Is better to absorb vibration, or is it better to transfer vibration away from the components?
One of the best audio racks out there do not use vibration absorbtion at all:
Of course, there are many designs that use vibration absorbtion, or a combination of vibration absorbtion and transfer sucessfully. So, I am not sure if one way is for sure better than the other.
My own experience showes that both could be used sucessfully. However, the key is to find which component is better served by one or both methods. These two method will change the SQ dramatically so one needs to find the right balance.
A good example is my PST since it is more sensitive than others in my system. I have experienced with PST using different types of cones, dampers, Duro70 rings, metal supports. I have settled on these for the last year
These are four metal supports with four duro70 discs on top. I like them much better than Orea, VooDoo, and some other supports. I use the same support for the power plug too (try it!).
But my tweaking nature got to me. From reading the Live-vibo article the vibration transfer may be the better way to go.
So, I replaced the duro70 rings with duro70 sheet to reduce the damping quantity, and I use three instead of four columns under PST. I replace the duro disc with sheet on power plug too:
The improvement on vividness, dynamic and detail is quite noticeable. It seems that I used a bit too much absorbing material in the past. Yes, I did try the metal supports without any duro70 at all, and I did not like the result. The SQ is a bit too jumpy and gets brighter. So, this is the best supports I found for my system, for now.
What do you use?