressible force in nature – water. It seeks always to flow to the lowest point. Trying to stop vibration is like trying to stop a leak in a dam. Like water it will find another way to get through and often do it in a way we least expect and usually with dire consequences. I have found that suppressing vibrations in a speaker cabinet may apparently improve performance in such hifi parameters as tighter bass, better focusing, wider and deeper soundstage, etc. But without fail, I would notice that it has become less satisfying musically.
On the other hand , if the stand is ineffective in directing this flow of vibration away from the speaker it is supporting, the speaker can be overwhelm by the vibrations thrown up by the woofer. The speaker is left to cook in its own juice in a manner of speaking. This results in a boomy, muddy, incoherent and smeared sound.
A solid, well designed and executed speaker stand goes a long way in extracting every detail from your music. Our well damped stands play a pivotal role in creating the correct soundstage and enhancing musical seperation.Expect lower frequencies (bass) to sound deeper and more importantly far more accurate.
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- High mass Laser Cut Base plates with CG calculations for sturdy and stable support
- Use Heavy gauge Marine Grade Stainless Steel and specialized “ring free” castings for central columns that are fillable with shot/sand to effectively damp resonances and minimize the “ringing” effect
CNC turned, height adjustable Stainless Steel Spikes for uncompromised isolation (option of top or bottom adjustable)
- Neoprene isolation speaker pads create a non-slip surface and further damp vibrations
- A unique 3 layer sandwich construction in the top and bottom plates where a special damping material fitted between the steel top and bottom tiers of the plates serves to reduce resonance to an absolute minimum allowing the speakers to reach their maximum capabilities
- Use of alternative materials like aluminum for a Neutral warm sound signature