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Old 22nd December 2010
Gear Nut

speaker stands

hey all, was about to start building a set of monitor stands and was curious how to top them off. currently, my speakers rest atop 2" wide rips of cork flooring stacked 4 high in a log cabin configuration. my question is: is this a wise choice for decoupling? unfortunately, i am piss poor at translating acoustical data and was wondering if somebody might have some insight. if this is not a wise choice, any recommendations for very affordable (<$100) dyi decoupling solutions? thanks.
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Old 22nd December 2010
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The data sheets are nice, but they really don't help much in this application. So i am not sure what to tell you. It might? ;-)

Let's ask a few more basic questions.

What surface are the speaker stands 'on'. A slab floor, a wood floor over joists? .....

What is the assumption based upon that you need the speakers decoupled? Do you have a problem with mechanical coupling and conductive energy transmission (and retransmission!) through the supporting structure?

IOW, are you 'manufacturing a problem' and looking for a solution, or is there a actual demonstrative problem requiring a solution? If one needs decoupling, some Sorbothane placed under the speakers can do wonders,

As far as the flooring strips, if you have an appropriate accelerometer handy, it can be easily attached to the stand below the material interface and the effective mechanical differences measured.
Old 22nd December 2010

The cheapest way to do a test is to get a few old mouse pads (the neoprene ones from back when mice had balls).

Those are pretty effective decouplers and cheap. See if you hear a difference.


Old 23rd December 2010
Gear Nut

hey all, to answer one of your questions, the floor is 3\4 oak over sub floor. other than that, i really can`t answer any of the others! i guess i`ve always been led to believe that monitors will ALWAYS benefit from decoupling. maybe not always the case. perhaps ill just top my new stands with cork flooring and mouse pads for the hell of it....couldn`t hurt, right? thanks!
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