Spike taming feet

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.

String Theory

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.

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

Solidair Audio Pylons for Michell Gyrodec and Orbe

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.

Solidair Audio Pylons – Spring suspension upgrade for Gyrodec and Orbe

A new style Speaker Suspension Bridge

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.

The Aluminium version of the Michell Gyrodec performance pack is now available

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.

A new range of more affordable feet

We now have a new range range of more affordable feet. We have redesigned the feet slightly and made them out of aluminium to reduce the cost. They have a silver grey anodised finish, so no need for polishing or lacquering and they also offer a different choice of colour from the other feet in the range, which may suit some equipment better. They still offer fabulous isolation, but with a much less labour intensive finish and lighter weight, we are able to offer these at a lower price than than the other feet.
The feet come in a box of four with each foot supporting 0.5 to 6Kg for the Ukishima 6 Aluminium feet (2 to 24Kg for four) or 2 to 15Kg each for the Ukishima 15 Aluminium (8 to 60Kg for four feet).
We can offer 8Kg and 20Kg magnets or odd numbers of feet aswell if necessary.

The Ukishima 8 is here

We have introduced an upgraded option for the range of small feet. By having some new magnets specially made, we can offer a 30% more powerful foot in the same body package as the popular Ukishima 6. It gives a bit more load headroom and can be mixed with the “6” feet if you have a heavy corner, or an opening lid on a record player that makes one area work harder than the rest. We can also offer the new magnets as an upgrade for Ukishima 6 feet already out there working hard for your listening pleasure.

Wooden Feet

We have been experimenting with different types of decorative woods to offer a new aesthetic for people wanting something a little unusual.
They work well as expected and look interesting. We are looking at woods such as burr oak, to give more detail and interest in the grain. We also have a master wood-turner on board to help us out. We will offer some new products soon.

Speaker suspension bridge testing

We took a variety of of our new speaker suspension bridges to Falmouth, to see what the great speaker guru, Julius Hyde, would make of them. Testing went very well on the bridges. The difference was instantly clear and substantial. The sound was not only significantly better with the feet under the speakers but the smallest details could be heard that had been previously unnoticed. The staging was precise and the bass powerful and crisp. The whole sound was sharper, yet more rounded and less shrill. Really quite delightful and easy on the ear. It was a revelation, as if you had been listening to a fabulous voice with some of the audience joining in and then suddenly, you were hearing it on it’s own. Julius commented one would have to spend many thousands of pounds in upgrades to get a similar performance improvement by another route. We were very pleased and relieved after all the hard work.
We also wanted to hear what would happen downstairs, to see if we had managed to reduce the sound transmission to rooms underneath the music room. The music was definitely quieter and less intrusive and with the suspension bridges in place, it sounded like distant music rather than a bass heavy noise. I made an attempt to be more scientific using a decibel meter; same track, same volume and found typically about 3dB less noise. This equates to about half the power transmission through the floor of the speakers without the suspension bridges. So good news for your neighbours too!

91dB in the listening room
77.8dB downstairs with supension bridges
81dB without suspension