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  1. No area rugs, and no loose tiles, per se. The actual mud (mortar) that was used to ahere the tile to the concrete is not 100% uniform. You can test this by rapping on the tile with a hard (plastic or wood) object-- different sounds are produced depending on where on the tile you knock. In addition, the tile is a "natural" or rough finish, which means that it is not perfectly flat. Imagining for a moment that the tile was perfectly flat, though, and had no mortar inconsistency, the concrete slab will still produce sonic interference. Sound waves actually travel through concrete very easily, and LF transients can not only produce unwanted vibrations in the structure of a house/building, but cause resonance in the speaker cabinet at certain frequencies (HF and LF).
  2. Compliant material decoupling is a funny thing. Even soft or squishy materials can tend to resonate under certain frequencies. In addition, the much softer materials like foam have less lateral stability compared with cork or blue-tack. If you wanted to totally isolate from the floor, sorbathane is your best bet-- just note that it will mute / over dampen the sound.
  3. I wanted to be careful not to over-dampen the sound, as I love the incredible detail of the horns. Using more cushion would promote less stability, so it's a trade-off. Indeed a PAIN to move, but that's ok, as I've dialed them in pretty well as it is.
  4. I just got done making some homemade coupling/decoupling pads for my new Klipsch RF-7ii's. As I have slightly uneven and hollow tile floors over concrete (which has caused sonic issues with all of my floorstanders in the past), this is an upgrade I have been very curious about trying. To start, I cut 1.5" thick granite plinths, then fitted natural cork feet and a thick layer of blue-tack to decouple the granite and from the floor. I then built new bases for the speakers out of 3/4" MDF, adding coupling spikes to all four corners. My goal was not to isolate the speakers from the floor, but to strike a balance between coupling and decoupling, reducing or eliminating unwanted reverberations from the floor, while providing enough cabinet stability to reduce extraneous cabinet movement. I tried to be as objective as possible (while still being completely lazy), so I did some before / during / after listening to a handful of tracks that I use for reference listening. No mics / spectrometers used, only my ears. Upon first impression: improved mid range definition and tightness in the bass. When listening with only one speaker stand done, I noticed that the imaging pulled toward that speaker (without calling attention to the speaker itself). To be sure, I adjusted the MLP to account for the increased height of the stands, and noticed no difference in the sound. Especially at loud (over reference) volumes, I have noticed that certain tracks that we're previously harsh in my (very lively) room are much more tolerable, even for extended listening periods. Overall, I am quite pleased with the results so far! Pictures attached for anyone interested.
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