The performance of your hi-fi or home cinema system is influenced most by your choice of major components, however, other seemingly less important items also play a vital role in the process. The cables, the stands and the supports under your system can all dramatically affect – and improve – the system’s performance. Spending relatively small amounts of money here can produce large improvements in quality. We aim to give you the best advice on finding the balance between what is truly worthwhile and running up huge bills on accessories you don’t need.
Stands and tables contribute significantly to the way loudspeakers and system components perform. Loudspeaker stands not only place your loudspeakers at the correct height they also improve detail, dynamics and bass performance.
Equipment stands enhance the performance of Blu-ray/CD players, turntables and electronics by dealing with spurious air and structure-borne vibrations. There’s a vast range available in different designs, different materials and different colours, so there’s no excuse for not giving your system the support it deserves. What’s more, some now include cable management systems that keep that rat’s nest of wires tidy and hidden from view.
We are particularly keen on the stands now available for plasma and LCD screens. These enhance the viewing experience by placing the set at the ideal height and can, we believe, make them look almost as attractive as when they’re wall mounted. Many of them will also hold the associated electronics and some can hide these completely, together with the cables.