Well.. I just wanted to provide an update on this, and obtain your thoughts ?
I recently acquired (at a great price) a Quadraspire Q4 Evo stand. In short, it has some good sound aspects and, some negatives (compared to my older, cheap, but sand/leadshot filled rack).
Positives : Very musical, rhythmic, and neutral in tonality. Music DVD's are very enjoyable.
The negatives : (And these are big ones to me) - the dynamics, and bass.
It's strange - compared to my 15 yr old rack (Goldring - 50/50 sand and lead filled rack - a no-name rack brand as far as I've researched), I've found the Quadraspire Q4 Evo to be very bass-shy, and lacking in dynamics. Case in point - playing a 5.1 Surround Blu Ray Disc on my Quadraspire I actually had to check my subwoofers to make sure they were working. They were ; I measured them with an SPL meter to confirm. During a movie soundtrack though, very bass and dynamic-shy ; obviously so in comparison to my old sand/lead filled rack.
Long story short - the Quadraspire Q4 Evo I've just bought is back on the market. I love music on this stand but, movie-watching is a very underwhelming experience as far as dynamics and bass are concerned.
Have any other owners of similar UK-style ('lighter-is-better') racks, found the above observations? Or, not..? I'd love to hear of others' thoughts.
After this experience I'm wondering if I should go to a Solid Steel, or Solid Tech stand - ie, one that is mass-loadable. I know when I mass-loaded my old rack the bass and sound improved substantially - more powerful/tighter bass, dynamics, etc.
In short, maybe this was just a purchase down the wrong path. Perhaps I should have gone with a mass-loadable rack ie, the American style mass-loading 'heavier-is-better' school of thought. I say this on the basis that my old rack (filled 50/50 with sand/lead shot) absolutely destroys this new Quadraspire in the areas of bass power and dynamics.
Sigh.. stands and racks. Such a difficult guessing game.
Any input would be appreciated!!