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SO what's up with isolation stands?

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Can someone explain to me what the purpose of putting your electronics on a special stand? I think the reason is to "isolate" it from vibrations. These stands or "bases" are sometimes super dense like marble, and sometimes just a chunk of wood that sells for a ridiculous price. So, are these to remove the vibrations? Basically, what is the claim for their existence?

 

Second question is then if they actually do anything. Is there any effect of putting your amp or dac on one? While I highly, highly doubt there could be any sort of audible difference, I guess it wouldn't be surprising if keeping electronics away from vibrations could help it live longer.

 

I kinda expect this to be like cables or power cords. People get a good system, but want to "upgrade" it and the companies and salesmen are willing to give them more things to buy, but that is just speculation and I would love to be "edumacated."

post #2 of 5

One word: Looks.

To be fair: It's the best way to keep your desk or rig organized. For turntables are a necessity but you can always buy cheap stands :-) The only stand I could invest a bit more might be for bookshelves speakers  


Edited by squallkiercosa - 12/18/13 at 4:42pm
post #3 of 5

It made sense with turntables that were subject to acoustic feedback. For electronics, it's pure unadulterated hoodoo.

post #4 of 5

Turntables, maybe for vacuum tube microphonics too. Not that it's really practical or needed, but would some kind of suspension mechanism be better or worse?

 

Mostly to rip people off.

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Originally Posted by bigshot View Post

It made sense with turntables that were subject to acoustic feedback. For electronics, it's pure unadulterated hoodoo.


 



Some audiophiles would have you believe that all of the components in your equipment has microphonics, and even breathing on them will destroy the sound quality. Sure, the dielectrics used in some capacitors can be piezoelectric and transform vibration into a voltage, but I find it very hard to believe that can possibly have any effect on what you hear.
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