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Establishing a Foundation - The SKYLAN Speaker Stand.
|Today's high fidelity audio systems commonly employ
bookshelf satellite speakers and separate woofer/sub-woofer components. In spite of the
name, it is difficult to get optimal performance from a bookshelf speaker in a bookshelf!
When high compliance drivers get into full excursion, they want to move the cabinet back
and forth too. The effect of the cabinet being in symphony with the speaker is present,
albeit subdued, at lower listening levels. The result is a confused audio image, one that
is muddy, blurred and seems poorly defined in space. The subtle cues that provide your
ears with a pristine stereo image are damaged by these resonant events. The first solution
is to get these speakers out of their bookshelves and away from the walls.
The final solution is to place them on a solid foundation, one that is acoustically dead. The SKYLAN Speaker Stand provides a solid foundation for your speakers, one that will not resonate with the cabinet, but contribute to its acoustical deadness instead. Every feature of its design contributes to support for your speakers, support that goes beyond that of a mere speaker stand. It restores the magic to your sound.
SKYLAN stands bring your sound closer to perfection by providing a foundation that is designed for a speaker.
Important SKYLAN features:
Centre of Gravity
SKYLAN stands keep things in balance. The centre of gravity of most
cabinets is to the front of the centreline due to the weight of the drivers. We
pre-compensate for this by centring our columns toward the rear of the base plate.
Carpets are for comfort. They are soft, often spongy under our feet. The carpet usually rests on an underlay that further isolates us from the sub-floor. This is very good for your feet but NOT for your stands. The SKYLAN Stand, to be most effective, must couple with the sub-floor. Our stands ship with slim-shank pointed feet. They are designed to penetrate right through to the sub-floor. The actual contact area is minimal, (a combined 1/8" overall contact area avoids resonance effects).
The corners on all SKYLAN products are rounded. We insist on rounding the corners for several reasons.
The Threaded Centre Rod
SKYLAN's unique design employs a threaded rod that runs down the centre of the stand and mates with top and bottom plates. The rod serves more than the obvious purpose of holding the stand together. It has another purpose as a transmission line. This transmission line takes vibrations from the top plate down to the bottom plate. The mass load (usually sand) surrounds the rod and absorbs this energy, damping vibration down its length.
You can Mass-load SKYLAN speaker stands the same way you mass-load some
high-end speakers. By filling an internal cavity with a Mass-Loading Medium you dampen
vibrations on the cabinet's surface. It also adds weight to the stand improving coupling
to the supporting surface.
Skylan Manufacturing Ltd.