-System Isolation Comments-Name: Don B
Message: So I am new to this very high end equipment in audio. I am wondering about the high cost of isolation platforms and cables. I probably understand the cables for improved signals. But i would think I could put the isolation platforms and feet together myself by buying the components. Thoughts or guidance would be appreciated.
Webmaster's reply: You don't need to spend a fortune for decent cables and interconnects, though you certainly need something better than the gimpy interconnects that come with most components. Isolation/decoupling of individual components is also essential to bring out more of the best inherent potential of the components. With highly efficient isolation feet like Tenderfoot isolation feet, there's virtually never any real need for isolation platforms; no need to build up a totem pole or Dagwood sandwich to set a component on. A platform made of thick Baltic birch plywood or hard rock maple is easily accomplished, though; you still need the same isolation between platform and component as you would between shelf and component. Also, decoupling the platform/shelf interface with grungebuster Dots is always beneficial.
Message: Can you do international shipment?
Webmaster's reply: Yes.
Message: Hello Steve,
What product do you recommend to isolate my shelves my components are setting on? Shelves are wood and they are setting on wood blocks screwed in the wall studs. Component weight and shelves probably about 60 pounds.
Webmaster's reply: Regular grungebuster Dots between shelf and shelf supports are ideal.
Do you know which size binding post washer for Salk bi-wire speakers?
Webmaster's reply: Salk has dozens of speaker models; most use 1/4" posts, I believe. Not sure though. It's easy to measure the post diameter or spade gap. (Binding posts for bi-wire speakers are no different than the binding posts of non bi-wire speakers--there's just twice as many posts.)
Name: Barry Ruhonis
I started out with Way Excellent II for my Thorens TD 850.The next order was tender feet under Exposure integrated amp and small fat dots under Quad 22ls replacing spikes on sprung wood floor. Then little gliders under Target 3 shelf which supports amp and separate phono stage which got its own tenderfeet.I also got one stabilizer for amp. All your recommendations have great and each step was great improvement. My Thorens sits on Bright Star sandbox on top of Target rack. Do you think 3 MedicinBalls suspended in sandbox with shelf would be a noticeable improvement for turntable? All your ideas have been right on. Thanks.
Herbie's reply: Probably. Better to use MedicinBalls embedded in the sand and in direct contact with the bottom of the turntable, though, bypassing a shelf between the MedicinBalls and Thorens feet. If using a shelf, you would want to use Tenderfoot isolation feet between the shelf and bottom of the turntable.
Do digital streamers need dampeners? Since the reading is made by a NAS, should the dampeners go to that unit?
Webmaster's reply: Streamers and NAS both have potential for improvement with appropriate isolation and vibration damping.
Message: Folks, you have no idea what the binding post washer will do for you system. As they direct couple your speaker wire to the speakers in case if you have spades for more current flow and also dampen them for a tighter bass and as one reviewer said it will get rid of the little bit of dust in the whole spectrum. The dust is haze you have that you do not know of until it is gone. If you use banannas which are already direct but will dampen he posts. The best tweek ever. Get them, you will be glad you did.
Name: Ermanno Butteri
Message: Hello Steve, at first thank you for the caulk sample.
I Just received the package regarding my order and I write these lines for telling you the effects I noticed by your two damping instruments I never tried before: Binding post washers and HAL-O JR .
Washers increased control and tightness on bottom end, cleaning meanwhile another bit of dust all over the band. They really work well in damping electromechanical vibration coming back from speakers coils.
HAL-O JR , peraphs for coming at the end of damping treatment of my hifi set, have a little, but still audible effect on the sound, giving another pushing help on the way to musical pleasure.
If I don't go wrong I never saw on web site a damping instrument of yours thought up or suitable or at least adjustable for AC Chords. They ring and rattle under ac current flow, as I tested many times, trying to damp them with my limited stuffs, and so I ask you, if I can do it, because this field seems to be unexplored by you.
Best Regards from Italy.
Webmaster's Reply: Depending on the diameter of AC cords, Teflon HAL-O JR or Teflon HAL-O Mini Jr can be used to effectively reduce cord vibration. For very wide cords, Teflon HAL-O 7 is appropriate. We have several customers using damping instruments intermittently along the length of power cords, about every 6-10 inches.
Perhaps more importantly, to avoid inductance issues, you want to make sure you don't have significant lengths of cords and interconnects running parallel together in very close proximity to each other. Crossing at angles is okay, but not running parallel close together.
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