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Isolation Platforms • Feet • Cones
Cones & Feet
The Missing link foot is quite radical in concept and is the result of many hundreds of hours or listening and experimentation. Internally they feature a carbon fibre and balsa wood sandwich which is then suspended on a high tensile strength synthetic rope which helps decouple/filter the supported item from the room and vice versa.
The original intention of using spikes on stands was to increase rigidity and coupling, so at first the idea of a product that goes against the grain seems alien, but once you’ve experienced the benefits we’re sure you’re world will be turned upside down the same way ours was. Sonically what they do is open the sound up, it becomes more effortless yet also improves dynamic contrast, bass tonality and bass solidity.
These feet can be used under speakers, speaker stands and equipment supports with great benefit, but be warned, many find them addictive and end up using them under every spike interface within the system.
They can be used safely under practically any weight of item (25kg per foot would be a very conservative rating) and they can be used on carpeted or bare wood floors.
ML2 is the second generation of Missing Link foot. Structurally the key improvement is the move from steel, which whilst strong is also resonant, to be replaced by plywood, which is introduces even less of its own character onto the sound.
The aim of the ML2 is to effectively suspend equipment and supports using materials that introduce the least sonic penalties. This is why there is no rubber, Sorbothane or plastics used in its construction. The tensioned synthetic rope is enormously strong and supports a ply and balsa sandwich inner section which evenly and quickly draws vibration out of the supported item, sonically reducing noise and giving a sense of ease and flow to the sound that a rigid coupling can never match.
What’s more the ML2 replaces the Little Link foot too, thanks to its clever invertible design. The ML2 is a dual purpose foot and shoe. It’s made from two pieces, both of which can be inverted, giving 4 possible arrangements.
The smaller inner piece that floats upon the tensioned cord is flat on one side (for use against the underside of a shelf or underneath the flat chassis of an item of equipment). When it is turned upside down it presents a small hole to act as a cone/spike shoe.
The lower section can be inverted too, you will note that the cord is offset, so one way up raises the inner piece, the other lowers it. This allows it to offer two different heights for the inner piece to sit at depending upon which way up it is. For spike shoe usage the lower position is ideal, for applications where the inner piece needs to sit proud (like under shelves and equipment) then inverting the base so that the inner position sits above the top of the lower section is to be used.
We do not recommend placing the ML2 under the existing feet of a product unless there is no other option, ideally it should be in direct contact with the chassis, and in a perfect world be located underneath the key vibration generating points. So on a piece of electronics one foot underneath the mains transformer is ideal, with two others just used to ensure stability. With single plinth turntables the ideal is to have one foot near the motor, one near the arm and one near the main bearing (again ensuring they are sufficiently positioned to ensure stability is not compromised).
Dimensions: Width 75mm, Depth 75mm, Height approx 42 to 47mm depending upon inversion.
The Michell Tenderfeet are beautifully made aluminium cones that are also very reasonably priced. Two sizes are available, both are 35mm diameter at their widest point, the small ones (pictured above left) are 12mm tall and Large (above right) approximately 36mm tall.
Michell Tenderfeet small: £15each
Michell Tenderfeet Large: £15 each
Michell Tenderfeet Large in black: £15 each
Michell Tender Cup
The Tender Cup is a version of the Tenderfoot but with the point recessed to take a spike or cone. As you’d expect from Michell these cups are superbly made from aluminium.
Michell Tender Cup: £15 each
Something Solid DS2 Dissipating Shelf
In keeping with the rest of the Something Solid range this shelf sounds very natural and musical. It uses end grain balsa wood mounted on an plywood base to give it strength, with the edge veneered in plywood. It’s sized to fit most hifi racks, the width is 46cm and the depth 36cm (the shelf thickness is approximately 27mm). This brings a massive improvement over shelves made from all the other materials we’ve tried, including glass, marble, Slate, MDF and so on.
Something Solid DS2 Dissipating Shelf: £125.
Something Solid DDS Dissipating Shelf
The Double Dissipating Shelf is the latest evolution of the Dissipating shelf concept. As the name suggests it is effectively a double version of the standard dissipating shelf, it uses two thin ply and balsa sandwiches which results in a shelf that is considerably lighter than the standard one yet still able to support heavy items. They are a little thicker than the standard shelf, at 34mm thick, but from the outside that is the only difference. Sonically they have all the hallmarks of lower mass, the sound is cleaner, faster and more natural and all round represents a large advancement over what was already what we felt was the best shelf on the market.
Something Solid DDS Double Dissipating Shelf: £250.00
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