In Reply to: Question on damping and/or suspension mods posted by LWR on February 10, 2004 at 19:57:13:
....a heavy cement (concrete?) block from Home Depot and the unit sitting on it with its own "feet". These blocks are $20-30 (or less). Nothing else even came close. We tried all kinds of "balls", bearings, sorbothane....etc.
Keep in mind that synergy is everything. I don't use any special treatments at home. It just sits on the rack. On the other hand, it is better on ballbearings at a friend's house. He has an ALL tube system and can afford less bass for more detail and extension.
In general, dampening materials used under Digital contribute to LESS bass and better focus. This being "addition by subtraction" (as with all types of "synergy"), leads to all kinds of "great miracles" as "better highs", "better focus", "tighter bass", "amazing detail", etc.
You can tell - I am not a big fan...:-) Get the HD concrete block and NO dampening materials. This is given the fact that I know how much you like bass...:-)
In conclusion, there is no recipe, you will have to find what is best for your setup.
20 odd years ago I can remember an audio buddy who had major footfall and feedback problems with his turntable.
4 heavy conrete pavers separated by spongy foam blocks (you know the green/red/blue stuff used for packing some equipment) Isolation was complete (and the improvement in his sound was truly amazing)
“In general, dampening materials used under Digital contribute to LESS bass and better focus. This being "addition by subtraction" (as with all types of "synergy"), leads to all kinds of "great miracles" as "better highs", "better focus", "tighter bass", "amazing detail", etc. “
given that the laser either sees a pit or doesn’t see a pit, how can this process be affected in a differential way by damping external to the player?
Other components inside the player are prone to various vibrations.Less vibration with mass or damping does help quite a bit.Try this-put a telephone book on your player and see if the sound changes .You should be pleasently suprised.
and can not detect any changes. Alex did an enormous amount of internal damping to the boards and DACs and other places. I'll need another person here to add weights while I sit in the sweet spot...
with bricks! It may be that at a certain brick count I get the best of both worlds. I moved it over close to my Pre-amp and ran 25 feet of video back to my TeeVee via the I-Scan Pro. You were right, no suffering on the video quality and a minor, so far, improvement on the sound. I need more listening time.
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