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|In the quest for sonic perfection manufactures are continually adding mass and damping material to component chassis in an attempt to better isolate critical circuits from vibrations. When dealing with electrical pulses as tenuous as those found in
DAC modules and preamplifiers, even the slightest mechanical instabilities will cause audible distortions. By taking measures to ensure that vibrations are kept away from signal carrying circuits, distortions can be held to inaudible levels. This same reasoning can be applied to the equipment support. A competent design will isolate your component from the reaches of destructive mechanical forces, thus completely eliminating the risk of vibrations from ever affecting your audio
When considering tube electronics, the need for proper isolation becomes much more critical. These circuits exhibit microphonic behavior amplifying the noise and sending it through your audio chain. These same principals hold true for loudspeakers. Panel resonance, if not properly damped, will be radiated with the music. This results in the hardening of upper frequencies and distortion of tonal accuracy. In the lower frequencies these resonance's impair transience, making base notes sound muddy and give the impression of a limited dynamic range. Vibrations also affect crossover components. Symptoms may include, blurring of spatial resolution, inability to resolve subtle nuances, and difficulty with the rendering of micro dynamics.
Finally, an equipment or loudspeaker stand should not call attention to itself, thanks to some obscure yet questionable design feature. It should look at home in any decor while exhibiting a subtle sense of ingenuity and practicality.