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Levitation Vibration Control
Wouldn't it be wonderful is you could isolate your audio gear from
vibration by making it float in the air? The LVC pods, from Gershman
Acoustics, can do just that. Each pod contains magnets of the same
polarity. Magnetic repulsion causes levitation.
Now, we must admit that we scoffed when we
heard about this, because the theory appears to have a hole in it big
enough to run a UPS truck through. Then we tried it on a tube
amplifier, and heard pretty good turn into terrific. We're convinced.
The LVC40 is designed for gear weighing about
40 lbs (18 kg). The LVC90 uses stronger magnets for heavier gear,
something like 90 lbs (about 40 kg).
We offer them in sets of four. If you want
individual ones (because you want only three, or you bought three and
you want a fourth one), we'll break up the sets as well.
ORDER LVC40KIT, set of four pods, $299.95 Click to buy
ORDER LVC100KIT,set of four pods, $349.95 Click to buy
ORDER LVC40 individual pod, $85 each Click to buy
ORDER LVC100 individual pod, $95 each Click to buy
The Foundation stands are built in
Canada by Focus Audio. There are no holes in the top, because these
astonishing stands come already filled with...Foundation's secret
formula. We don't know what's inside, but striking it is like hitting
an SUV loaded with tombstones.
finish is a matte black that leaves the spotlight on the speakers
themselves. The included spikes are adjustable from the top. The
speaker can be secured to the stand with a material such as our own
Audio-Tak (shown on this page).
The stands are 61 cm (24 inches)
high. For first-rate compact speakers, this is the stand to get.
For delivery in Canada and the US only, and
drop-shipped from the factory via UPS.
ORDER: FFA, one pair Foundation stands, $1495
hardwood floors, and you don't want to puncture them with spikes or
cones? The answer is the Superspike, shown above:, a sealed unit
containing both a spike and a dish to receive it. (the one at right is
disassembled for illustration only). Not suitable for carpets, but
superb on hard surfaces. Four different shanks to fit virtually any
stand or speaker. The supplied locking nut keeps them tight.
Order SSKQ: kit of 4 Superspikes with 1/4" shank, $75
Order SSKT: kit of 4 Superspikes with 5/16" shank, $75
Order SSKS: kit of 4 Superspikes with 6mm" shank, $75
Order SSKH: kit of 4 Superspikes with 8mm shank, $75
WHICH SIZE TO ORDER?
The Superspike with a 1/4-inch shank has 20 threads per inch
The Superspike with a 5/16-inch shank has 18 threads per inch
The Superspike with a 6 mm shank has 10 threads per centimetre
The Superspike with an 8 mm shank has 8 threads per centimetre
STICK IT ON
Don't have anything to screw the shank into?
Get a set of three adhesive Superspikes,
like the one at left. Just lift off the paper to uncover the adhesive
pad, and push it firmly against the underside of the speaker, stand,
amplifier, etc. It's $50 for a set of three. Order SSKA.
to isolate an amplifier or CD player equipped with those wide but
useless feet? Unscrew the existing foot, and use the same retaining
screw to fasten a Superspike replacement feet (shown here, upside
down). Slightly taller than most feet, but unobtrusive. The exterior
part is matte black but is easy to spray paint. A set of four feet is
$80. Order SSKF
The return of the Isobearing
Isobearing was, in our tests, the very best anti-vibration device made,
and we had tested some very expensive ones. We were unhappy when
Audioprism closed down and the Isobearing disppeared. Only now it's
back, and at the original price too!
It consists of a cup that actually acts
like a suction cup (handy for those glass shelves that are all to
popular on AV equipment stands). Into that fits the energy-absorbing
ball. It feels like a Superball, and you would assume that if you
dropped it would bounce high. In fact it drops like a lump of putty,
because it doesn't store energy. We use them ourselves, and that's what
our Blu-ray player sits on. The standard Isobearing is made to hold a
weight of 2 kg (4.4 pounds). So you use the number needed so that each
gets about the right load. They're available individually, though of
course three is the minimum practical number. Just enter the number you
need. Order ISO-M, $25 each.
For heavier gear, get the larger Isobearing 3.3, designed to handle up
to 7.5 kg each (about 17 pounds). Order ISO-G, $40 each.
even better than spikes? The machined aluminum Tenderfeet give superior
isolation from the floor, useful with speakers that deliver high bass
energy to the house structure, and very good with electronic equipment
as well. Unlike some other cones, Tenderfeet are anodized to protect
them from tarnishing, and they have a threaded hole to allow screwing
them to the equipment.
The TFG (natural aluminum color) costs $18 each
The TFGN (black) costs $23.00
To screw either cone into a speaker, order the THB hanger bolt, at 80
cents each. It is half machine screw, to go into the cone, and half
wood screw, to go into the speaker.
you have carpets, the point of a cone or spike will tend to go between
the fibers, and do much less damage than an ordinary foot would. But if
you have hardwood floors you don't want to mar, add the Tendercup,
shown above. It is an inverted cone with a small depression to receive
the point of either a cone or a spike. The TCP (aluminum) costs $15
are also available in a short version (aluminum-colored only), which
looks like a pointy version of the Tendercup. It is not quite as
effective, but it is useful under equipment that can't be raised off
the floor more than a small amount. The TFP (silver) is $15 The TFP (black) is $17
Smarter Speaker Support
to fasten a speaker on a wall? Flush against the wall isn't good, and
straight on isn't good either. What you need is brackets that hold the
speaker just off the wall (they work even with speakers that have rear
ports), and can be aimed where you want. The solution is the Smarter
easy can it get? You just screw one part of the support to the wall
using the supplied screws and anchors. Screw the other part to the rear
of the speaker. It then takes five seconds to put the two halves
together. The speaker now swivels left or right, and it can be tilted
up or down at the angle you want. It will stay that way too. The
support is made up of unbreakable glass-filled polycarbonate. It's been
tested to 25 kg (55 lbs!), which is a ridiculously heavy speaker for
wall mounting...but it will work. There's just nothing else this good
or this easy to use. Now vailable only in white.
ORDER: SSPS-W, pair of white speaker supports, $29.95
often talk about this blue stuff that looks like modelling clay, but
never hardens. We use it under cones, between speakers and stands, and
many other places. We tame resonances with it, and we hold cables down
with it. Nothing in the audio world is as useful as Audio-Tak. Because
many audiophiles have trouble finding it, we've added our own version
to The Audiophile Store. It comes with full instructions, though
chances are you'll discover uses we haven't mentioned. The AT-2 is a
set of three sections of Audio-Tak, just $10
The Super Antenna, MkIII
think it shouldn't be that hard to build a desktop antenna for FM or
television. But the people who make "rabbit ears" work to make the
outside look fine, and then pinch pennies on the inside, where they
figure you won't see it. Besides, they don't know what they're doing.
The rotary phase switch found on most antennas actually generates FM
multipath distortion...and TV ghosts.
we decided to design our own. It has only enough metal parts to make it
work, and no dumb "phase" switch...those actually manufacture
multipath. We then add a quality transformer, put in a plump
multi-shielded cable with a 24K gold plated F connector. The result is
the Super Antenna, now in its third incarnartion.
tried it first on a TV set, and we were stunned. Without the phase
switch, without a twin lead to act as a second antenna, and with
minimum loss and interference thanks to the special cable, off-air
broadcasts looked better than ever (yes, much better than on cable).
The result on FM is dynamite. The Super Antenna covers all broadcast TV
stations, channels 2 to 69, plus the FM band. We even use our own Super
Antenna to pull in off-the-air high-definition signals, and they come
in with pristine quality.
The antenna is available with 21-day refund, less only our shipping cost
ORDER FM-S Super Antenna, $59,95
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