Racks and Ampstands
Square or rectangular shelves encourage standing waves distort the sound of your system. By using a curved design we avoid parallel lines thereby reducing standing waves as well as reducing mass.
We extended this principal to the Xreference shelf employing extensive listening tests using the tried and tested technique of tuning by ear in the same way as the finest musical instruments are developed.
The end result is the Xreference shelf with a cut out in the middle to also reduce mass as much as possible.
The X shelf is made from Laminated Bamboo and is coated in Nextel for sound deadening, and the edges employ a more acute edge than normal to lower weight and assist energy dissipation. Finally small Bronze spike locators hold the shelf in place, shaped conically to give a natural sound.
The Xreference uses a larger diameter column and a larger thread to lock the X shelves together to be very rigid whilst still remaining reasonably light. SVT shaping on the columns and internally where the columns clamp the X frame further reduce parallel lines to reduce standing waves and improve sound.
This results in a rack that makes equipment perform to a surprising level, offering a very low noise floor for greater definition of music and opening up the soundstage in all dimensions.