By Vanessa Gil, AG Lifter
Following our attendance at many audio demonstrations and shows, I noticed often the presenter will go into great detail explaining each audio component, through to what cartridge and tone arm is being demonstrated and power electronic brands, server/streamer failing to mention the Audio Rack it is placed on. Why is that? You only need to look at the very high-end set-ups to see they are using some sort of Audio Resonance Rack – is it just for looks or could there be a reason like sonically it makes a difference?
If you knock/tap on different surfaces such as wood, glass, steel, or acrylic, they all sound different, wouldn’t you agree? This is only the half of it, layers of different materials are needed to address the resonance issue to provide a perfect result for that particular design. Imagine if you could enhance, upgrade and really hear your audio components at their best. I can understand its maybe easier to get more excited about some sexy speakers, but does one component really make a system? Or is it accumulative of a combination of components that have synergy and work together?
Whether streaming, cd, or vinyl is your preference, I am sure you will agree that our end goals are all the same. We all want to create the best musical performance we can in our listening environment.
Could I ask you to consider this, if a rack is made from timber – how consistent can it be, when every tree is different, and made up of different knots and grains? Timber is hydroscopic – so what happens when the seasons change and your listening environment is damper or more humid, and further to that what happens when it dries out?
So, if you want to really hear your audio components, or you’re chasing some of the classic audio problems in your system such as dullness/harshness, lacking scale, soundstage or trying to solve the mystery of your system changing sonically overtime, perhaps the solution is under your audio components – your rack!
Recent sales experience has revealed that Audiophiles would choose an electronic component purchase over an accessory purchase. In retrospect I have witnessed greater performance upgrades replacing cables, isolation racks and room placement. Why do we think an electronic purchase will lead to greater gains than an accessory purchase?
As an avid Audiophile I suffered from the same dilemma, I would purchase new audio components regularly chasing the almighty ‘last upgrade’. The last upgrade never happened and I would study combinations and the next upgrade. The funny thing is my system would regularly seem to require tweaking and audio component purchases would soon follow.
My recommendation is look at the fundamentals of your audio system. Begin with your choice of audio dealer, are you receiving good advice? Next is your combination of audio equipment – do the brands complement each other? Your audio dealer should be able to help and advise you with this. Another area to investigate is -room layout, we find that moving your rack to the side and keeping the area in between and at the rear of your speaker’s free, produces the best results. Accessories are another area to explore- there are gains in everything and at a lower price than replacing amplifiers etc. Let’s talk more about accessories and the title of this blog ‘how can I upgrade my whole audio system with one purchase’. Audio isolation should not be considered an accessory but it is! When you think about it, all your audio equipment resides on your rack, what if you could upgrade every component at the same time with one purchase? By utilising a well designed isolation rack, you can achieve this and experience a huge upgrade. This will also provide a foundation for measuring any future changes to your system. The AG Lifter range of racks are a purchase forever and require no maintenance after installation. The open architecture of the AG Lifter rack is designed to connect visually in your listening space providing an aesthetically pleasing statement piece
An often-repeated question from audiophiles is my system sounds harsh or bright, I don’t like this it ruins my listening experience. Well, components or combinations of audio equipment can inherently sound this way in your room, however quality mechanical Isolation systems can go a long way to help with this removing the harder or harsher edges from your musical notes. Careful system placements and cable choices can do big things. Yes, accessories do make a substantial difference!
It is a general misconception that harmful vibrations only enter your audio equipment externally from your room. Most harmonics are produced internally by your audio equipment. Factors such as transformers, power supplies and electronic components resonating to the frequency of the music signal enter components on your rack. Audio components are micro phonic picking up these frequencies and simply repeating them causing a reverberation, this is heard through your speakers as a ghosting after the last played note has been played, and in other words it is not clear.
To really hear your audio equipment, resonance control needs to be introduced to your audio system. It does matter what you place your equipment on!
How does AG Lifter Isolation Technology differ from the rest?
Welcome to a revolutionary way to manage harmonics and retain transient speed, wide dynamic range, and dynamics.
The AG Lifter design drains the harmonics from the audio equipment, dampens, then transfers into the live frame dispersing the resonance in “real time” through the AG Lifter proprietary alloy extrusion and pillar profile. These steps are repeated through coupling and decoupling between layers, and finally isolated from your floor with the legendary AG Lifter Dulcet 20 Isolation Foot. The Isolation foot does not require any spiking – so it is floor friendly.
What do you think? Have you really heard your audio components?