Originally Posted by sdv5
The proof simply isn't there
I don't own Mye stands... but I have measured the back and forth movement of my panels. I have also seen the intermodulation components introduced into the ribbon from the bass panel. Eliminating these certainly can not hurt.
As I mentioned earlier... Magnepan is not a tweak company, and I am thankful for that. For if they were, they would be much more costly then they are now. If you ever took one apart you would be infinitely familiar with that reality.
They are built to a price; and that means that some compromises are made, and can be addressed by the modders. You can close your mind to it or not. But I'll give you one to contemplate.
For decades, Magnepan did nothing to address the issue of diffraction induced by the large baffle housing their high frequency driver. This was a fairly common user tweak over the decades, especially to the higher end Tympani series that was distributed by Audio Research.
Now while Magnepan has not gone to extraordinary measures to address this, they have addressed it in a cost effective manor in current models. You think they did that because the tweak others were doing offered no improvement?
Like Mr. Merrill, I too had a physicist colleague back when I worked in audio. His name was Les Fields (you can google Lester M. Fields along with Bell Labs and Hughes Aircraft for some background). Les was a friend of D. Jonas Miller, back when M&K Sound was a startup out of the attic of Jonas Miller Sound in Beverly Hills back in the seventies and came on board after his retirement as chief audio engineer.
It was here where I learned that you can't see the big picture unless you sweat the details. While one or two may not bring you to audio nirvana, addressing as many as you can will make the difference between mediocrity and something special. Doppler and intermodulation distortions are very real things when it comes to sound waves, and Les had more patents in this area than I care to count. He wasn't one to "laugh" or easily dismiss a concept that might be foreign to his previous experience or education, but instead possessed an open mind to learn from experimentation and measurement, and even listening. The bottom line is that nothing was "off the table" due to preconceived notions.
While I am not the sort to purchase $500 power cords, I have heard the difference between cabling under some circumstances (a notion that is attributed to tweaks who think they hear something that is not really there). And I have made mods to various audio components that IMHO have demonstrated very noticeable results.
Yes, there is a lot of snake oil out there, and yes, there are mods out there that provide little improvement when measured by their costs. But any product "built at a price" can be improved to reduce the compromises that are made to build at that price. And considering any $1 in increased manufacturing cost will most likely result in a $5 to $10 increase in retail pricing, many products can be improved by the end user much more cost effectively then the manufacturer.
I have no problem if all you want to do is unbox it and listen to it. But if you don't think the majority of things built today can not be improved with a little knowledge and resourcefulness your just fooling yourself.