Replacing the spikes in my Soundocity outriggers (Soundocity made me a set of outriggers with threaded holes) with the Isoacoustics Gaia 2 footers has improved the sound of my Merlin VSM speakers. They now sound more open and articulate than with any combination of Z-feet or other spikes, with or without outriggers, on the floor or on a platform, that I've tried. Like the Townshend products the Gaia footers completely decouple the speakers from the floor, allowing them to float. See:
we are putting them under our Kef Blades Persona 9H Legacy Focus Signatures Persona 3F and we bought a zillion sets of pucks to put under components.
The demo was amazing. We tried 3 pucks vs older style Stillpoints and the pucks seemed to me in a brief demo to outperfom the Stillpoints at a franction of the price.
I hope that more people in the industry will start to talk about this product.
The design is not just about isolation, but rather than to coordinate the speakers motion in one plane which is the back and forth axiss to the motion of the drivers is coordinated with any relative motion of the cabinet, which better couples the drivers wave launch into the room.
If you hear what we heard, you should be thrilled, I know of no other product at that price point which can make such a dramatic improvement in a system, as you can see, we are putting Gaia's on many of our most popular demo speakers.
I am expecting big things, especially with the Persona 9Hs I think they will also make the Legacy's even more remarkable sounding.
Please let us know your findings. We just got our first set of Gaias for the Persona 9H today, I will be assisting Dave install them tomorrow, if I can skip out of my office early.
Finally, I received my special order of B&W 800D2's mounting plates. The installation of GAIA 1's was a breeze (actually fun). I was done under 45 minutes. And boy, the improvements were immediate....I am hearing better bass, wider soundstage and much much better focus. The speakers seems to have disappeared from the room.
I highly recommend GAIA's to anyone using OEM isolation feet. I just ordered two more sets of GAIA III for my rear 804D2 speakers.
Dear MMCELYEA, I'm part of the North American Focal home loudspeaker distributor team, as well as the IsoAcoustic Importer - so warning, lest anyone think I'm stepping in and trying to be the least bit commercial, I'll recuse myself now and ask everyone who's sensitive to these sorts of things to stop reading.
That out of the way; I do have direct experience installing Gaia 1's into Sopra 3's. Here are those installation experiences:
Place Sopra's in as close to the final location in your room as possible - the Sopra 3's with Gaia's, once installed, are harder to move around than before.
If you have carpets with even a low lvel of loft, use teh Gaia 1 spiked cups - these FIRMLY anchor the Gaia to the floor and deliver best sound by stabilizing and reducing horizontal motion induced by driver motion/air pressure
To remove the shipped spikes that ship with the Sopra #3 (Or #2), you'll need to take an allen key and unscrew the bottom rails about ten turns that attach the loudspeaker to the glass base plate - both sides front and rear, so the distance from the glass plate to the speaker cabinet increases — then you'll be able to fully unscrew the existing spike that comes with the speaker and screw in the Gaia. Once they are out, retighten the base to the cabinet - keep in mind the base is glass so don't over-torque the allen key as you could possibly crack the glass.
Something of importance I've not read so far in this blog, but hinted at by Audio Dr - these Gaia's are DIRECTIONAL — meaning you need to pay attention to the orientation of the feet relative to the orientation of the speakers cabinet. There's a notch cut into the stainless steel cup right above the IsoAcoustic name that either needs to point forward, or to the rear - do NOT orient this notch at a 90 degree right or left. Just facing forward, or backwards. Use the supplied knurled round thumb spacers to create rake angles if needed.
While IsoAcoustic does supply their Gaia range of stabilizers with set of four different threaded inserts, if your speakers require a different pitch or thread type, just call our office and ask to speak with Eric or Michael and we will send you a set that fits your speakers.
I also read a comment asking why we sell these in sets of four and not three. More speakers have sets of four holes in their bases/plinth than three. The question really is, why do we sell them in 4's and not 8's? If you have a subwoofer you don't need 8.
* WARNING — Subjectively speaking — I've been in the audio business since 1981. Rarely have I run across an accessory that so increases all the aspects of reproduced sound my system is capable of reproducing, than these feet. I have them on my speakers at home; I can't imagine not having them.
My finest regards - J.Bevier / Audio Plus Services