Our new Dark Star 270 Speaker Suspension Bridges are now available. We have looked at the design, pared it down a bit and changed manufacturing methods to reduce cost, without any compromise to sound quality. These bridges offer superb isolation for speakers up to 275mm (10 1/2″) wide and almost any weight.
Many Hifi products use spikes as a basic form of isolation. They do have advantages in that they offer some sound improvement, their cost is low and they are easy to make height adjustable. We can now offer a product to offer much better vibration isolation for your spike mounted HiFi components. Our Dark Star Spike docking feet are designed to go under the spikes. They can take a lot of weight, so can be used under speakers and HiFi racks to offer exceptional isolation . They are easy to install, with no modification needed to your equipment.
We have been looking at an alternative to magnetic levitation for HiFi isolation. Our aim is to give a wider load range and more stability under tall or heavy speakers. The feet have a variety of cool materials. A carbon fibre main body with ebony and brass centre, suspended on a braided nylon web. Our testing has been giving exciting results with string theory feet performing to a very high level and doing just what we hoped.
Under speakers they were really very exciting, with comments like “where did the speakers go?” and “It’s just a wall of sound!”. We are now working on a Speaker suspension bridge with these feet. It also gives an option for those who are suspicious of magnetic fields. Take look here.
You may have noticed that we have been developing a new record clamp or puck, to secure your vinyl to the turntable. The idea is to clamp the record firmly to the platter to make the stylus work more efficiently. It also adds weight to the platter to further improve this. The core is designed to absorb noise in the spindle to give a cleaner signal. All of this seems to work really well. The first thing we noticed was a volume increase as the signal from the cartridge is greater. The background is quieter and the bass is delightful, hence the name “bass driver”.
We have been so impressed with the results so far that we have made a silver and ebony bass driver with the help of a dear friend and master flute maker. We hope to have some available to buy early next year.
Our new Solidair Audio Pylons are going down well. We are delighted to hear that our customers are as pleased with them as we are. These are one of the upgrades we do for the Michell Gyrodec and Orbe Turntables.
Some lovely reviews from our customers:
“…the pylons are”something else” beautiful, organic, well made and boy do they do the job. The platter now has a much more solid, positive feel, with no bouncing and the quietness between tracks on a record is scary. Excellent product all round.” RQ
“I love the new pylons for the Gyrodec, they are a big improvement over the original springs. Easy to fit and well made, they stop the deck from bouncing around all over the place when you change a record and they look great too. The sound seems a lot clearer, especially through the mid range, allowing more detail through than before. Vocals seem more real with added texture, the sound as a whole is a step up with the pylons fitted. They certainly work as claimed and I would happily recommend them to any owner of a Gyrodec. Many thanks for introducing yet another way of improving a great deck still further. Well worth the money.” AR
We have developed a new product to replace the spring suspension in the much loved Michell Gyrodec and Orbe turntables. They offer a significant improvement in the sound quality that the machines can deliver, well woth a look if you are lucky enough to have one of these delightful turntables.
We recently handed a variety of feet and speaker suspension bridges to Dominic Marsh, a reviewer for HiFi Pig. The review has now been published and can be seen on their website, along with all sorts of other interesting articles, in case you were unaware of the popular online magazine. The link URL is http://hifipig.com/solidair-audio-ukishima-magnetic-isolators/#more-35933
We are very pleased to have been awarded a highly recommended award for the products tested. Dominic has some useful insights into what we produce and aim to achieve with our products.
We have just made a set of speaker suspension bridges, destined for life under a pair of classic Lowther horn speakers in Kuala Lumpur. We are very pleased with the black anodised look, which compliments the brass so well, they should look fabulous in action. We have a review coming out soon in HiFi Pig, the online HiFi magazine, which includes a look at what the speaker suspension bridges do. We have not seen the review yet, but the reviewer was very complimentary, so we think he liked them as much as we do.
“As promised, I thought I would give you an update on the feet I bought from you a couple of weeks ago. They are splendid. I have placed them underneath a sheet of 10mm thick toughened glass that support my Monitor Audio GX300 speakers.
The main thing I notice is that they reveal more of the depth of the track being played. This comes across as discovering hidden backing vocals and a clearer differentiation in the instruments being played. It is much easier to discern additional instruments that were always there but could not be clearly located in the mix. The sound as a whole hangs together much more coherently and the feet have definitely made a noticeable upgrade to my system, which is all Naim apart from the Gyrodec SE (where your performance pack produces a similar excellent upgrade).
Many thanks for producing such a quality product in both and looks and performance.
We have been asked if we do a silver version of the Gyrodec performance pack by several people now, so thought it about time we came up with the goods.
The polished aluminium version of the popular turntable upgrade works just like the brass version. The feet simply screw on in place of the standard cone spike feet to give you an altogether better listening experience. The platter settles quickly with the damping afforded by the magnets and the sound is altogether sweeter, easier on the ear and more detailed.
If you own a Gyrodec, Orbe or Transcriptor these feet feet will give you a very noticeable performance upgrade. They are the best value for money upgrade available for these turntables and that’s not just our opinion.