Quadraspire bamboo vs Fraimlite

I used to have an old Q4 nd now have a Hutter with original Fraim cups and balls and non original Fraim spec glass isolation shelves, the rack itself is pretty easy to set up and maintain but adding the glass was a bit of a pain.   I can only comment on the difference between between Q4 and Hutter and IMO my music does sound better more together with the Hutter adding the glass was a relatively cheap experiment as I bought the three shelves used and to be fair I couldn't tell the difference but it does look nice and breaks up the industrial looking Hutter nicely.

I have experimented  this evening,  removing the bronze spikes just to check what difference they make now the system has settled down/warmed up a bit after being switched off. In short, the sound is livelier, cleaner and more detailed. Without them the music sounded flatter and more congested. I thought they were very expensive but they definitely improve the rack. It's surprising what a difference they make when only the top component (252 in my case) benefits. 

Having listened for a few hours today, I would say now that IMHO this rack is better than the Fraimlite. In particular, vocals are better defined with a sense of space around them. At the same time the music just seems to flow better. Finally, a slight edge/hardness I had before has gone. 

AI17 posted:

I have experimented  this evening,  removing the bronze spikes just to check what difference they make now the system has settled down/warmed up a bit after being switched off. In short, the sound is livelier, cleaner and more detailed. Without them the music sounded flatter and more congested. I thought they were very expensive but they definitely improve the rack. It's surprising what a difference they make when only the top component (252 in my case) benefits. 

 

Yes, I noticed a very worthwhile improvement with the bronze spikes when supporting my (then) 282 and SCDR. 

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