Re: M40.1 improvement and room size require?
Far be it from me to dampen the enthusiam for the various proposed "room tuning options" or more accurately "stand tuning options" but I, as the mere speaker designer am struggling to run with this idea. As I've mentioned before, I am entirely unfussy about the stand material or construction and recall that during the development of the M40.1 I used at various times Ikea plant pot stands, metal tubular stands and a pile of Yellow Pages. I know that I'm only the designer of the speaker and my pragmatic views are not really worth much attention, but please ask yourself how all of this stand/room magic can be possible. The wavelenghth involved at low frequencies are feet (metres) long.... and would need thick or as yet iimpossibly absorptive materials in puck sizes.
I understand that such earnest discussion about stands are a bit of a giggle and I have no issue with injecting a bit of fun into our hobby, but to try and back-fit pseudo-secience really isn't right. Is it? I mean, where is the justification that somehow the bottom of the cabinet is actually moving when playing music? And why the bottom more than, say, the top? And can you feel the top moving? By how much? A millionth of an inch? Is that something to worry about when the bass cone may be moving half an inch?
Surely it is one thing to admire a stand as a beautiful piece of art or engineering fabrication but another to justify it by applying some sore of scientific reasoning.
Alan A. Shaw
Harbeth Audio UK