I love the BDR shelves. I own the Grand Prix Audio rack and I still get improvements w/ a shelf under my preamp, dac and transport.
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I use a BDR shelf under My Basis 2001 turntable and on top of a Solid Steel rack I also use the BDR cones between the shelf and the top of the rack. I like the combo it sure sounds better than the MDF shelf that came with the Solid Steel rack. I also use the BDR squares under the spikes on the bottom of the Solid Steel rack I do not want to poke a hole in My floor so I use the squares now . I once used quarter's but the spikes poked a hole through them in time. I guess I like them. Marc
I have BDR source shelves under all my gear (TT, sacd, pre, power). Without question they greatly improve the overall coherance of the music with also a greater level of detail, depth and dimension. When you use a shelf or source always use cones down under to create an air space. Below the component point your BDR cones facing up with the tip in contact with the component. When doing this everthing has a more relaxed and open sound.
Note the shelf is good for lighter compoents under 40 lbs.
I just got a BDR source shelf with one set of mk.III and one set of mk.IV cones. Going to be used under a CD player, Electrocompaniet EMC-1UP. After reading your post should the layering look like this? CD player- one set of cones with tips pointed up-the shelf-one set of cones with tips pointed down -equiptment rack.