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Where to put amps + player

Hi All,

I just bought ARCAM A80 amps + ARCAM CD73 player.
The engineer suggested me to put it on floor (i stay at apartment)

however, my wife complained that it would be difficult for her to clean that area.

What is the best?

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Re: Where to put amps + player

Here is the best advice you will ever hear...listen to your wife! That gear is half hers and can quickly become ALL hers...along with your music collection.

Seriously, I suspect his advice was due to isolating the amps from vibration and allowing a shorter run of speaker cable to your speakers. This is all well and good, but often not completely practical or aesthetically acceptable to the half owner of your gear.

I wouldn't worry about that so much as I would ensure adequate ventilation for the amps and a rack or platform that can be reasonably coupled to your floor. Even if you don't have a dedicated rack, at least give them ventilation and try to isolate them from obvious vibration.

You will know pretty quick how much space between the components is required to avoid any noisey interaction between them. In most cases, this doesn't become an issue.

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Re: Where to put amps + player

hi,

does it mean that a stable rack will do the job?

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Hi,

We use this stands :

Or this, modulary stands, you can put the top ... below :

An other option for a good job :

Stainless steel for the frame, maple Italian oil finish for the shelf, 1 1/4 " thick, 3 spikes below each feet, the best way to elimnate vibrations.

Enjoy it

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thanx for the pictures. it helps.

what is the advantage to have such 3 pointer rack?
is it necessary and will improve a lot?

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3 points vs 4 , is a great improvement.

You can control vibration and eliminate few resonance. The goal is to drive vibrations on one point ...
If you use 4 points below a frame, that's impossible to do, vibrations come back at the original point.

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Quote:
hi,

does it mean that a stable rack will do the job?


Yes, that would do just fine. Especially if you are on a budget that might preclude you from considering the more expensive stuff.

Speaker stands, though, should be carefully considered if you are going to be using monitors.

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Try this if budget is a concern:

http://qsandd.com/

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Re: Where to put amps + player

With only two pieces of equipment, I'd say to go with a wall mounted shelf/stand and thereby avoid the floor effect completely.

The stands and many pieces of equipment have three points instead of four because three points are always co-planar while four are not.

With four points, you could end up with uneven contact, like a chair or table where one leg is always off the floor.

Equipment doesn't sound right with a matchbook wedged under one of the supports.

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On the rack our set up look like :

Old material (1990-1992) yes it is ... so, this is a major improvement, we are able to demonstrate the effect of our furniture even on modest equipment...

I let you magine with actual device ...

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If you can make out my avatar those are my modded Dynaco MkIV's hanging below the speakers.

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I agree with your wife that cleaning under the amp would be a problem. I had the same problem. What I did was to pick up the amp, or the stacked equipment one at a time, and my girlfriend would vacuum or dust under it while I held it.

If she is a reasonable person she'd agree to this, especially as it sort of makes her feel like shes part of the hole thing.

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Heh! Was that a Freudian slip? lol

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