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  1. The poor OP! We have thoroughly hijacked his thread. I just want to add that regardless of the reasonable doubts expressed above about the impact of Gaia footers (or other similar products) on SQ, the Gaia’s really do help with the problem of bass vibrations going through a floor that brought the OP here to post his query. And in my experience with Gaia’s under both my floor standing full range speakers and a pair of smaller REL subwoofers, they didn’t affect the SQ at all, either for the good or the bad, other than eliminating most of the vibrating floorboard annoyance inside my listening roo
  2. That’s an interesting observation, because I don’t think the OP has identified what speakers they are using and how large or heavy they are. For what it is worth, there is at least some evidence lurking in the IsoAcoustics document to indicate they tried a range of speaker sizes, but it’s just a surmise on my part. Specifically, the graph in Fig. 4 shows results for Gaia I, II, and III footers. These are designed for speakers of different weight ranges (Gaia I for the heaviest), and I believe they have stated here or elsewhere that using a Gaia for a speaker too heavy OR too light for its desi
  3. The folks at IsoAcoustics would disagree with respect to their products. I am not qualified to comment, but quoted below is their summary position on the matter. “There is a common misconception that isolation can result in a loss in output in the lower frequencies. Testing completed in the Anechoic Chamber at the NRC measured the decibel level output at various frequencies when using IsoAcoustics products and using spikes. The results using both IsoAcoustics isolation and spikes are compared on figure 4. The testing concludes that there was no colorization when using the GAIA isola
  4. Schoenberg made some great chamber transcriptions of Mahler. Here are some examples on Naxos.
  5. Yeah, the IsoAcoustics website has a product matching calculator that recommends a set of four Gaia I footers for an 18-inch Rythmik, which is $599. So pricey at that scale. Not sure how heavy the OP's subs are, but the smaller IsoAcoustics products are much less expensive.
  6. Now that I know that you, like I, have a wooden floor, I'm going to double down on recommending you try an IsoAcoustics product. To reduce risk to your wallet, you could try to purchase from a vendor that will let you return them if they don't work out. As the name "IsoAcoustics" implies, they isolate - or decouple - the speaker from the floor. Why this doesn't ruin the tightness of the bass is documented pretty effectively at the manufacturer's website and in numerous product reviews around the internet; they have a novel internal structure/engineering solution and are not simply
  7. I would give a try to the IsoAcoustics stands in that Amazon link you shared, especially if the concern is vibration of the subwoofer cabinet being transmitted through the floor. I have used another similar product from IsoAcoustics (Gaia footers) that helped tame this problem for my subs that rest on a hollow wood plank floor. It is not a panacea, though in general IsoAcoustics sells solid engineering rather than "woo magic," is used by studio pros as much or more so than by home audiophiles, and is very reasonably priced (you cite cost concerns).
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