Given the thirty plus years of spike indoctrination that we have been treated to, this is a hard pill to swallow for many, but when you find out that Alan Sircom is using Townshend Podia under his Wilson Duette IIs and Paul Messenger, one of the earliest and most fervent spike enthusiasts, is also using Townshend Isolation under his Bowers & Wilkins 800 Diamonds, it makes you realise that anyone who really listens will appreciate their benefits. I took a pair of Podia to a friend with Wilson Benesch Chimera speakers a few months back; he didn’t like the bronze adjusters that the earlier models featured, but loved the sound and had to get some. It seems the bigger and more revealing the speaker, the more it benefits from isolation. My friend’s system literally came alive when we put them in; it opened up and started to do stuff that you wouldn’t believe achievable without a major component upgrade.
Genuine speaker isolation is hard to achieve, but thanks to decades of R&D, Townshend Audio has managed to make an isolation base that cuts out energy down to 3Hz and does so in a stable and easily installed fashion. Now all the company has to do is let the audio world hear the benefits. It won’t be an easy job, and there will always be those who prefer the character that spikes bring. But for anyone that’s genuinely interested in what’s on the recording, on hearing more music, they represent a major breakthrough in the pursuit of high fidelity, and that is what this game is all about. But don’t take my word for it, get a demonstration, see the light, and hear the difference!
Type: Loudspeaker isolation bases
Material: Steel and aluminium
Isolates from: 3 Hz upwards
Speaker weight range: 12kg to 240kg
Speaker base size: up to 604mm deep by 440mm wide
Dimensions (W×D): Size 3 – 549mm × 664mm
Weight: Size 3 – 16kg
Price: from £1,400
Manufacturer: Townshend Audio
Tel: +44 (0) 208 979 2155