Holy cow, it is amazing that a Youtube video could reveal this enhancement with the GAIA footers. My test with tube rolling and other enhancements (tweaks) is that if I don't recognize the improvement immediately, they are a bust. I have tried goofy expensive fuses and nutty stuff like Shakti Blocks and SR dots on the wall, and it was a fools errand.
No question, from the first measure of the music with the GAIA footers under my Spatial Audio speakers there was a palpable increase in inner detail and coherence to the music and more realistic soundstage. Pity those that don't audition them.
Please do not pity me i tried them and got better results from using £10 Sorbothane.
I found the GAIA raised the height of my Tweeter above ear level and destroyed Dynamics and imaging.
The video i saw on youtube did not have the Speakers in the same position so a different sound is obvious.
Try it at home for free, as little as 1/2" an inch can have huge effects on the overall sound of your Speakers. For better or for worse, .
You auditioned them and found them not to your pleasure so good for you... but you did try them. I am frankly amazed that raising the level at couple of inches so adversely affected the sound of your speakers. Raising the vertical height of my Spatial Audio speakers did not exhibit the sensitivity that your speakers evidently do. I have used sorbothane for decades and it is quite effective as well, but clearly not under speakers on carpet. I did not try the GAIA footer under my speakers without their spikes.
I first learned of the GAIA from VPI's Harry Weisfeld, who found them to provide a noticeable improvement to the sound of his KEF Blade loudspeakers. Some VPI turntable owners have posted on the VPI Forum their positive findings of the improvements the GAIA made in the sound of their VPI tables. About a year ago I made a posting there asking if anyone had compared the GAIA with the Townshend Seismic products (the individual Pods, and the Platforms, which include Pods), and received no responses.
Not wanting to shell out for both GAIA and Townshend feet, I carefully analyzed the design of both. There is a detailed diagram of the internal structure of the GAIA on IsoAcoustic's website, and it appeared to me that the metal structure of the GAIA is not the aspect of the foot that is providing whatever isolation it affords. Deep inside the GAIA is a layer of some rubber-ish material, presumably of a proprietary nature (though not necessarily: it could be Sorbothane, Navcom, or EAR IsoDamp). It is that material which appears to be the main provider of the GAIA's isolation properties. The GAIA is priced in accordance with each model's weight capacity: $199/ea for the GAIA III, $299/ea for the II, and a whopping $599/ea for the I.
In contrast, the Townshend Pods are the same price for all models, and the weight divisions are much more finely-graded than the three GAIA models. More importantly, the design of the Townshend is completely different. I won't go into that design here, as the Townshend videos on You Tube explain it (and demonstrate it) very well. I suggest watching the videos, and seeing what you think. The Townshend Seismic products have received little press in the US (look out, Dylan ;-) ---aside from Robert Levi in Positive Feedback) ---but quite a bit in the UK. Links to reviews are provided on the Townshend Audio website. US dealers of Townshend Audio are few and far between, so getting a set for audition is unlikely.
About £600/set of 4. Not sure how accurate that is, email Arthur at Arya Audio.
Designed as a universal footer, so components and spkrs.
The contrast to Gaias was one of the more fascinating ones in my time in the hobby.
In isolation, the Gaias seemed only positive. Sound warmer and more forceful. However only on A/B w the Revopods did negative comparison arise. Revopods seemed more bass light, but within a couple of songs it was apparent this was truthful and the Gaias were imposing their character.
And hence my conclusion was, Gaias were coloured.
My Holy Grail in audio more and more is natural warmth w no impediment to speed, tonal discrimination and timbral accuracy album to album. Any change that imposes a signature on my sound is out (a reason I may change my spkrs at some point).
So, on tt isolation, Minus K out, Stacore in. On component/spkrs footers, Shun Mook Diamond Resonators and Stillpoints and Gaias out, Symposium Acoustics Rollerblocks and Arya Audio Revopods in.
I am using these inexpensive isolation pads under my Don Sachs' tube amp and I sense a bit lower sound floor to the music, but it might well be "confirmation bias." At any rate, they are worth a try.
@david_ten RevOPods can absolutely be used under components or speakers.
My company, Liquid HiFi, recently became the US Distributor for RevOPods. I have placed them under a wide variety of components and speakers and I would be pleased to help you get the most from your setup.
Feel free to contact me ron at liquidhifi dot com
I use 4 RevOPods under each of my 2 REL Carbon Limited subs. I had a hard time finding an adaptor screw thread size that would work with the REL's. RevOPods has a multitude of screw sizes and had the one I needed. BIG improvement over stock feet! They are small, look great, easy to adjust and level and most importantly tightened up the bass. They are made of a hard material but have a somewhat flat surface that meets the floor. I was worried they would scratch my hardwood floors but they don't. I can move the subs around without damaging my floors and don't need to use cups or pads under them. Very satisfied.