Anywhere you see bare metal, on the transport parts that don't move and on top of the transformer. I prefer Dynamat Extreme.
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after putting the damping where i did, things seemed a little more focused. although i didn't do real extensive listening, cause shortly after that i changed the op-amps from the 2604's to the dual 627's. now that did a lot. stretched things out, gave it better depth, and detail, but very smooth.
i'm not saying you're wrong but if the purpose of the damping is to reduce vibration, and you put so much you remove ever vibration in the player, woudlnt' that result in the most accurate playback? how can you overkill on removing vibration?
Kray, I'm sort of with you on this issue. I agree with Nrchy on room dampening but fail to see the analogy as it apply to components which usually benefit from non-resonance. If not so, perhaps someone could have/would have invented a tweek which introduced resonance, and, what the hell, made it tunable as well. :-)
Perhaps those who like resonance in their components have overly dampened rooms.............
I have been following this discussion regarding the use of damping in and around audio components. Please allow me to post my comments from an earlier thread that touche upon the same subject. The example discussed here involves a home theater system but the same principles hold true for an audio only system.
Question: Some people claim that adding damping to components to control vibration can sometimes make them sound less dynamic and somewhat lifeless. Why should this be so when damping reduces the problems of vibration and resonance?
Answer: I have also heard the same comments a number of times. Unfortunately, people mistakenly attribute these negative changes in performance solely to the addition of damping to a component. If we look at the entire evolution of an audio or video system we can gain a much more clear understanding of what is happening and why it is happening.
Lets say that John, who is an audio and video enthusiast, decides to put together a really nice home theater system. He reads a number of magazines, visits websites devoted to these topics and assembles a system composed of many highly rated components. John sits down to enjoy a well produced action movie but a few minutes into the first scene realizes that hes not hearing or seeing whats been described in the magazines by the reviewers. The highs are bright and harsh, the midrange is forward and the bass is bloated and ill defined. The video picture is also disappointing the images are not very sharp or detailed, it looks rather two dimensional and the color is only so-so. Whats going on? These are all really good and pretty expensive components!
John decides to try different interconnect and speaker cables to deal with the audio problems. After two or three weeks of trying a number of different brands he decides on Brand X between the converter and the surround processor (it had the smoothest highs) Brand Y between the processor and the amplifiers (it had the best midrange) and Brand Z to the subwoofer (it had much better bass). In addition, he spent a many hours trying different speaker positions. It also happened that the cable between the DVD player and the video projector John chose was from Brand X - it reduced many of the video problems he was seeing. He then had a technician come out and recalibrate the projector for this new cable. Now John is happier with the system, after all, he even switched the front amp for a different brand. But after a few weeks he is still noticing that the highs have sibilance during loud passages, are still kind of bright, and the midrange, although better than before, still honks a little and is not that distinct on complex dialog. Plus imaging is good but not great. The bass is better but hes had to try the subwoofer in nine or ten different positions and, of course, the one that sounded best was right in the middle of the walkway!
John is bummed but starts thinking about acoustical treatment for his room and decides that adding some of that will surely make the system sound great. He borrows a bunch of different devices from a number of dealers and spends all day and night Saturday and Sunday trying all of the devices in different combinations and positions. By 11:59 P.M. on Sunday night hes finally found the best compromise that takes care of many of the other audio problems - although some still remain.
All this work has left John exhausted but happy for a couple of months. He can now at least enjoy watching movies but increasingly is annoyed by the remaining audio and video problems. Over time hes also noticed some new problems he hadnt noticed before!
Well, now what? John does more reading. Hes read about vibration control before but now starts to think more seriously about it. He knows that Brand Bs products (high-mass and high-absorption damping devices) get great reviews and have won lots of awards so he decides to try them. He places a compliant decoupling platform on the shelf, a high-mass and high-absorption isolation platform on top of the compliant platform, the DVD player on top of the high-mass platform and a high-mass damping pod on top of the DVD player and the surround processor. Well just about all of the remaining audio and video problems are now gone the highs are very smooth, the midrange is clear and the bass is much tighter, the video picture is far better but somehow things sound constricted and lifeless. John likes the improvements but is not very sure that this is good thing overall.
What is really going on? As weve seen, John has taken a fairly convoluted road to reach the point of trying the damping products. Along the way he has made many choices of associated components, accessories and set-up to optimize the system. Optimize has mostly meant reducing obvious and subtle problems and enhancing certain other aspects of performance. Unfortunately, much of this effort has been an attempt to reduce the negative audio and video artifacts of vibration contamination. The choice of cables, acoustic treatment devices, speaker position, etc. have all been made to ameliorate the SYMPTOMS, not the CAUSE of the problem vibration! Once the cause of the problem is eliminated, the system shows itself for what it is a system where the highs and mids have been pushed down in level and dynamic range because of acoustical treatment devices and associated components, where imaging has been manipulated by speaker position and acoustic treatment to compensate for random out-of-phase elements, where subwoofer position has been chosen as a compromise, where video calibration and associated components have been selected to compensate for vibration induced jitter and other artifacts in the video bitstream, etc., etc., etc. It is no wonder that John was under-whelmed when he added the damping devices!!
Also at issue is the fact that the designers of the components in the system have voiced their designs with vibration (most probably) present in their reference systems. They have compensated for the problems introduced by vibration and resonance by changing parts and topology to minimize the symptoms (not the cause) of that problem. It is quite possible that effectively eliminating vibration and resonance with damping is letting you REALLY hear how the component has been designed.
It is often the case that the choice of set-up, associated components, ancillary accessories, acoustic treatment, etc. has to be significantly and fundamentally reevaluated when adding devices that eliminate basic problems in a system especially problems that are as pervasive and permeating as those brought about by unwanted vibration and resonance.
Disclaimer: I am a manufacturer of vibration control products.