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I have never tried it with horns (no room) but using cinderblocks for speaker stands made a noticeable improvement. It is worth a try. It doesn't cost much.
Works GREAT on my small speakers. You need to mass load the TOP of the speaker. With classic Fulton FMI 80 bookhelves, ( an eight inch and two 2 and a quarters ) in my room, two months ago, I added 16 pound " patio pavers " incrementally, until I stopped hearing much of a difference. It took THREE added. ( 48 pounds per speaker ). Lovely !!
I would / could, NOT go back and listen to my FMI 80s at all, bare, AFTER doing that step-by-step incremental mass increase.
The VOTTs were the same, and I stopped around 290 pounds each. Wonderful and CHEAP.
Like hearing inner detail? Like lower distortion? Like understanding the diction, the words they are singing? Like less driver to driver intermodulation ? Then THIS easy, reversible, and CHEAP mod of mine needs to be TRIED !!!
Pictured above is my very earliest 2015 attempt at incremental mass loading, using my LP boxes ( I have 10,000 LPs, most in boxes for now ). On 12-20-2015, I ended up INCREMENTALLY stopping at 259 pounds, five boxes...sounded better than four !!
The use of " patio pavers " solution, I've came up with, to replace the LPs, I feel is most elegant as a solution. Cost versus performance....hard to beat.
Took 3 incrementally. There is no going back to stock, undamped now, after hearing it. Actually, I went to the ALTECS , hard to beat em, unless you own WWII Klangfilm, from what Dennis Fraker teaches me.
Not sure if it would work well with my speakers (Spendor BC-1's with thin-wall damped Baltic Birch cabinets). Of course it would not cost much to try.
Its not just the cabinet you are damping, but its the kinetic motion of the drivers. In all three speakers I tried, it was VERY positive. Buy six or maybe eight and LISTEN for yourself, in 16 pound increments. Report what you hear. Big hardware stores are open all-day Saturday.
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