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DIY is the lowest cost option by far, and depending on how handy you are, and how much effort you want to put into it you can come up with a very attractive and effective stand with minimal cost. I made some using butcher blocks from TJ Max ($20 each for the block). Depending on what kind of footer you put on it they'll cost less than $30 each, and probably no more assembly time than $100+ stands. You can use other material for the platform too, such as a simple MDF, granite, etc. I made another pair using flagstone from Home Depot (2" x 18" x 18"). Talk about cheap, but they are heavy, very effective, and IMHO pretty attractive.
I have 2" thick maple platforms from Timbernation. I was considering putting them on brass cones, but the interesting thing is that if I touch the platforms while music is playing, I can feel almost zero vibration. However, during music playback, I can feel vibration on the amps due to ambient sound pressure from the speakers.
So, I question the necessity of cones under the maple platforms, and rather have place them under the amps themselves. Of course, the cones still do nothing to prevent vibration due to ambient sound pressure. Perhaps the cones help drain the vibration? I have no idea.
Here is the cheapest amp stand you can buy. They look okay, as they are just plain old black amp stands. (They have very little isolation, except for their floor spikes and small rubber cushion buttons, that the shelf sits upon.)
I bought mine used from a friend for $75 for the pair.
He went on to buy some really nice looking Zoethecus cherry wood trimmed stands (used) for about $700 a pair, and then upgraded again to some great stands (Grand Prix Audio, I think) for about $3,500 a pair. His system sounds great, and he thinks the stands have helped a great deal, especially the Grand Prix Audio stands. (To be honest, I really have not heard the difference myself, but then again, I don't live with his system everyday, so I can't say for sure if they work or not.)
I use these same stands for my amps, and while I probably could (and maybe should) buy something better, it is just difficult for me to spend hundreds, if not thousands, of dollars on stands that sit 3 inches off the floor, and which amps, (with no moving parts), sit upon. (I'd rather put the money into better equipment or music myself.) My wife thinks they look just fine too.
Target Pro amp stands
Try placing Herbiesaudiolab.com "Tenderfoot," or "Iso-Cup" footers between amp, and one of the bases mentioned by Bdgregory, above.
Herbie's has a ninety day (!) home trial policy, so you can't go wrong.
The current version of Herbie's footers isolates/absorbs all those bad vibrations received from the environment, and from the component, itself.
Now Now, If you had done asearch you would have seen my post on isolation. All these sound smearing distortion making,make blacks turn less black and just put a veil over youyr speakers. Hears the trick you build a box like strucure with rebar put woodaround the ouside and inside but use 3 long corks to span the rebar at the bottom rear. The youyget some cement premixed is easier but you can add colored dye, I'm sure McMaster Carr has some.Pick a subdued color. The pour the colored cement into the mold.Now just wait till it dries.While youve got the mixture all set up build a box for the cover at least 2-3 inchesthick the boxshould be 5-6 inches place the amps on burled cocobola in a Cypress flamed wood box with blacksand you import from Hawaii.Put the amp inside on the burled cocobola atop the black sand. Then add as many layersof iso damp as it takes from the and the walls to fill the chamber. Now here is the tricky part put the power cord through the hole the cork or corks left remember to attach the ICs from the pre and the speaker cables from the amp. Thus the three holes. Now get a small tackle and pully, fork lift etc or six strong friends to place the cement cover on top which . At this point you will once again beable to say nomore of those wretched vibrations to worry about.
I'm sorry but it was an a feeble attempt to add levity to the discussion. Sorry but I don't drink or take any elicit drugs.
I have my amps on Ikea butcher block resting on cheap VTI amp stands with cone feet . The rest of my stuff is on Isol Pads.
Qutite honestly I think I hear accurately and don't hear vibratory resonance points.I do hear reflected sound wich would be easy to repair.
Tbg. You are absolutely right.
Acapella base, Neuance shelves and Halcyonics active isolation base should be in another tread, something with
" iso-base and shelves for filthy reach and crazy "
" I have 10G to spend on accessories - any ideas ? "
Please don't take it personal but prices of products you mentioned are ridicules at best.
This makes me a little jealous of your financial resources and your job. Congratulations on doing very well.... for your self.
Filthy rich. Who am I to explain its meaning ? - heard it ones or twice in the movies, that is all. I can't even give it a ***** stars recommendation since I have no experience in that department.
Now jokes aside......really. I am happy for you that you can have a luxury of trying those really, really expensive stuff and that is OK. Just tell me how do you justify its price, I mean really. I always try to find audio equipment and accessories that represent a good value and are equal or better then their counterparts from the top shelve. If I can make it, build it or tweak it my self why should I pay laughable amount of $$$$$ that some of those companies are asking. You know a lot of us will never have a chance to try or experience this stuff. Is that it ? I hope not. I have read some of your threads and answers and I am sure You know your stuff and know what you are talking about. You seem to be a very seasoned audiophile but this is one issue that I have a problem with. I am not trying to attack anybody here, it is not me but I just can't agree with You on this one. Don't take it personal, I respect You and your opinions.
Try 1" MDF with large brass spikes... or layered thinner stock. These work the best for a low cost DIY solution.
You can also look for a few 18" x 18" or 21" x 21" granite tiles and layer them with thin rubber in-between and add some spikes or footers.
If you are ever in the market for $150+++ let me know :) LOL