Aug 282010

I get a lot of good ideas from friends sharing tips about music and Hi-Fi with me, and this musical & audio sharing is what makes the ‘audio underground’ so fun and inspiring. Vintage Garrard 301 turntables and Sony Playstation SCPH-1001s come to mind as examples of past tips that provided a lot of enjoyment for myself and others.

I just got a new component isolation tip from Chris of Shirehampton that he has been experimenting with in his Hi-Fi rig (iMac, Havana USB DAC, LFD pre, Firstwatt F3 amp (modded), and Ocellia Calliope .21 Signature loudspeakers – nice Hi-Fi rig Chris!). It’s not quite a free tip, but close to it, so give it a try and report back – enjoy!

Hey Jeff,

I’ve been using Cork for isolation for quite a while myself. Keep meaning to write up my experiences on it! Looks like this:

Simple stuff really! I found some in local Homebrew shop this morning! Will keep using the ones from home-consumed wine in the mean time (under amp and CD. DID have me Avantgarde Duos standing on corks once!)

I lived on the edge of a Cork Forest in Spain once, so I have nostalgic attachment to cork. But it IS good stuff. And the Forests support the Pigs that become delicious Serrano ham, plus lots of wildlife.



Thanks for sharing the tip with us, Chris. Your mention of ‘delicious Serrano ham’ is making me hungry for breakfast. Time for coffee and a bit of breakfast! 🙂

 Posted by at 7:24 am

  One Response to “A Tip from Chris of Shirehampton”

  1. Jeff, Chris,

    I have my Leben CS600 and cd player sitting on a fairly ordinary media stand — veneered mdf, basically, and pretty resonant, so not ideal. I’d like to upgrade to a proper rack when funds allow, but for the moment I’ve found a marked improvement from using 12″ by 12″ by 1/4″ cork tiles under each component. The result is more resolution, better tone, and better timing and flow. In my situation, I’ve had better results with the tiles than with individual corks from bottles. (I conjecture that, because the density of the cork in the tiles varies widely and near randomly, they drain and disperse vibrations from the components and break up nasty mechanical feedback loops between components and furniture. Of course, I have no way of proving that, and others’ mileage will vary.) The tiles are available in packs of four from my local hardware store. For around ten dollars, they’re a cheap experiment.

    Jeff, did you say you trained in real analysis? I had to take classes to support my graduate studies. Measure theory was quite fun in parts, but the deeper realms of set theory did my head in!


    PS: Thanks for the steer toward the 6p3se tubes! And Jim McShane is a true gent.

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