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Monitor coupling or de-coupling?

scoox, modified 2 Years ago.

Monitor coupling or de-coupling?

Youngling Posts: 8 Join Date: 1/17/21 Recent Posts

I'm drawing plans for a studio that will be sitting on solid concrete and solid ground. My understanding is that, ideally, a speaker cabinet should be secured (i.e. coupled) to an infinite mass so that all the energy goes into moving the driver cones and producing sound while the cabinet doesn't move at all. My idea was to make a pair of solid concrete stands, but then I wonder, will my set-up benefit from high-mass speaker stands when the Iso-Pods are going to decouple the speaker from the supporting surface beneath?

costakis, modified 2 Years ago.

RE: Monitor coupling or de-coupling?

Padawan Posts: 76 Join Date: 2/13/19 Recent Posts

You don't need to do this. A descent stand for your monitor speakers is fine. If you place the stand to solid ground you will have no problems. Do you have a subwoofer? 

lukester, modified 2 Years ago.

RE: Monitor coupling or de-coupling?

Jedi Master Posts: 296 Join Date: 4/22/10 Recent Posts

The worst thing one can do, is to have one's speakers on a desk without decoupling.
Then the whole desk starts ringing with noise.
Depending on your stands and your floor, you might transmit energy into the floor.
If you don't put a lot of air gaps and wood on your floor, you will be fine.

My floors are a centuries old resonant mess of wood.
That's why I just made stands from bricks for my 1037s and it helps.
I couldn't find stands a meter high like I wanted, so the heavy brick route made sense.