The Life and Times of a Pair of Skylan Stands

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NoDisco

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The Life and Times of a Pair of Skylan Stands
« on: 24 Dec 2020, 08:35 pm »
I've had Omega SAMs for at least a few years now. Always kept them on cheap Target end tables. They always seemed to do the trick. But as an audiophile, one always believes they can do better in a never ending reach for audiophile nirvana. In my quest, I've had a number of cheap and relatively expensive amplifiers in my system, and I've found a really great integrated that isn't too expensive but sounds phenomenal. As such, I haven't spent too much on my system this year, and I thought a pair of stands were in order. I've heard good things about Skylans, and I figured at the worst, they would tidy my rig up. What follows is the typical audiophile tale of ups and downs whenever any new piece of gear is introduced into a system. Read on if you're interested.

I got the stands about 5 days after I ordered them. Noel was kind enough to talk me through a few things before we completed the sale. Assemblage was a bit more complex than I imagined. It was a bit art as much as science. Some parts are cautioned about not being overtightened, and there was a bit more of a tradeoff than the directions let on between stability, rice leakage and the stated directions. After pouring 30 lbs. of rice into the stands, I tightened everything, flipped them over, and carefully positioned my speakers on top. I then turned on my amp and the sound was blah. It was significantly worse than the target stands, believe it or not.

I thought it was my ears, so I listened for a few hours. I would hear new details and harmonies in some songs, but the tradeoffs in the mid-range were too great for me. I felt a bit disappointed, but I thought, you just have to optimize things a bit. In went several different pairs of interconnects. Subtle, but not significant changes were apparent; but I felt now like I was not only missing my mid-range signature, but some of the bass was gone. Noel warned of this as a possibility of overtightening the tension rods. I thought to myself: Which would be easier, re-tightening the rods or turning on stereo subs? So, I turned on the subs. A noticeable improvement, but I still had mid-range issues. I also noticed a bit of etchyness in the highs. Fooled around with various supertweeter settings and positions...no help.

I sat down this afternoon, and thought: What am I missing? Well, I thought: Perhaps it's the power cable? Sounds nuts, especially b/c with this amp, it seems to prefer skinny cords. Well, I took a cord off one of my monos that I had tried before with this amp. It had previously made the bass too prominent. Well I tried it. Plugged it directly into the wall. Subs off. I'm now sitting here with a stellar soundstage, liquid highs and all the bass I could need. I might turn on the subs later, but right now, the system sounds great. The match with the Omega SAMs is excellent, and well worth the investment.

Happy Holidays.

smargo

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Re: The Life and Times of a Pair of Skylan Stands
« Reply #1 on: 25 Dec 2020, 03:30 am »

I sat down this afternoon, and thought: What am I missing? Well, I thought: Perhaps it's the power cable? Sounds nuts, especially b/c with this amp, it seems to prefer skinny cords. Well, I took a cord off one of my monos that I had tried before with this amp. It had previously made the bass too prominent. Well I tried it. Plugged it directly into the wall. Subs off. I'm now sitting here with a stellar soundstage, liquid highs and all the bass I could need. I might turn on the subs later, but right now, the system sounds great. The match with the Omega SAMs is excellent, and well worth the investment.

Happy Holidays.
great - if you feel enthusiastic after a week or 2 with the thing that you did and with different music - then its more legitimate. I cant get excited about an action that someone does to improve their stereo system after 1 day anymore

Big Red Machine

Re: The Life and Times of a Pair of Skylan Stands
« Reply #2 on: 25 Dec 2020, 02:11 pm »


I sat down this afternoon, and thought: What am I missing? Well, I thought: Perhaps it's the power cable? Sounds nuts, especially b/c with this amp, it seems to prefer skinny cords. Well, I took a cord off one of my monos that I had tried before with this amp. It had previously made the bass too prominent. Well I tried it. Plugged it directly into the wall. Subs off. I'm now sitting here with a stellar soundstage, liquid highs and all the bass I could need. I might turn on the subs later, but right now, the system sounds great. The match with the Omega SAMs is excellent, and well worth the investment.

Happy Holidays.

Keep tweaking. It will come around to your liking!

NoDisco

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Re: The Life and Times of a Pair of Skylan Stands
« Reply #3 on: 3 Jan 2021, 07:51 pm »
Been a few days. Wanted to listen a bit more and try out higher powered amps. Imaging even more stunning now, bass is better too. The imaging cleaned up so well that I no longer had to toe in my speakers. I also was able to push them back by nearly 2 feet. The bonus was the image is now more centered between the speakers, which I’ve always had a bit of a problem with my room. Sounds better than headphones to me. I know I be lost some resolution in some places, mainly mid bass but it all sounds more like music. And WAF too bc of less clutter.



Wanted to post a pic but it posts upside down.









NoDisco

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Re: The Life and Times of a Pair of Skylan Stands
« Reply #4 on: 3 Jan 2021, 09:32 pm »


 
A non upside down pic for you.