I've involved myself again in another non-glamorous, but important area that may contribute significantly to the sound quality of your system. Could yet another tweak supporting my equipment, another type of footer, if you will, really make a sonic difference? We used to think that cables were just wires that connected equipment. There may be some still on the fence, but many audiophiles consider cables an important component. I think they make a significant contribution to the quality of the sound and cable companies have proliferated like weeds.
Why the fascination with these tweaks? For a relatively small investment, you can upgrade your system and often make noticeable differences. Yet, at times, the purported benefits don’t match the hyperbole and the sound degrades rather than improving.
The genesis for this review began with a feedback problem I was having with my turntable. I contacted Vinh Vu of Ginkgo Audio about my problem. He suggested he come over and see what he could do to help. I knew from their website Ginko had experts in vibration and resonance control; they produced their well regarded Cloud shelf series for turntables to help alleviate resonance problems. While discussing his pending visit, Vu asked if I knew about his ARCH system of footers. I replied that I didn’t and he asked if I’d be interested in giving them a try. Why not?