Avid's Vibration Platform

Avid are of course a well respected name In hi-fi

The platform you talk of looks straight forward enough...a light wood shelf with sobophane feet..not much to cause a problem there...unless you are trying to drain energy instead of isolate from it. So used as intended it looks fine IMO

I upgraded my HiFi rack Akorner shelves with longer legs and bought Naim Glass, cups and balls for a little over £90/shelf. It was the best purchase I ever made. The effect on SQ was gobsmacking, even on the three power supplies. I would recommend only using three cups as Naim do with Fraim because it guarantees perfect contact of the balls with the glass, which is the whole point of the isolation as it reduces vibration. 

Phil

The finite elemente ceraballs mentioned by French Rooster look like they are worth trying out.  However, would they work with a skeletal turntable like the Rega RP8 and RP10.  I'm thinking there may be a slight risk of the turntable being knocked off the ceraballs by accident ? 

Rotifer217 posted:

The finite elemente ceraballs mentioned by French Rooster look like they are worth trying out.  However, would they work with a skeletal turntable like the Rega RP8 and RP10.  I'm thinking there may be a slight risk of the turntable being knocked off the ceraballs by accident ? 

Naim sell plastic rings to stick on the glass over the balls that provide the security against the glass sliding off. I only bought them for the top shelves.

I have a RP10, and the Naim isolation shelf works fine. Overall the eight isolation shelves have worked a treat. Until you experience the change it is hard to believe that inadequate racks can mess the SQ up so much. It is off course dependent on each setup, so some will have more of a problem than others.

Phil

Rotifer217 posted:

The finite elemente ceraballs mentioned by French Rooster look like they are worth trying out.  However, would they work with a skeletal turntable like the Rega RP8 and RP10.  I'm thinking there may be a slight risk of the turntable being knocked off the ceraballs by accident ? 

unfortunately they will don’t work with rega rp8 or 10. i have rp10 myself.   They will work if the skeletal plinth is removed.   I prefer to use the dust cover, so my turntable sits on a granite platform, with good effects.

Rotifer217 posted:

I am now thinking that Naim Glass, with 3 cups and balls and plastic rings to stick on the glass over the balls may be the way to go.

it is nice looking and have good synergy with naim electronics. But with a turntable, i will try before.  I fear that the sound may be a bit bright....  Rega have also wall shelf, specially made for rp8 and 10.

Rotifer217 posted:

I am now thinking that Naim Glass, with 3 cups and balls and plastic rings to stick on the glass over the balls may be the way to go.

Get the glass from a merchant. It’s 10 mm toughened, 452 x 400 mm, usually supplied with bevelled edges. You can choose whatever colour you like, but Naim’s is bronze. It cost me £62. Your dealer can order cups, balls and rings. TomTom and others sell online.

I can only speak of the effect with HiFi Racks Akorner. The narrower spacing if the rear legs provided the backstop. We put some 2-3mm cardboard between the legs and glass to decouple the glass from the wood and any vibration. You can tweak the position of the front cups and any time.

Experiment first before doing more. David @S3 introduced me to this solution.

Bon Voyage!

Phil

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