I don't have the Raven 1(VPI SSM)but I do have experience with Maple versus other isolation. I've used a 2" Maple platform alone and in combination with a Gingko Cloud 11. Currently I'm using the Master platform from Critical Mass Systems. All work well but I've found that the most nuetral is the Critical Mass unit. The Maple alone was more lively but could be fatiguing in comparison to the Critical Mass. The Gingko smoothed things out and was also quite enjoyable but did add mild bass bloat in comparison to the Critical Mass. What your table sits on makes a difference but largely is also a matter of taste. Many people love the sound of Maple alone and I can't say that I blame them.
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