Solidair Audio Aluminium HiFi isolation feet now in Black.

We can now offer our aluminium mag-lev isolation feet with a black anodised finish as well as our ever popular silver colour. They offer great HiFi isolation and they are relatively inexpensive. The smaller up to 4, 6 and 10kg feet are available now, as are the 15kg larger version. View them here.

They are a great way to clean up the sound in your system. They are very versatile and can be used under most HiFi components, even speakers. For heavy speakers see our Dark Star range.

Michell Turntable upgrades

Here at Solidair Audio we are renowned for our Michell turntable sound isolation upgrades. The Michell turntables are beautiful and very well engineered, they have isolation in the right places and sound great.

Why would you want to change this? We provide cutting edge isolation, using materials that were not available when these machines were designed. We can upgrade the sound considerably, without affecting the stunning good looks of these iconic machines. All our upgrades are reversable, requiring no permanent changes and installation is very straight forward. The machines we offer the most for are the Gyrodec and Orbe turntables, though we can can also help with older or simpler versions like the legendary Transcriptor and the more entry level Syncro and TechnoDec.

Where to start?

Most of the designs have the cone feet which are like spikes. These can be simply unscrewed and our mag-lev feet screwed on in their stead. Our Performance packs float the whole turntable in the air and isolate it from the platform it stands on. They also provide a degree of damping to absorb noise in the turntable.

The Gyrodec and Orbe have a spring suspension mechanism which provide good isolation of the turntable from the chassis, though can resonate and cause lack of top end clarity. Installing our Pylons opens up the sound with better clarity and sounstage. Improving the top end also makes the bass more punchy with crisper waveforms. These must be the best value sound upgrade available anywhere and are renowned the world over.

The armboard isolation has also been addressed with our Trinty. This is a sophisticated miniature isolation system which really allows the quality of your tonearm and cartridge to sing. It really is the cherry on the cake when it comes to liberating the best sound form your machine.

If you have a Gyro and you are thinking of upgrading to an Orbe platter, you could try our Bass Driver first. The platter change is a great sound upgrade, but we just love the look of the standard Gyrodec and we can get similar improvements without loosing the style. It gives a similar mass increase and improves the vinyl to platter contact, improving the lower frequencies. It gives more weight to the sound.

Last orders for Christmas

If you are planning on treating your HiFi for Christmas, please be aware of the last posting days this year.

For UK orders we will probably not be able to deliver on time for orders placed after Sunday 19th December. Orders can still be placed of course, but may arrive after Christmas.

For international orders please refer to the Royal Mail dates and add a couple of days for order processing.

Solidair Audio would like to wish you a very happy Christmas and hope and best wishes for the new year.

Dark Star 270 Speaker Suspension Bridges

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.

A new approach to a vinyl puck

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.

Solidair Audio Pylons

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

A nice bit feedback on the Burr Oak feet

“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.
Kind Regards

Michell Gyrodec platform

We have a happy customer in Seattle, who has taken delivery of one of our Gyrodec platforms.
“Isolation Platform has arrived and successfully installed – looks good and sounds even better”
Thanks to Mr Smith for the pictures and feedback.