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I was wondering if anybody here ever tried the Something Solid dissipating feet (made of hardened balsa wood and graphite pucks). I currently use small sorbothane pads under my CD player but while it did improve depth and "blackness" of silences it also made the bass a bit "squishy", very noticeable for example with Rage Against The Machine played at high volume...
I'm listening more and more.
Funny how such a small accessory improves things.
The most incredible benefit is the stereo image. Lateral walls have disappeared. I hear sounds, reverbs, coming from the sides, way past the speakers, sometimes almost behind me (Serge Gainsbourg - Coco and co)
I am mightily impressed.
I was unaware my system was capable of such prowess. Honestly.
It's not all pink however: cold and sharp recordings sound colder and sharper than ever and they can be almost unbearable. But with good recordings, I am in heaven.
I wonder what a set of 3 would do under my preamp - I suspect the effect would be more subtle.
The Dissipating Feet (that's their official name) arrived today.
I could barely listen to a few tracks of the same disc (Bonga - "Angola") but i can already say the difference with the sorbothane pads (and with the stock feet) is jaw dropping.
They actually do exactly as advertised, bringing tonal purity along with solidity and very clean leading edges and transients.
The whole presentation is less grungy and very neutral.
Overall much, MUCH better than sorbothane, no contest!
I can't wait to listen to some bass heavy stuff tomorrow and check how bass frequencies now behave.
As you can see they're the opposite of bling, without flash you can barely see them
I have found equipment that responded that way in sonic terms benefit from hard cones like DH audio or brass based units. Start with 3 in a triangular configuration.
You might consider Herbie's.
While Sorbothane is an excellent shock absorber, the term "squishy" is the effect of stored energy that has not been sufficiently dissipated by the compliant material. The Something Solid design you pointed at involves no compliant material other than the compliance of the hardened balsa wood fibers, which may or may not have an identifiable sonic signature of its own, while the designer also implements a tripod of carbon fiber discs, which is questionable vs. a single large diameter and thickness carbon fiber disc as a better vibration wave blocker and resonant energy dissipator, since three small carbon fiber discs affixed to a balsa wood energy absorber does not seem to be an efficient energy dissipation method, IMO. However, I have no experience of the device nor any knowledge of the designer's objective, perhaps in terms of tuning the footer for audiophile purposes. just my 2 cents
I like how sorbothane sounds at low volume - it seems to add some depth and make the bass slightly more prominent, like a subtle loudness control.
However, loud (and I mean LOUD) replay volumes reveal a sluggish bass that seems to arrive a bit too Late.
I suspect airborne vibrations affect the performance of the sorbothane.
I ordered a set of 3 Something'Solid feet and will report later.
I couldn't find so much info on them, but the few comments I could find seem to be extremely positive.
They are to be put under my Revox B226 player whose stock feet are the worse I've ever encountered.
I am not aware of that specific product, but balsa wood combined with "solid" supports should be very effective. Because the balsa wood will not store energy very efficiently. I use some industrial packing material, made to support very heavy yet fragile objects during shipping. Thus it's quite hard and solid yet amazing light in weight and thus unable to store energy, like styrofoam only much less susceptible to compression. It seems to work very very well under heavy components, like my turntables with slate plinths and preamplifiers or CDPs with added mass on the top cover. For one example, my preamp was incurably microphonic until I put some of this stuff underneath (and I did a few other things to the chassis itself).
For rubber check out EAR Isodamp C-1002. I myself am a big fan of the stuff. Thicker is better. Michael Percy has it. I do the brass, wood , EAR paradigm. T456
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