While it may seem natural to put your equipment on a shelf or a rack just for looks or practicality, it can have an impact on your sound. For some, it is just an added expense that isn’t completely necessary. Audiogon user, MrVordo, asked the Forum what they thought. Do they really make a big difference in your sound? Do only some components need stands and others not? Read below to find out what kind of opinions our other users responded with.
MrVordo: Does the kind of stand you use make a difference, especially with components other than turntables? I realize how much difference a good stand can make for a TT, but does it make much of a difference for your preamp, CD player, and other front end units? How about amp stands? I’m trying to decide if it’s worth upgrading my stand to something more robust, which means pending $$$. I currently use an old Target T5 stand, which is similar to the Solid Steel 3 series, and have just switched to a Sound Anchor stand for my amp. Since I switched amps at the same time, and the amp weights 200 lbs., I’m not going to AB it with my old stand. Would love to hear what experiences you have had with different stands.
Zd542: They do make a difference, but I wouldn’t buy one at the expense of other equipment. If you are still building your system, I would get a rack last.
Rockadanny: Star Sound Audio Points under my gear and subs, and Sistrum Platform SP-101s under my main speakers has made a significant improvement in my system’s sound: clarity, naturalness, and ease of flow of the music. Under my main speakers on my suspended hardwood floor I could see, but under my gear? I was/am astounded.
Roxy54: You have a very good system, well past the point where a good equipment stand would make an positive audible difference. I use the Adona Zero SR4 and love it. To me, it had the effect of making the speakers disappear more as sound sources, which probably has to do with the added stability lowering noise maybe. Who cares why; it looks great, has great access, and is super stable. I too used a Target T5 for about 15 years. No comparison. Core designs makes well engineered racks that are very attractive as well, but use a good bit of wood if that’s your preference. We all know some of these brands can reach very high prices, but these two brands are within reason. Another good thing about the Adona is the great and easy adjust-ability of the shelves. Reading what Rockadanny said above reminds me about Starsound. If it within your budget, I’m sure it is better than what I have. I have the SP-101 supports beneath my speakers, but if I could afford the equipment rack I would buy one. They are the real thing.
David12: I am sure they do, as long as you avoid glass shelves. I use a good quality, but not expensive wood stand and add decent footers, which can be a cheaper way to good isolation, but I am sure they make a difference. I would say TT> tube amp or pre amp> speakers, in that order of sensitivity to isolation.
Akg_ca: The British and American approach to audio stands is very different. The Brits favor a “lighter is better” approach to manage and channel away vibration and jitter. The US approach is a “heavier mass” isolation approach. Which is better? Impossible IMO to generalize; it depends on your particular gear. Anecdotally IMO it further depends on added sensitivities introduced as one moves up the $$ chain for that gear.
Agear: Stands can make a significant difference in my experience. My non-audiophile wife could hear the difference in blinded tests. It is readily discernible and obvious. The degree of change can vary based on equipment type and design elements and degree of system resolution. Start with your speakers and work backwards.
Schw06: The effect of proper vibration management and resonance energy transfer was a “slap you in the face” upgrade in my system. I can’t make a judgement for anyone else, but I have Agear to thank for helping me understand its importance. There is no going back for me.
Audioquest4life: I went from heavy duty glass shelves to Copulare wooden shelves and it made a tremendous difference in the playback of my source components and the amps. The sound improved tremendously. I also upgraded to a heavy mass Clearaudio MontBlanc turntable stand from a standard wall mount one, and again, it was an improvement in sound.
How do you store your equipment? What are your experiences with equipment stands? Are they worth the investment? Share your thoughts below.