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Old 8th February 2007
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Anti Vibration Mats Under Monitors?

Anybody use foam anti-vibration mats under their monitors? What's the deal with that?
Old 8th February 2007
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The idea is to decouple them from the support surface whether it's a desk or a speaker stand. I've seen everything from foam to ceramic discs to little metal spikes to cement pavers/blocks to books be used for the same thing. I actually use old medical textbooks. I've seen some people use granite.
Old 8th February 2007
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Auralex Mo-Pads work great for me. They :

-Decouple the LF somewhat
-Raise the speaker from the desk somewhat which helps alleviate reflections
-Provides Angle (Incline/Decline) options. [+10, +5 , 0 , -5 , -10 Degrees]

Not the best solution, but a pretty damn decent one, and the price is cheap.

I like em.

And as for your original question the point of putting something under the monitors is to decouple them from the surface they rest on, thus hopefully stopping the speaker from directly resonating that which they stand upon.

Old 8th February 2007
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Auralex Mo-Pads work great for me.
Great product; reasonable price
Old 8th February 2007
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The idea is to decouple them, while making them not move. Foam doesn't do that.
Old 8th February 2007
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....while making them not move.
Sorry but I don't understand what your trying to say.

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Foam doesn't do that.
How so?
Old 8th February 2007
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Sorry but I don't understand what your trying to say.



How so?
Foam moves. It decouples, but doesn't solve problem #2.
Old 8th February 2007
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Foam moves. It decouples, but doesn't solve problem #2.
??? Well so does the wall on a flush mount monitor. Name one thing to float a nearfield monitor on besides an 'anti-gravity generator' that doesn't resonate ["move" as you call it]

Old 8th February 2007
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??? Well so does the wall on a flush mount monitor. Name one thing to float a nearfield monitor on besides an 'anti-gravity generator' that doesn't resonate ["move" as you call it]
You can sit your monitors on pillows for all I care.
Old 8th February 2007
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You can sit your monitors on pillows for all I care.


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The idea is to decouple them, while making them not move. Foam doesn't do that.
Old 8th February 2007
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I have my monitors on poles now, running thru a 2 tier little PA demo desk. Its the best iso I have had yet. But probably the cheapest/best I have used is cinderblocks painted black. Only a few bucks apiece. The grainy make-up of the concrete plus the 2 big open cells in them work pretty good at taming desk transfer-vibration.

Just put some felt or something under your speakers, the sandy surface is real rough.
Old 8th February 2007
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Get 4 neoprene promotional mouse pads...works !!!
Old 8th February 2007
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the soft pads mentioned here look interesting:

http://www.soundproofing.org/images/vibrationpads.htm

haven't tried them, but ran across it while researching
soundproofing material.

' 2" Soft Pads: $.99 Ea. A soft pad using a combination of foam and MLV. for delicate machinery like turntables, printers, etc. Use for sewing machines, too. (Use 2 stacked for each bearing support for heavy machines).'

MLV (mass loaded vinyl) would probably be a good material
to use as well.

-carl
Old 8th February 2007
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I use the IsoWedge pads from primacoustic. the hew a 6deg slope.
they work for me
Old 8th February 2007
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Some more ideas here - including cutting tennis balls in half...

https://www.gearslutz.com/board/showthrea...ht=china+cones
Old 8th February 2007
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I just use a piece of 3/4 foam, works great for my BX8s.
Old 8th February 2007
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A pretty cheap Low-End solution is using several layers of anti-slipping mats from the building center / D.I.Y.-store - their original purpose was to be put under bath mats.

I for myself trust in these in terms of some isolation/uncoupling performance as well as they actually don't let my monitors move X-)
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