On the face of it a pretty prosaic topic. Surely the manufacturers supply good feet that isolate the components from vibration?
Well, actually they don’t and anyway isolation is only part of the story for equipment to work well and deliver its potential.
The big problem is that equipment generates its own vibration – you know, microphony? – internally, so isolating the boxes traps it inside. Villains are power transformers and loudspeakers that distribute vibration effectively throughout the system via the metal connecting cables.
What we really need is the right combination of draining energy from the components and also isolating them from external sources of vibration. We think of standard feet as suitable for no more than protecting the furniture.
You need only to experiment with cones of different materials – steel, brass, wood, ceramic – to hear different results. To us that strongly suggests that none of them is right!
There’s a lot of science involved here and the improvements with the right items can be dramatic. We’ll lend you the tools to prove it to your own satisfaction.