The internal squidgy bit in the middle of the Gaia feet means that when installed, the loudspeaker has a small amount of travel like it’s sitting on a well-damped suspension system. It doesn’t bounce like the suspension of a Linn turntable, and it doesn’t even have the freedom of movement of something like a Townshend seismic speaker platform, but if you are used to rigid speakers spiked into the floor, that slight movement might come over as disconcerting.
The Townshend platform comparison is an interesting one, not least because I have a set to hand. The two perform in an all-but identical manner in sonic terms, with deeper and tauter bass, improved midrange, greater image depth, more solidity of instruments, and improved dimensionality within a stereo soundstage. There’s a greater overall focus to the sound too, with a good sense of rhythm, and no downsides!
This is a good test for the Gaia supports because those Townshend platforms have been holding up my Wilson Duette Series 2 for almost as long as they have been in the listening room. Other supports have come and gone (the Nordost Sort Füt being the closest to unseating the Townshend), but few offered the same package of overall improvement without a compromise somewhere, even if that compromise simply meant an emptier bank account. The Gaia is the first that delivers the goods in a smaller, more manageable package, and at an attainable price.
The Gaia feet also can make the room have less of an influence over the performance of a loudspeaker. Granted, a full set of eight Gaias will not replace a need for room treatment, especially in an acoustically unfortunate room, but they will lessen the volume level at which any given room can ‘kick off’ and start to join in with the speaker, adding stray resonances and buzzes at a range of frequencies. On the one hand, the Gaia allows you to play a pair of loudspeakers louder in a room. On the other, it will enable you to play music quieter with less interference on a low level from that room: the perfect example of a win-win.
Unless spikes still speak to you so loudly that you cannot countenance any other form of support system on religious grounds, the IsoAcoustics Gaia makes a whole lot of sense. If you want to hear what your loudspeakers really sound like, put them on a set of these support feet. It’s like your loudspeakers just got a significant upgrade!
Prices and Contact details
Gaia I: £599 per set
Gaia II: £299 per set
Gaia III: £199 per set
Manufactured by: IsoAcoustics
Distributed by: SCV Distribution
Tel: +44(0)3301 222 500