At its most fundamental definition, a bridge is simply a structure that spans some sort of depression or obstacle. Seems simple enough. And it is, if the bridge in question is simply to get a person across a small creek or over a little pile of rocks. But there’s much more to it if the bridge in question has more difficult functional parameters: does it need to carry a lot of weight? What’s the span? Are there environmental and external forces that must be addressed? And how does an engineer go about designing a bridge that excels at its basic function and deflects outside interference while at the same time being beautiful and iconic where it will reside?
To some extent the same principles apply to the racks, stands or platforms used to support high-performance audio equipment (minus the need to safely hold people or carry traffic, of course). In a perfect world, an audio product would be perfectly immune to air- or surface-borne sound waves or vibration. But we don’t live in a perfect world. We can measure the effects of vibration or resonance in the harmonic distortion of an audio product’s output. What to do? The Franc Wood Block Rack or Platforms.