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In Reply to: RE: Sheesham / Indian Rosewood Platform posted by Duster on February 05, 2017 at 12:25:22
@Duster. Yes...yes...I am after greater tonal density/richer tonal bloom. I am using IKEA aptitlig bamboo now...too dry. I have not tried maple platforms which seem to be the wood of choice for most manufacturers. Per Janka scale...Indian rosewood is a lot harder. I am using maple as a benchmark. Seeking a wood that would yield greater tonal density and hopefully that would steer my system towards a more organic/analogue presentation. Thanks.
I agree; laminated bamboo can sound dry and threadbare, which is why I only use it for power supply, and power line distributor/conditioner applications. Anything else benefits more via a tonewood platform that is allowed to "sing freely" from the influence of an MDF rack shelf it is placed upon, and from the bottom of the metal enclosure of a component. The wooden board acts as a musical-sounding resonator that affects the presentation of an audio component/system. Vibration control can make a big impact on the sound of a system.
Hi Duster. Any initial impressions of the indian rosewood as platforms...:) Btw...I am thinking of something of similar hardness as speaker platforms. Your thoughts? Thanks.
I like the Sheesham / Indian Rosewood platform after adhering a set of 40mm x 10mm Carbon Fiber Discs with anti-skid pads under it. Prior to that, the stock rubber gripper pads made the effect sound dull, not lively. The sonic signature of the wood is on the warm side of neutral, which is a good thing for use with a solid state preamplifier, IME.
Hi Duster. Appreciate your update. I recall that you recently tried walnut tonewood as platforms too. If I may, how do they compare to the Sheesham? From the mids on down to bass, which has more density and heft? Thanks again.
If you are seeking a loudspeaker plinth, that's a different animal than a component platform. If you seek more density and heft from the use of a loudspeaker plinth, granite would likely be a better option than a wooden plinth.
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