Protecting wood floors from spikes
Posted by: Steve Shochet on 08 August 2000
I am bringing my system to my girlfriends apt, and she has nice hard-wood floors. She has made it clear that no spikes are to penetrate them.
Any experience here? I have heard some use glass furnature coasters. I also have to have something to go under the spikes of the stereo rack. How about coins? MDF/particle boards?
I had this problem a couple of years ago. I tried putting coins under the Credo's spikes, and not having spikes and both were not for me.
My solution was to purchase granite slabs from HNE systems (www.hne.co.uk - crap web site, call them for a brochure), and blu-tak them to the floor, and then have the Credo's spikes rest on the granite. This way I ended up with a very dynamic but full sound.
I also tried having the granite slabs themselves spiked onto coins on the floor, but the whole musical performance collapsed, and within 5 minutes I was back to blu-taking the slabs to the floor.
You may get the same effect with paving slabs, but I'm pretty sure your girlfriend will not approve.
I suppose it depends on your loudspeakers. I found that putting anything under my SBLs influenced the sound enormously. With my former selfmade speakers, there was no real difference. There I used small coins underneath the spikes.
I've not tried it but if your prepared to spend £100 odd quid you could put Nordost Pulsar Points underneath instead of the spikes. I seem to remember someone on the old forum trying this. The difference was not as beneficial as it can be underneath preamps etc, but it didn't harm the sound. Some dealers will allow you to try these for free - may even improve the sound.
Flat toes are small brass discs, with raised sides and an indent in the middle to accommodate the spike. They are cheap and much more effective than coins because the indent keeps the spike in position. I found that the coins under my equipment racks were much less stable.
Hope this helps.
It sat on the floor, and the spike rested upon it.
Andrew L. Weekes
You might also consider Tendercups, a small cone with a dimple at the end to receive a spike. If you need more info, check out "The Audiophile Store" at www.uhfmag.com.
I removed the spikes, which screw into the bottom of my Meadowlark Kestrels, and replaced them with carriage bolts. These look like large screws, but the head is smooth and rounded, thus creating a small contact area without damaging the floors. They are working great.
glad to see you've found a solution.
Just to add my ha'penorth to the above comments, I found coins under the spikes of my Isobariks hugely detrimental.
Strangely, though, coins between the top spikes and the speaker cabinets are extremely benificial.