Rollerblocks - Unexplainable Impact?

Jozua_2019

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I have for the moment moved back to solid state. As a temporary system I hooked up a Quad 34 and a DIY Pass F5 with ancient Vd Hul "The First" interconnects.

I know the Quad 34 is musical but in my experience not the ultimate when it comes to resolution. The F5 I have always liked. It holds itself very well against my 100 watt valve amp - the F5 maybe just lacking in a bit of midrange body and extreme low end grunt compared to the valve amp.

Just for fun I placed the Quad 34 on Series 2 Rollerblocks - not expecting much as the pre has puny transformer and is most likely vibration free?

All I can say is "WOW" I am hearing detail not heard before. The sound value it offers compared to my main system is stupendous.  The valves still have the edge providing a much higher emotional engagement with the music but this is solid state hifi at it's best. 

The logic why the rollerblocks made such a difference defies me ?



 

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Symposium Rollerblocks minimise vibration.  Call it isolation.  These little fellas work in my system too.
 

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Sounds like an interesting upgrade. How about some pics. Show the item and where it needs to go or where you put it. Thanks for sharing
 

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I thought a squash ball, cut in half, would suffice at a lesser price

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Next, you should mount your listening chair on rollerblocks  and suspend the amplifier from a helium balloon and try that.
 

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I also spotted one gent who mentioned he has audio foam under a granite slab upon which is a sub-woofer

My floor is 32mm teak parquet on a concrete base, some 75 years old.  I would have thought this solid enough.  I did acquire (free of charge) a block of dressed granite and wonder if some foam would offer an improvement

The combo (sub and slab) is very heavy (over 60kg) so anything under gets squeezed quite a bit
 

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[member=746]chrisc[/member]    what red cups are those that you have placed the squash balls into ?
Like all sorts before.. Keen to try that

(Does the colour of the cup effect the sound quality  :sh1tstirrer:  LOL)
 

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That is dried bulls-blood in a synthetic aqueous solution

(Sorry, wrong post)

Jam jar lids.  I washed them first as they were a bit sticky.  You could raid your wife's Tupperware collection for something similar I suppose
 

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Thank you Sir
On a side note..
been thinking of a subwoofer isolation idea using tennis balls placed in a low profile box with a floating lid that each subwoofer rests on. 
Always some cheap way to tinker to find better results. Fun to play!
 

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I put 4 tennis balls under the granite slab.  The next day when I looked, one ball had collapsed.  Squash balls are more robust
 

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was there any audible difference using the squash balls? did the bass feel tighter ?
 

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It might have been.  I did the exercise 2+ years ago.  Maybe I should reverse it and listen more carefully
 
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