...the thin piece of rubber that separates the top and bottom "plates" of the GAIA. Hardly hi-tech! The metal housing you see is just that---a metal housing. Now watch the You Tube video wherein Max Townshend explains the design of his Seismic Pod, then demonstrates it’s effectiveness. THAT’S more like it!
What was the difference you heard between the two products?
Did you use the optional purchase of the metal coupling feet with the GAIA?
Possibly it’s the material’s damping factors of the rubber membrane and stainless housing used in combination with the internal air chambers that make the product functional? We found there is a clear and defined difference in performance when the optional coupling feet are used with this product.
The other product you appear to favor when analyzed uses rubber, metal and contains a spring.
Both products are highly restricted by weight tolerances that dramatically affect the pricing structure so please include model numbers so listeners can make a fairer comparison.
I would like to hear more info from the readership with regards to any listening comparisons between the two designs.
A qualified soundman who designs vibration management accessories, speaker stands and equipment racking sold by a manufacturer.