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Hi-Fidelity Engineering

HiFi speaker stand design

We were asked to look at improving the acoustic design of Custom Design speaker stands for up-market Hi-Fi aficionados. As a result of vibration testing on the stands, we recommended replacing the top and bottom plates with laminated “dead-metal” versions. These reduced the vibration response of the stands by up to 40dB (a factor of x100). According to the review in Hi-Fi Choice:-

” .. switch to the acoustic steel plates and the sound is even better, with a deeper, quicker bass and a more open mid-band. There’s definitely a neutralising effect with the acoustic steel that zaps a lot of colouration, giving a far more neutral sound … Top value upgrade .. 5 stars.”