Originally Posted by Alwayswantmore
Worked with Pierre from Mapleshade Records
to select a few tweaks. Pierre was very helpful in explaining the benefits of his products. And as he pointed out, “if you don’t hear an improvement in SQ, simply return the product for a refund”. So nothing ventured, nothing gained. He gave me permission to share his comments.For the Wadia
Penultimate Triplepoint Footers (Set of 3 : $95 + shipping)
Heavyhat Vibe Killers (Set of 3 : $27 + shipping)For the Sub Woofer
Threaded Thick Carpet-Piercing Heavyfoot (Set of 3 : $105 + shipping)
3/8” : 16 threadMisc.
Ionoclast ($38.50 + shipping)
Micro-Smooth CD kit ($16.95 + shipping)
Extra Micro-Smooth Polishing Pads ($5.00 + shipping)My Notes
Place footers at outer edges of equip – 2 under heavy end (start here, then experiment)
Place weights opposite of feet – with heavy weight opposite the single foot (start here, then experiment)
Use clear packing tape to protect triplepoint from scratching CDP
Mcirosmooth once and forget it
Zap CDs every few plays in dry weather
Zap cables - but only when disconnected from electronics
Clean contacts: Ink eariser, Flitz metal polish – then very thin layer of SilClear (can go over ProGold – do junction box too)
Zap cables every 6 mo.
I'm not sure I want to try Silclear -- but I do plan to buy ProGold from RadioShack
I've spent (too) many hours over the last four days playing with my system. What I now hear in terms of detail and sense of space could only be compared with a good 2ch rig (thanks to K1000s natural crossfeed, it's hard for me to imagine that even a top-shelf pair of electrostats could produce a more lifelike soundstage). I'll get back to SQ shortly, but first here are the changes:
1. Moved Vandersteen crossover setting one level lower (now 10K). This is one of several changes that finally made the woofer 'disappear'.
2. With the exception of Micro-Smooth CD kit, I've implemented all Mapleshade tweaks listed above. I played with the tweaks in various combinations and setting for much of last Thursday and Friday. Finally late Friday I got to the point where things clicked. The next morning I removed all tweaks just to make sure they were helping, and yes I'm very pleased with my Mapleshade purchase. [For me, the addition of Mapleshade is subtle but real. I drew an analogy in my mind that It's not like moving into a new home, rather it's like putting a fresh coat of paint on the one you already have. Same house. But it 'feels' better. Most notable improvements have been bass integration (thanks in part to point 1 above), and sense of space or air.Space
The amazing part of my K1000 monster is its ability to create a sense of space or air. Where -- in terms of space -- balanced 650 fall a couple of notches short of my 2ch monitors (with same sub, crossover, amp), the K1000s are actually a couple steps ABOVE in both detail and space.
So what do I mean by space? Stand in a quiet room. Close your eyes and clap your hands once. Then just listen. Sure you'll hear the echo, reverberations, etc. But your brain will also provide a mental picture of the size / type of room you're in. All I can say is this monster amp with all its goodies (balanced outputs, zero feedback, operating in class A), coupled with Vandersteen's crossover and sub, makes for an incredible listening experience.