Speaker Isolation

Mar 1, 2013 9:00 AM, Mix, Kevin Becka

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Offering a simpler solution for monitor isolation, Sound Network’s China Cones (chinacones.co.uk) are energy conversion devices that reduce oscillations in audio systems. When positioned as a tripod under a speaker, they promise better realism, dynamics and stereo focus. Self-adhesive rubber pads (included) are used to prevent the points from sliding, and if necessary, thin double-sided tape may be used to secure the cones to the underside of your speakers.

China Cones

China Cones

IsoAcoustics speaker stands (isoacoustics.com) are built with a unique, patented isolation technology that eliminates energy transfer to surrounding surfaces, promising enhanced bass and improved image. They come in three sizes, can adjust between 3 and 8 inches in height (model dependent), and can be tilted up or down by using the included inserts. The stands can accommodate most manufacturers’ speakers and are also integrated into Argosy Console’s new Spire i-Series stands. The Isolator’s are made of a high-modulus co-polymer with the opening, internal taper and concave, void end resulting in a compliant element to contain the supporting tubes or rods.

IsoAcoustics speaker stands

IsoAcoustics speaker stands

Primacoustic (primacoustic.com) Recoil Stabilizers come in 12 downfire, horizontal or upfire models designed to work with most speakers and subwoofers. They comprise a heavy 1/4-inch, laser-cut steel plate, a thin neoprene top surface and foam base designed to eliminate vibration-borne resonance. The stabilizers promise to reduce a speaker’s backward recoil as the coil pushes energy forward improving sharpness and definition of the resulting impulse.

Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizer

Primacoustic Recoil Stabilizer

The Pro-coustix Isoflex monitor isolation pads (hypedupacoustics.co.uk) are purchased in pairs for each speaker (four pads total for two monitors). The pads are each 100x40x290 mm, made from high-quality polyester black foam offering high-compression load deflection properties. The pads can be interchanged, allowing five separate speaker-positioning angles, and also have a precision-designed curved front to reduce planar reflections.

Pro-coustix Isoflex

Pro-coustix Isoflex

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