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Vibrapod vibation isolators
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Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by jimiles a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: December 11, 2007

Bottom Line:   
Vibrapods proved to be a signficant upgrade to my Polk RTA 15TL speakers. The Polks are a large floorstanding speaker of early 1990's vintage. I used two Cusinart end-grain 14x17 chopping blocks for bases. The five vibrapods went on top of those (face up) in a pattern that achieved good load distribution. Finally, I heaved the Polks onto thier new homes. My first observation was very non-sound quality related; the chopping blocks slid efortlessley arcross my carpeted floor, making it a breeze to fine tune the speaker positions.

The difference was profound. It took me a moment to determine that I'd made things radically better and not worse! Oh yea...way better. Bass is no longer omni-present. Deep bass extension is way up (Down?!?). Bass over-hang is a thing of the past. Midrange clarity took a huge step forward on music. Dialog clarity on movies is just off-the-charts. I can't say enough about that last point.

The effects of isolation are additive. Isolating your Blu-Ray player is good, isolating your speakers is better, isolating both is just insane. Though I have not yet attempted it, I suspect there are serious video related improvements to isolating televisions and projectors. Please contact me with your results if you try this before I do!

Moral to this story; your existing system has a TON of potential waiting to be released. Before you consider a mega-dollar component or cable upgrade, apply a liberal dose of Vibrapods starting with your speakers and source components.

Polk RTA 15TL
B&K AVR-205i
Sony BDP-S300
Equitech 1.5Q
AudioQuest NRG5, NRG1.5, CV-6, Optilink-5, YIQ-3

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Used product for:   1 to 3 months

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Purchased At:   Music Direct

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Randy a AudioPhile

Date Reviewed: May 29, 2003

Bottom Line:   
Whoa!!! I can't believe the difference that a few little pieces of rubber acn make! Then again, the less vibration that my PlayStation 2 is subject to, the better the laser focuses. The end result? Much better sound (wider soundstage, more dynamic, and much deeper and controlled bass).

Lest I forget the overall improvement in picture quality as well. All my games and dvds look much smoother, and have better contrast. One of the first improvements that I actually noticed was a pronounced lessening of my tv's scan-lines, when using the Vibrapod-equipped PlayStation 2.

I must note that the effects are much more pronounced with the pods actually placed upside-down. Some experimenting, with key placement points might also be necessary.

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Used product for:   3 Months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   AudioPhile

Product model year:   2002

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor

Overall Rating:4
Value Rating:4
Submitted by toonrguy a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: January 17, 2003

Bottom Line:   
At first when I put them under my Sony 999es dvd player it made the sound very strident.Bugged the heck out of me.Luckily I read that you can place them face up or dpwn I tried the other way.All of the sudden it was strident but smooth, like an SACD is supposed to sound.They work well at taking care of vibration.I didn't notice any more clarity in image but more detailed bass.I just sent away for some more to try under my Music Fidelity A3-24 DAC.We'll see what happens next.If its more successful I'll write another review. gear:magnepan 12 speakers(front)
mag mmg rears
Rotel 1066 preamp
Rotel 985 amp
music fidelity ac2-24 dac
transparent cable
outlaw IBCM bass management

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2003

Price Paid:    $24.00

Purchased At:   audio ad.

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by lennychen a Audio Enthusiast

Date Reviewed: April 7, 2002

Bottom Line:   
I purchased eight Model 1s for use with my NAD C541 CD player and C420 Tuner.

Currently, I have both units stacked (C541 on the bottom, feet removed) on top of a symmetrical arrangement of the 8 vibrapods on a really cheap ($14) wood rack. This rack is inbetween my speakers (B&W DM601S2s), and hence absorb a lot of vibrations (given that the rack is made of wood).

I purchased the vibrapods because I discovered that my equipment was subject to a lot of vibrations due to my set up. I could feel these vibrations quite well at moderate volume when I put my hand on my CD player.

Before I started using the vibrapods, I had thought that there was a lack of realism in instruments and vocals. After I installed the vibrapods, there was a significant improvement in realism of instruments (e.g. Sting - All This Time) and vocals (e.g. Celine Dion, Mariah Carey, Jill Scott) across most of my CDs. Bass was much more detailed and well defined, and a little deeper than before (e.g. Jamiroquai). Also, I found that instruments are better separated (e.g. Sting - All This Time).

I think people will certainly have mixed experiences with the vibrapods, depending a lot on factors such as:

- Quality of equipment and built in isolation (The NAD uses hard rubber feet)
- Current level of vibrations experienced by the equipment
- Set up in room of current equipment (e.g. racks, stands, etc.)

I believe the improvements showed up very well because of the significant amount of vibrations my CD player was being subject to. I think these vibrations were creating errors in reading the CDs, which in turn reduced the detail retrieval capabilities of the C541.

I would recommend the vibrapods wholeheartedly to those who know that their equipment experiences a lot of vibrations, especially for mechanical equipment such as CD players and turntables. There was a significant reduction in the amount of vibrations I could feel on my CD player. (but still not zero - for that I think I will need to ditch my $14 rack and buy a quality metal rack)

You can try them yourself (in the US) at AudioAdvisor.com or from Vibrapod.com. Try them for up to 30 days, and if they don't work for you, just return them.

And no, I don't represent Vibrapod or AudioAdvisor...I'm just a college senior.

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Used product for:   Less than 1 month

Duration Product Used:   Audio Enthusiast

Product model year:   2001

Price Paid:    $48.00

Purchased At:   Audio Advisor

Overall Rating:5
Value Rating:5
Submitted by Parasound a Audiophile

Date Reviewed: April 20, 2001

Bottom Line:   
First I put them on my CD player, then on my amp. The sound became somewhat better (not a huge difference)I then bought a third set for my preamp, and the sound degraded. I took them off and while I was puting the stock feet back on I had the idea of taking the setr off the power amp and using the two sets under my speakers, (now that I had two sets of the same model vibrapod. After putting them underneith my speaker in between the bottom of the speaker and the stand plate I realized that vibrapods work their magic best with speakers. I can't believe what a HUGE improvement I got. My speakers are so much less "wooly" sounding and now that they are decoupled there is less dirstortion wich means that I can push them farther then before. I love them!!

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Used product for:   3 months to 1 year

Duration Product Used:   Audiophile

Product model year:   1998

Purchased At:   CJ's Audio/Video

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