Vibration Isolating Amplifier Stands on Wheels

Ron Resnick

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Does anyone make an effective vibration isolating amplifier stand which has wheels or castors to enable one to move the amplifier easily around the floor?

Obviously rubber wheels result in a different isolation or de-coupling efficacy than spikes, but I am wondering if anyone has tried to maximize vibration isolation for amp stands with the efficacy-compromising limitation of wheels or castors?

(Obviously I could simply drop an amplifier stand on a simple black Target platform with wheels, but I was hoping for a more holistic and integrated solution with less compromise then that random two platform arrangement.)
 
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Yep! Herbies gliders under my Roguz stand and my Duos to good effect as I have carpet over floorboards.
 

ddk

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Does anyone make an effective vibration isolating amplifier stand which has wheels or castors to enable one to move the amplifier easily around the floor?

Obviously rubber wheels result in a different isolation or de-coupling efficacy than spikes, but I am wondering if anyone has tried to maximize vibration isolation for amp stands with the efficacy-compromising limitation of wheels or castors?

(Obviously I could simply drop an amplifier stand on a simple black Target platform with wheels, but I was hoping for a more holistic and integrated solution with less compromise then that random two platform arrangement.)
Why not get a dolly and put your amp stand on it, after all it should work on the dolly too if its effective to begin with.

david
 

PeterA

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Why not get a dolly and put your amp stand on it, after all it should work on the dolly too if its effective to begin with.

david
I would wonder if moving the dolly would shift the load too much on the air platform and potentially cause some damage to the bladders. He could deflate the platforms each time before moving. My Vibraplanes can be seriously damaged if moved even slightly while inflated.

I would think that slightly longer temporary speaker cables or simply puting the amps on vinyl sliders temporarily would solve the issue that I think Ron is trying to address, namely the flexibility to move the amps around while searching for the best speaker position in the room.

I think there is a length below which some speaker cable manufacturers recommend not using. Perhaps below 4' or so. I do not know, but Ron should probably ask about this before assuming he will have very short speaker cables requiring the amps to be right behind or next to the speakers.
 

ddk

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I would wonder if moving the dolly would shift the load too much on the air platform and potentially cause some damage to the bladders. He could deflate the platforms each time before moving. My Vibraplanes can be seriously damaged if moved even slightly while inflated.

I would think that slightly longer temporary speaker cables or simply puting the amps on vinyl sliders temporarily would solve the issue that I think Ron is trying to address, namely the flexibility to move the amps around while searching for the best speaker position in the room.

I think there is a length below which some speaker cable manufacturers recommend not using. Perhaps below 4' or so. I do not know, but Ron should probably ask about this before assuming he will have very short speaker cables requiring the amps to be right behind or next to the speakers.
Depends if he's looking for a permanent or temporary solution. There's no problem using 4-5m speaker wires while setting up. Personally I very much like mobile stands and use them wherever I can.

Af for damaging air bladders it depends on the design, not all are that fragile.

david
 

PeterA

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Depends if he's looking for a permanent or temporary solution. There's no problem using 4-5m speaker wires while setting up. Personally I very much like mobile stands and use them wherever I can.

Af for damaging air bladders it depends on the design, not all are that fragile.

david
Agreed. I'm guessing, but I think he is looking for something temporary only for the period in which he is experimenting with speaker position in the new room. Once that is determined and fixed, he will probably place the amps on the Stacore platforms with the correct length power cords and speaker cables.
 

Ron Resnick

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Thank you, gentlemen!

Yes, I am thinking of amplifier roll-ability for the first 6 to 12 months. But the fact is I always had the doubke-chassis, 120 pound VTL MB-750s on platforms with wheels, and it was really pretty convenient to be able to just roll them around.

I wrote to Paul of Adona racks and asked him about the reduction in vibration isolation efficacy resulting from replacing spikes into flat discs with rubber wheels.
 

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Ron,

Why not just use sturdy furniture moving pads/discs? We use them under our speakers, so it's easy to slide them in/and out of position, and I don't see why they wouldn't work as well with a rack on spiked feet.

cheers,
alex
 
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DonH50

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I would use furniture sliders (they make them for carpeted or hardwood floors) but that is more if you are not moving them "constantly". And sliders will not provide a point-contact to the floor, which may or may not be good.

Building a platform I would choose locking casters/wheels to to make sure the amp or whatever didn't walk off due to floor vibration (unless on concrete into the ground). Just make sure to unlock them before grabbing onto the amp to move it...

Wheels and spikes into coins/discs/whatever are sort of the opposite end of vibration control/isolation, from tightly coupled to the floor with spikes to loosely with wheels. Which is better I could not say in your situation but imagine they will be different.

FWIWFM - Don
 

Bruce B

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Funny you should ask this. I have a pair of Sound Anchor stands that I put my Pass Labs amps on. Like you, I didn't want to have to lift a 200lbs. amp every time I wanted to move it. I'm been trying to get rid of them. If you were local, you could just come by and pick them up ..... for FREE!
 

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bonzo75

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Funny you should ask this. I have a pair of Sound Anchor stands that I put my Pass Labs amps on. Like you, I didn't want to have to lift a 200lbs. amp every time I wanted to move it. I'm been trying to get rid of them. If you were local, you could just come by and pick them up ..... for FREE!
The amps or the stands
 
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Funny you should ask this. I have a pair of Sound Anchor stands that I put my Pass Labs amps on. Like you, I didn't want to have to lift a 200lbs. amp every time I wanted to move it. I'm been trying to get rid of them. If you were local, you could just come by and pick them up ..... for FREE!
Nice way of getting some help to lift the amplifiers. :) My back is still complaining as yesterday I had to move the ML3's from the wheeled platforms to the SRA stands ...
 
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If you decide on wheels instead of gliders why don't you just get a set of casters made to your specs. Get them to thread into the bottom of any isolation stand you have. Probably a bit of a compromise but only you can decide whether the compromise is worth the convienience.

Look at places like this;

https://casterconnection.com/


Does anyone make an effective vibration isolating amplifier stand which has wheels or castors to enable one to move the amplifier easily around the floor?

Obviously rubber wheels result in a different isolation or de-coupling efficacy than spikes, but I am wondering if anyone has tried to maximize vibration isolation for amp stands with the efficacy-compromising limitation of wheels or castors?

(Obviously I could simply drop an amplifier stand on a simple black Target platform with wheels, but I was hoping for a more holistic and integrated solution with less compromise then that random two platform arrangement.)
 

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Ron,

I sometimes have to see caravaners moving their caravans by remote control to 'park' them. It occured to me that amp stands could use this tech!
 

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