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#275470 - 2018-04-25 13:49 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Carl]
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Carl,

That photo would have been very handy to have sent to my Dealer when I originally made my inquiry. I could not find any photo that showed the whole foot assembly clearly.

I have gone back to my Dealer with this photo and he is checking with Meridian if the steel base spike can be supplied and is compatible with the existing threaded socket in the DSP8000 bass unit.

I peeled off one of the black plastic disks from one of my sockets. It came off easily and appeared to be held by a small circle of Tarzan Grip type rubberised clue which easily cleans up. I took a photo for reference. I am sure the steel spikes shown in your photo will have the same thread for the existing socket and will be compatible.

Will keep everyone posted when I have an answer back.

Strange about the rear foot being reversed ! The thread form in both sockets is identical so they can go either way. Meridian might think it is easier to lower the rear of the head unit down with a spike pointing down to locate the cup, after connecting the head unit cable.


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Steve M




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#275477 - 2018-04-25 14:55 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: dpstjp]
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dpstjp,

I knew it would be a simple and quick exercise so I transferred the DSP8000SE cups to the DSP6000 head units in order to show what they look like, despite your concerns of the contrasting gold stripe.

The first photo shows an angled view with the original DSP6000 head unit cup and spike assemblies. Apologies for the sideways photos but I ran into the same problem as the other night.





The second photo shows an angled view of DSP6000 head unit with the SE cups installed.





The last photo is a front on view of the DSP6000 with SE cups installed.





Again I think the SE cups again look aesthetically more attractive than the original cups, and don't appear to clash too much with the gold stripe given that they are recessed.

Ogri previously mentioned that he thought that the original DSP6000 head unit cup and spike could be reversed but I found that the cup could not be screwed into the bass unit with the black plastic glass insert still in place. If it is removed, the cup only screwed in a couple of threads. The spike screwed into the head unit okay but when mated with the cup on the bottom, the spike actually stuck out far more from the cup. This resulted in the head unit gap to the bass box being even greater and the appearance uglier. This extra height is due to the fact that some of the spike length is normally taken up by the thickness of the glass top plate when it is installed in the bass box socket. Therefore I wouldn't recommend reversing these.

There is no problem reversing the cup and spikes on DSP8000's, as there is no glass plate thickness to be accounted for.

The above comment relates specifically to the original head unit feet assemblies supplied with the DSP6000 speakers. As Ogri has pointed out in his post below, Meridian eventually released stainless steelhead unit feet assemblies for the DSP6000 as shown in his following post. The photo on the short head stainless steel spine with a felt backed stainless disk is identical to the SE spike shown in the previous DSP8000SE photo posted by
Carl. These assemblies can definitely be reversed.

I cannot hear any change for the better or worse after changing over to SE cups on my DSP8000's so consideration of this retrofit is just purely a matter of personal aesthetic taste.


Cheers,


Steve


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Edited by Steve M; 2018-04-25 23:02. Edit Reason: Incorrect Info
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#275478 - 2018-04-25 15:17 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Steve M]
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Steve,

That's very kind of you to do this.

It looks like the reflection from the black of the DSP is muting the shiny aluminium finish of the spikes. They do look nicer formwise, I'll agree.


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#275479 - 2018-04-25 15:31 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: dpstjp]
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dpstjp,

It was no trouble and I wanted to see for myself also.

The photo was taken at night in a room where the lighting is not particularly bright. In a well lit room, particularly with sunlight, I am sure the stainless steel (aluminium ?) cups would be much shinier.

Maybe a light coating of gold paint will improve the match !


Cheers,


Steve M


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#275480 - 2018-04-25 15:36 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Steve M]
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About the 6ks: how do you get the heads to stay on like that on their sides? Lashing of special sticky sauce?

About the inverted foot at the rear of an 8k head: my SEs came with the heads already footed, and all three feet were installed the same way up.


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#275481 - 2018-04-25 15:47 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Ludwig]
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These make me miss my 6Ks with their floaty little heads. Considering a pair of 8K SLs; will have to insist on these new swanky cone bits if I get a pair!


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#275483 - 2018-04-25 16:47 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Steve M]
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Steve,

Thanks for taking the time to post both the info and photos about the 8k feet and these screw/cup feet. Fascinating!

Cheers

George

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#275485 - 2018-04-25 16:54 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Mr Meridian]
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There’s another variant of pin, quite a nice aluminium version. Try as I might, having re read the instructions, I can’t get the image in the gallery, hey ho!

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#275486 - 2018-04-25 17:56 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Ogri]
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Ogri,

That would explain what you were recalling then !

The Gallery upload is tricky the first time you use it as I had to learn the other night.

Although it says the maximum upload file size should be less than 2Mb, I found it would only upload successfully if I kept the image size to less than 1Mb. I sent photos to my computer from my iPhone via email and learned to select a file size when sending less than 1Mb. I also edited photos by cropping before sending.

Once you select your file, hit upload and then after you see the file name uploaded, select no more uploads. At this point you must have a comment in the post before you hit Submit. The photo will not be shown if you select preview.

Once you successfully create an image post, you copy the image link in order to paste it in your new post in the forum after you select the image icon above.

Good luck with it. Curious to see these nice aluminum versions.


Cheers,


Steve M


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#275493 - 2018-04-25 20:56 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Steve M]
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A 6k pin variant, weighs like aluminium but the thread looks like steel. Felt pad on the underside.



(So close and yet so far...) pic appears to be in the gallery anyway...

Mod edit:
The uploaded file had a .jpeg extension rather than .jpg
The forum software is fussy, but there is a workaround by editing the gallery img tag in the post from .jpeg .jpg ... which I’ve just done.

Edited by Carl; 2018-04-25 21:35.
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#275500 - 2018-04-25 23:10 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Ogri]
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Ogri,

Thanks for getting this photo up and I have made the appropriate edit above. Apologies, can’t know, what you don’t know !

I believe this spike to be exactly the same as what Meridian is using as the spike for the DSP8000SE speaker. The spike has the short head which is the same length as used for the DSP8000v1 & v2’s. With no glass on top of the DSP8000 bass unit, the spike will screw in the full amount and as you mention the integral disk is felt backed.

I will pass this photo on to my dealer as well.

Thanks,


Steve M


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#2: 6000s, 6000C, 5000s, 6000s, 568.2mm, 598DP, 511
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#275965 - 2018-05-12 12:28 Re: DSP8000 Head Unit SE Feet Upgrade [Re: Steve M]
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Folks,

It’s taken several weeks to hear back from my dealer but I can finally confirm that the stainless steel spikes as shown above by Ogri officially retail from Meridian at £16.36 each.


Cheers,


Steve M


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#2: 6000s, 6000C, 5000s, 6000s, 568.2mm, 598DP, 511
#3: 5500s, 5000C, 5000s, 561, 800v3, 518
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