I would look at the Target HiFi HF470, currently $350 at Needledoctor. I
don't like the glass shelves. I do like the welded steel frame. You can try
different shelf material, but MDF is a fine place to start. Solid Steel
makes nice racks, but pricey.
There definitely is an effect on the sound of any TT imparted by what holds
it off the floor. In my experience, a low mass support is better. The floor
has an effect too, of course. If you can, position 'tables on an outside or
weight-baring wall. Try to avoid vibration from speakers, but more
challenging in a large building can be vibration from HVAC or other systems.
Thin metal stand material will dissipate vibration faster than high-mass
material and tends to have greater distribution of vibration modes, and thus
causes less coloration of the sound. Wood can work, too. But avoid anything
that creates an enclosed cavity.
Wall-mounted shelves can work well in the right building. Again, it's a
question of how much things shake. See if you can interest somebody in the
engineering dept to bring over a measurement device and check out your
Ideally, a turntable should float in mid air. But that hasn't been developed
yet, not even for audiophile money.
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[mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Daniel Roth
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Subject: [ARSCLIST] Turntable Stand recommendations
I'm caught in a product mis-information/vague representation issue involving
the purchase of the VPI turntable stand (product link here:
Apparently the stand is comprised of three separate pieces. However, no
vendor website makes that explicitly clear. The result: I ordered two stands
and have no top plates on which to set my Rondine 3 turntables, and no
tungsten balls with which to isolate said top plate. I'm now looking at
spending an additional $800 above the original $600 spent on the stand
bottom. Challenge: See if you can locate any wording in the above link that
states there are two (2) additional pieces to purchase if you want this item
Any recommendations on a functional turntable stand and a retailer who can
be clear about advertising what is needed to make a complete unit would be
Additionally, what amount should be invested in a turntable stand? It is
understood that the sky can be the limit, however, I'm seeking real-world
Thank you in advance for your consideration.
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