Maple Bedrock 1 (natural maple)
Our Maple Bedrock 1s consist of a pair of 2" thick maple bases, each directly coupled to the floor by three massive brass footers pre-assembled to each base.
Two machined brass corner posts are mounted at the rear of each base to support the rear, bottom edge of the speakers by means of sharp point
contact to provide clean, efficient draining of vibration. A 2" Triplepoint footer supports the speakers' front, drains vibration and adjusts tiltback.
The width across the back of each maple base is 11", depth is 13".
• Our Maple Bedrock 1 is recommended for speakers up to 11" wide and 10" deep
• The 2" thick Maple Bedrock is our least expensive stand and an exceptional upgrade for any small speaker. We think the modest difference in price to upgrade to our 4" thick Bedrock Ultras is a worthwhile investment, especially on concrete floors. The Maple Gibraltar is our very best sounding floor-mounting stand for small speakers.
• We custom-mount the speaker rear support posts for all time-correcting stands to ensure optimal performance for the specific speaker being used. Please be sure to include your speaker cabinet dimensions in the space provided above when ordering.
• When specifying speaker dimensions, be sure to provided the width of the rear, bottom edge of the speaker cabinet. Please also make us aware of any tapering, bevels or other distinctive design elements of the cabinet shape that might affect the placement or functionality of the Bedrock rear speaker support posts.
• For best performance on uncarpeted floors, choose our standard footer option.
• To avoid leaving dings on expensive hardwood floors, use our radiused footer options.
• On carpet, it is essential for the points of the Bedrock's footers to penetrate the rug and contact the solid floor underneath.
• For high pile carpet with padding (more than 1/2" deep), you need thick carpet footers to penetrate to the floor.
• For thin commercial wall-to-wall carpet (less than 1/2"), thin carpet footers will sound slightly better than the thick carpet version.
On The Floor Mounting Concept
Only low, on-the-floor mounting can make smallish speakers sound so huge, warm and transparent. Optimized tiltback positioning, combined with super-solid maple base and heavy vibrationdraining brass feet, yields amazing transients and details. Percussion and piano attacks gain startling potency. Ditto for bass power and articulation—enough to cross those subwoofers off
your wish list. Surprisingly, the soundstage image floats well above the floor. Here's the physics:
• The highly rigid maple/brass mounting drains sound-muddying vibrations out of the cabinet into the floor far more effectively and cleanly than any tall stand. The improvement in warmth and midrange detail over hollow metal stands is striking.
• Mounting the woofer close to the floor eliminates the sound-thinning mid and upper bass suckout caused by high-mounted woofers (the famous Allison effect). It also provides a 3 db acoustic boundary reinforcement from the lowest bass upwards.
• The direct, rigid coupling to the floor lets the speaker drive the floor at bottom octave frequencies,
thereby greatly increasing the bass radiating area.
• Lastly, the adjustable tiltback allows you to time align perfectly the leading edge attacks of the tweeter and woofer, by ear. The higher the tiltback, the higher the image floats off the floor.
We recommend all potential Bedrock and Gibraltar customers try a simple experiment to hear the benefits of low mounting: listen to one of your favorite tracks with the speakers sitting on the floor in front of their current stands, tilted back with a wood or metal block under the front with the tweeter aimed slightly above your ear. If your floor is carpeted, lay down a heavy plank or cutting board first. Then put the speakers back on their stands and listen to the same track again. This preview lets you hear about half of the bass improvement you'll get from Bedrocks, but none of the treble and midrange improvements.
Addressing Bad Sounding Floors
If your floor structure is concrete slab, tile, stone or modern plywood/"engineered" wood construction, then we strongly recommend the 4" Bedrock Ultras or, even better, the Gibraltars. If you wish to extract the absolute maximum performance out of your speakers, then adding a pair of Maple Speaker Plinths under the Bedrocks as a second layer of isolation from the sound-ruining effects of the concrete is a further, clearly audible sonic improvement.
Installation and Setup Tips
1. Set each Bedrock in place and, if on carpet, step on the platform to make sure the footers penetrate the carpet and contact the floor below. Without solid contact, sound will be severely degraded. Make sure the brass footers are tightened only slightly more than finger tight. DO NOT TIGHTEN HARD.
Room placement for Bedrocks is not, in principle, different than for any conventional stand. We recommend:
• If possible, an ear-to-speaker distance of 5', with 7' between speakers (and then keep on increasing the 7' until the center image falls apart)
• If possible, sit with the listening chair/sofa up against the center of the room's long wall with speakers directly to the front of the listening position using the 5'/7' geometry
• If the wall listening position is impractical, then place the speakers at least 15" away from the wall behind them (increasing this 6" at a time until you find the best sounding wall distance) while preserving the 5'/7' geometry, if possible.
2. Place the speakers firmly on the rear corner posts and put the Triplepoint footer under the front bottom of the speaker. Move the Triplepoint back to raise the tilt of the speaker. For speakers with the tweeter above the midrange, start with the tweeter axis pointed just below your ear height. Make sure that all three points on the top of the Triplepoint are firmly in contact with the speaker bottom and that the rear corner posts are firmly gripping the speaker.
3. To adjust tiltback for optimum time alignment, use one minute of a really well recorded acoustic guitar or upright bass solo (suggestions: Mapleshade #10452 Flamenco or #09832 Spirit and Samba) as a test track. Listen, then increase tiltback slightly from the initial tweeter axis pointing just below your ear and listen again. If the "pluck" of the guitar or bass gets cleaner and crisper, increase tiltback again and listen. Keep on doing this until the "pluck" starts getting slightly muddier, then just go back one step.
• For speakers with the tweeter below the midrange, start with the tweeter axis pointing slightly above your ear and then listen to increments of decreasing tiltback.
• When you reach the best-sounding tiltback-that is, the optimum time alignment-it will sound like the guitarist or bassist just removed cotton gloves from their fingers.
• As you increase tiltback, you will also note that the image floats higher and higher above the floor.
4. Start with speaker toe-in nearly parallel, then increase toe-in 10° to 15° at a time, listening always to the same one-minute test track. Toe-in works like a tone control: parallel speakers give more spaciousness and less presence; speakers strongly toed-in to point straight at your ear give less spaciousness but yield maximum presence. It also pays to try even more toe-in with speaker tweeter axes converging in front of your nose; this usually gives the widest sweet spot for multiple listeners.
5. For perfectionists, it is worth running through the cycle of the above adjustments-distance from wall, toe-in, and tiltback-twice because each adjustment slightly affects the optimum for the next adjustment.
||Deep Tight Bass from a Bookshelf Speaker
|In 25 years, my stereo had never really captured me: Celestion SL-600 monitors, supported by a Linn Sondek turntable with Linn LK1/LK280 amps. The speakers sat on typical steel stands filled with bbs and sand layers. The sound was great, but I rarely listened to more than a few songs.
Something had to be done and the Mapleshade catalog haunted me. The crazy talk of setting the speakers near the floor, tilted on maple stands with bronze footings and sitting on the floor to listen seemed silly. Still, there was the return guarantee…. I ordered the basic 2 inch trapezoids.
OMG. The bass just leapt out the Celestions. I heard music that didnt exist before. My son now listens for hours and purchased a beginner audiophile system Dayens Ampino with two Tizos having very small speakers. My system is only better when he gives me back the stands. I should have splurged and purchased the 4 inch versions.
Like other many audiophiles I have a few recordings that I know well, or thought I did. Music that is barely musical odd beat, odd instruments, but recorded carefully. To put differently, I didnt know Peter Gabriels Four - Securitys Side 1 Rhythm of the Heat, San Jacinto, I Have the Touch, and The Family and the Fishing Net until the bass was revealed and tightened. Mapleshade made it happen. For a couple of hundred dollars I doubled the value of my system.
You will be nervous when first buy Mapleshade, then the trust will develop. I just completed my fourth purchase.|
|- Dennis Ashendorf, CA|
||Turn good sound into GREAT!
|Simply put......the speaker stands increase detail by 20 - 25% and also excellent imagery!! Before I purchased these, I wasnt sure that they could actually deliver everything you read about them. Ive had them for about 2 months and am very happy!! If you have any hesitation to buying these, this product offers a 30 day return. I guarantee you wont be returning them.|
|- Michael Sanchez, CA|
|These stands transformed the sound of a great set of monitors and brought them to a new level of transparency and clarity. I had used many of Pierres suggestions and they all work wonders, so I expected a lot from the Bedrocks, but I was unprepared for the dramatic and stunning change I heard immediately, and I continue to marvel at how good my speakers sound. They were $2300/pr. but now sound like at least twice that price. A highly recommended upgrade from a lifelong audiophile!|
|- Greg, NY|
||My Bedrock 1 stands
|I am SO pleased with these stands. First of all, the craftsmanship executed on these things is incredible. When I received them I opened the box and right away I could tell these were made with great precision and attention to detail. The brass fittings were perfectly positioned and beautifully mounted to the maple plinths, also the finish on them was perfect. It didnt take long for the initial setup, and while I did wind up experimenting with the positioning later, my first impression was WOW. These guys are really onto something here with this design! My midrange has opened up substantially, and the treble is perfect throughout the listening area. My Bowers and Wilkins CM5s have never sounded so full and sparkling. Forgive me, I have difficulty describing sound exactly as I perceive it, but Im hearing a massive improvement. Ive not been happier with a purchase in recent memory. Ive had them for almost a week now, and Im really happy with my experience.|
|- Dan Lawrence, VA|
||An absolutely incredible difference, even greater than adding a sub
|I have a horrible listening room where the only possible speaker position puts the listener in a bass null, causing everything to sound shrill, forward and bass-shy. Im using the Paradigm Studio 20s which are one of the best bookshelf systems on the market and Ive gotten them to sound barely acceptable on a pair of 24 Sanus stands with floor spikes and small spikes under the speakers themselves. If I move in close to the speakers theyre sort of cool. In desperation I order a pair of Bedrocks and I am flabbergasted! The bass is huge - to the point where I had to decrease it a notch on most recordings, and the midrange and treble are now much smoother as well. It is an absolutely incredible difference, even greater than adding a sub, which would not improve the harsh treble the way the Bedrocks do. If you own a pair of small speakers you MUST try the Bedrocks. The difference is astounding.|
|- Marc A, NY|
||So dramatic listening to CDs is like hearing them for the first
|Im writing this just to tell you how delighted I am with the products I have purchased from you. Ive known about the benefits of cones and vibe killers for years so I first supplemented what I already had. The Double Helix Digital Plus interconnect and Golden Helix speaker cable were next. Fabulous upgrades for a very modest sum. I had a Zerostat many years ago, bought your Ionoclast and its a bargain for the improvement it makes. Better construction, better zapper. But the real eyeear openers were the Maple Bedrock speaker stands. The improvement is so dramatic that listening to CDs is like hearing them for the first time. Upper bass and lower mid-range appear where they were once virtually absent. Im hearing instruments I didnt even know were there. Soundstage, spaciality, air, etc. all vastly improved. In two words......goosebump city. I look forward to further Mapleshade upgrades in the future|
||Mapleshade Culture Shock
|I have experienced it! Mapleshade Culture Shock...
I am a Mapleshade music customer and have been for a good number of years. I have not purchased your audio refinement products in the past.
I wanted to improve my second system and turned to Mapleshade on a whim. The first purchase was your Helix speaker cables. Although I was skeptical at first, once I connected them the sound was WOW. This week I received my shipment of bedrock speaker stands and your funky jumpers. I read about the stands and talked to you twice before I ordered. The addition of the stands and jumpers has redifined anything I thought I knew from 30 years in this hobby. I have a totally new sound from my existing equipment, its Wonderful!!!
The products and advice from you and your company receive a standing ovation in my book|