More Products from Herbie's Audio Lab:
Gabon ebony dome:
Great for giving center channel or bookshelf speakers a lift at the front for some tilt. Tilt angle can be adjusted/increased by moving the domes incrementally toward the rear.
1" diameter by 1/2" tall (height varies slightly)
For additional height and superior isolation/decoupling, place a Herbie's Hush Puckies dBNeutralizer "base pad only" under each Gabon ebony dome.
Herbie's Iso-Cups are formulated to address vibration problems unique to audio amplifiers, such as transformer vibration, tube sensitivity, and proximity of microphonics-sensitive capacitors to chassis vibrations, to bring out more of the amplifiers' inherent dynamics. Although Iso-Cups are particularly effective with open-chassis tube amplifiers, they provide superb isolation and decoupling for other audio and video components also, both tube and solid-state.
Iso-Cups maintain a linear frequency response with full-bodied dynamics and texture, punctual bass, intricate highes, smooth dynamics with plenty of punch and detail. Isolates amplifier-borne vibrations from penetrating the audio rack to contaminate the sonic integrity of other components, and vice-versa.
Iso-Cup: Firm silicone-based formulation holds 1" ball firmly in place; ball will not roll.
SuperSonic Hardball: Compressed composite of metallic powders, carbon microfibers and polymers, this proprietary 1" ball is formulated to achieve the most sonically neutral and linear results possible.
Recommended for amplifiers weighing from 20 to 300 pounds (9 kg to 136 kg). For amps weighing less than 20 pounds, use Tenderfoot isolation feet.
Dimensions: Iso-Cup and 1" ball: 1.5" wide by 1.4" tall (38.5mm x 35.6mm).
Iso-Cup w/SuperSonic Hardball
( 8 or more: $2895 ea.)
Iso-Cup Only: $1749 ea.
(8 or more: $1698 ea.)
SuperSonic Hardball only: $1249 ea.
(8 or more: $1198 ea.)
MedicinBall with vinyl polymer base
Overall height: 2" (50.8mm)
Because Herbie's 1-7/8" MedicinBall doesn't squish with weight load, only three or four balls are needed for component support and can effectively replace a more numerous array of softer rubber balls. This in-house-developed hard silicone superbly absorbs micro-vibrations while preventing the transfer of vibrations from the component to shelf and vice-versa.
DIY Sandbox Decoupling: Imbed three or more MedicinBalls in a sandbox, then place a platform or component directly on the balls.
MedicinBalls are superb same-size replacements for Gingko blue or green balls and are recommended for components weighing from 5 to 500 pounds. Because the silicone-based material does not deteriorate with age as rubber balls do, these balls will last virtually forever and always remain fully functional.
MedicinBall (ball only): $9.49 ea.
MedicinBall with vinyl polymer base: $14.95
Frosted acrylic ball, 1" diameter: $.59 ea. [ click to order ]
Gabon ebony ball, 1" diameter: $4.29 ea. [ click to order ]
Lampblack ball, 1" diameter soda-lime glass: $.69 ea. [ click to order ]
Macassar ebony ball, 7/8" diameter; lathe-turned in the 1960's: $3.49 ea. [ click to order ]
Closeout: 1" gemstone balls, $4.49 ea.
Frosted Clear Iso-Cup:
shown w/ Lampblack ball
Pillowy soft, platinum-cured silicone holds any 25mm, 7/8" or 1" ball,
or Gabon ebony dome (flat side up). Sonically neutral, very efficient
decoupling. Different ball materials will provide different sonic results.
Overall height with 1" ball is 1.4" (35.6mm)
Iso-Cup only; without ball: $17.49 ea.
All Herbie's Audio Lab products feature a 90-day money-back trial period and unconditional lifetime warranty.
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Herbie's Audio Lab from time-to-time upgrades product listings to feature better, improved, and/or more universally adaptable products and lets go of less-popular items. Some products previously featured on Herbie's website are still available in limited quantity, or can be made to order. Custom sizes and unique parameters for some products can also be made to order. For info about any product in particular or special need, use the "Contact Us" link at the top-right of this page to send an inquiry to Herbie's Audio Lab.
Message: What is the best solution to support bookshelf Dynaudio active speakers? Thank you.
Webmaster's reply: In most cases four Square Fat Dots under each does very well.
Name: Pat C.
Message: Beautiful job on the 1 7/8" MedicinBalls. First impression is that they seem to have smoothed out some of the rough edges without losing detail. More musical sounding with better center image.
Message: I just received a set of 3 clear Iso-Cups with the Lampblack balls and placed them under my Cambridge Audio Azure 651C cd player. These replaced a set of Bright Star Isonodes which had been placed under my stock feet. The difference with these Iso-Cups, especially being in direct contact with the component chassis, was substantial. There was an obvious gain in both clarity and dynamic contrast while retaining the warmth and midrange texture that I am unwilling to sacrifice. The soundstage also seemed to open up a little bit and the background now appeared more black. I was going to initially place these under my Rogue Audio Sphinx amplifier but could not pass up the temptation to try them on my cdp first. Well, I was so impressed that I will not move them; there they stay!
I have a second set of the newer black Iso-Cups coming with the Super Sonic hardballs to try on my amp. The company's opinion about the limitations of Sorbothane footers seems completely valid to me now that I've been able to compare the material to the Iso-Cups.
Because of my initial impression, I now regret buying elsewhere first. I will now look to Herbie's for my isolation needs. This is not an advertisement, merely my personal observations. And one more thing: super fast shipping & considerate packaging!
Message: what mat should i use for a pioneer pl10
Webmaster's reply: A full-size (295mm-diameter) Way Excellent II-4mm Turntable Mat
Name: Jon B.
Message: Installed the MedicinBalls in my three Gingko platforms underneath my Blu-Ray, CD and VPI Scoutmaster turntable. In each case the clarity and level of detail increased and the soundstage became more focused. I would say the level of improvement was a direct ratio of the increased firmness of the MedicinBall compared to the standard Blue and Green Gingko balls. It really is a noticeable improvement.
Message: Love the t shirt idea as well. Tube dampener is awesome. Can't wait to purchase some feet and component stabilizers!
Message: Love the suggestion from JoMoCo about a Herbie's Lab t-shirt with the atomic tube logo on it. I would buy one for sure!
Message: I thought you also sold a cd/dvd cleaning system. Was it discontinued?
Webmaster's reply: Herbie's Audio Lab has never sold a cd/dvd cleaning system.
Message: Is there a ball holder/base large enough for a Gallo Micro speaker?
Webmaster's reply: The MedicinBall polymer base (shown above) is large enough to hold a Gallo Micro Speaker. When you click on the "Add to Shopping Cart" button for the MedicinBall, the Shopping Cart provides a drop-down menu from which you can choose "Base only, no ball," for $7.49 each.
Name: Jeff Mitcheltree
I've been thrilled with the SBH for my audio CD's. I decided to try it for my DVD collection. Amazing improvements to both Audio/Video. The sound is more natural and "alive". The video's contrast/brightness are crazy good. The detailing of images is off the charts. I'm very impressed.
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