Stand Isolation Accessories Guide
A Hi Fi equipment stand essential for isolating equipment from unwanted vibrations can be further improved by isolating each equipment shelf with isolation cones and which can still benefit from some additional isolation to further protect from unwanted vibrations and interferences Using isolation cone under equipment is an ideal way to prevent interference between products.
How they Work
Do not forget that your Hi Fi System components can be affected by mechanical vibrations from external and also internal influences, an equipment stand is a perfect way of providing the necessary support is the most inexpensive way of increasing the musicality and overall performance of your sound system, ensuring that any support isolates the equipment from internal and external influences.
Most Hi Fi Components are affected by mechanical vibrations this is not necessarily external influences but mainly from the equipment itself. Speakers for example need a good foundation from their own vibrations, so Speaker stands are the special ingredient to enable a speaker to work mechanically proficiently and produce a musical experience that you can enjoy.
The use of carpet or top-level spikes will help the speakers reduce these muddying effects by stabilizing the speaker and effectively coupling the speaker to a more solid floor. There are many products that can improve sound imagery and create a more open sounding system, Atacama Atabites for example are used to leaden the stand which also improves stability particularly on carpeted floors. Gel Pads, will ensure that a ridged connection is made between speaker and stand these are manufactured by Atacama who have researched and developed many isolation accessories over many years.
Isolation cones are a great way to isolate certain products from effecting or muddying sound quality particularly on vinyl turntables which by their very nature can be affected by extraneous vibrations although most turntables have extra damping and isolation devices it can never be enough to totally reduce this problem. Isolation cones placed under equipment will reduce these effects particularly under amplifiers with large transformers that are constantly pulsating 50 times every second. Most cones are made of solid brass or steel. Thus, they conducts mechanical energy with greater efficiency, far better than softer materials, such as the rubbery materials that most equipment feet are made of. When a cone is installed, it is placed directly against the chassis of each product. Doing this achieves an important goal which is easily overlooked: it has created a mechanical "short circuit" around the less efficient rubber feet that are normal will most products.