Tandem – Audio specializes in manufacturing handcrafted high-end equipment stands through a unique, in audiophile chronicles, “topology”. Theoretically, any audiophile device should operate in a vibration free environment, regardless their origin, endogenous or exogenous. In our point of view, the only way to provide a vibration free environment is by preventing the floor vibration return to the equipment with simultaneous and immediate coupling of the internal and air vibrations to the floor. The coupling is the most crucial point in which our products excel.
Almost a decade of research, repeated listening sessions and tests, contributed to overcome problems of non-effective coupling and damping methods. which encircle huge amounts of energy inside the equipment. Three Tandem Audio stand series are designed to fit harmoniously into every living environment and to provide excellent performance and maintenance free operation. Our goal is to offer you ultimate sound experience and advanced technology, in order to get the best out of every high-end audio gear.
The founder of the company, Nikolaos Michelios, combined his three fields of knowledge, Electrical Engineering, Musical Studies and, for two decades Designing and Manufacturing of high aesthetics furniture, to create a uniquely handcrafted stands originally for personal and later for wide use. His strong belief is that an equipment rack is not just an accessory; it is a device which’s performance is measurable and audible.
Many years were spent on studying and observing the way that equipment racks work. Being unsatisfied by the performance of the available products, our devotion to music led us to design something different, something great.
Having for tools the knowledge of advanced engineering technology and the beauty and benefits of natural wood, we created racks of high performance and quality.
Shelves are made of solid wood and cast aluminum alloy in a specific arrangement. Looking downward in a cross-section, can be seen:
a. Handcrafted wooden slice. This slice is constructed of many equal sized cubic wooden fragments glued one by one to create an integral unit having a permanent and equivalent property in receiving and transmitting vibrations from equipment chassis. The proper selection and placing of wood (i.e. appropriate moisture values) is the most crucial point of this stage, as well as the glue used, since not any kind of dumping in this stage is acceptable.
b. Metal Manipulating Vibration System (MMVS). This is the second and most sophisticated level of the shelf. It is affiliated with the handcrafted wooden slice and functionally (mechanically) coupled with it. As its name points out, it is a manipulating system of vibration control. Its function rely in unconstrained receiving of vibrations from wood segment and in “organizing” them before transmitting them to specially designed shelf standing points and therefore to shelf chassis. MMVS consist of an aluminum metal plate, immersed in a low inertia metal filling and aluminum Shelf Standing Points (SSP), patented by Tandem. The metal plate works as a diapason like instrument wound up to transform resonant frequencies while the metal filling works in a manner of absorbing the receiving vibrations and simultaneously lowering the system’s resonance frequency out of acoustic range. Finally the SSP,also mechanically linked with metal plate, are specially designed in a manner of an infinitely single-points way out.
c. Shelf chassis. Made of cast aluminum alloy, specially designed according to technical specifications, in a way of transmitting with stable speed the vibrations and at the same time being able to control up to 100 kg weight per shelf and non-audible resonance frequencies. Linked with metal plate and rack columns as well.
Columns Design: Despite of their appearance (solid wood), they are made of the same cast aluminum alloy that shelf chassis is made. They end up in (patented by Tandem) Rack Standing Points (RSP) again made of the same alloy, weighting about 800gr each in a spiral ending in order to be resonant free.