I need to know about the GAIA as well. I'm also very curious about their Iso-Puck.
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It’s very noticeable. Check out this video and you can even clearly hear the difference.
https://youtu.be/wHi5ld81nec Starts at almost exactly 5 minutes in.
They’re kind of expensive, but they’re the best “tweak” ever in Audio. If you believe in cables making a difference in sound and have spent money on cabling yet don’t have these.... you’re doing it wrong.
smear is exactly the word one would use to describe intermodulation of the desired signal with an effect caused by movement of the entire speaker back & forth from the drivers (esp. bass) & is the reason people buy heavy stands or cones, etc.
Dick Vandersteen used to tell buyers to fill his stands with sand or lead shot for this reason
No idea if this brand is better than any other tho
quite possible that the power of suggestion in the video could cause a difference in perception by a listener - that is why we do blind testing
The real solution to this problem is a dipole radiator ...
I have been very interested in their new GIIA (sp ?). My speakers sit on a suspended wood floor of poor quality which has had a very negative impact on sound, particularly bass response B&W 800D. These products decouple speaker from floor and help to eliminate floor impact. Similar to townsend audio seismic platforms. Unfortunately they are limited to 225 lbs and mine weigh 275. I am now using a phenolic crystal 5/8" thick square piece under each spike with significant benefit.
All my comments are about the Gaia by IsoAcoustics.
fossada, from what I understand the 225 lbs is not a limit but is the top of the optimal range of the performance. From there the performance will start to be reduced. So if I understand correctly you would get most of the benefits. But you should check with the designer to get the exact skinny as I am not sure what is the weight limit on the Gaia I vs the other two Gaia models.
I have tried many types of isolators and/or vibration control over the years. Most did make a difference but they also made a negative overall impact in the sound. So not worthwhile.
Only a few made a worthwhile improvement overall.
This is whether under a speaker or equipment.
I recently had the opportunity to try the Gaia under various types of equipment and can highly recommend them.
I tried the Gaia in three different systems and with several different audio buddies. They were tried under several types of equipment.
From a passive preamplifier, active preamplifier, two phono preamplifiers, two DACs, and several amplifiers both stereo and mono blocks. Price of equipment ranged from a few thousand to over twelve thousand dollars.
All agreed that the Gaia made a positive overall improvement in every case.
Now the Gaia were just placed under each of the equipment (three Gaia per equipment) so there should be a slight additional improvement using them attached and in place of the equipments original footers.
I also want to add that we tried them under a passive type power conditioner that already has anti-vibration built into it. Again it made an improvement.
I hope this helped.
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PS at this moment I have no financial interests in IsoAcoustics.
I am thinking about using the GAIA footers. Currently my speakers are on a second floor with carpet. I am spiking through to the sub floor. I tried the Herbies gliders but liked the sound with the spikes to the sub floor better. Has anyone had success for example using a one inch think piece of stone and spiking to that rather than the wood sub floor? I'm trying to achieve greater isolation.