Loudspeaker & Rack Decoupling/Isolation
Herbie's Audio Lab is proud to introduce a completely new, revamped and upgraded lineup of audio loudspeaker and rack isolation feet. This new lineup of footers represents great value; only the finest materials are used, and all are manufactured and/or assembled in-house. By experimenting outside the conventional "box," we have solved several of the frustrating problems associated with traditional loudspeaker isolation, achieving new benchmarks for loudspeaker footer performance and versatility.
Fat Dots: made with Herbie's dBNeutralizer(tm)
Big Fat Dots
Square Fat Dots
This firm yet loosely crosslinked material is formulated specifically for blocking mechanical soundwave energies. Wide footprint gets a good grip and provides excellent lateral stability. Each Big Fat Dot supports and isolates from five to more than 200 pounds (90kg).
Big Fat Dot is 1-5/16" (33.3mm) diameter by 1/4" (6.4mm) thick. Perfect for floor-standing speakers, monitors, loudspeaker and stand decoupling, module decoupling, subwoofers, electrostatics, amplifier platforms, equipment racks.
Big, Small, Square, and X-Large Fat Dots are the same thickness and can be mixed and matched, or stacked, for unique applications. Use only as an interface between broad, flat surfaces (for use between spike and flat surface, use Herbie's Decoupling Glider or Cone/Spike Isolation Bases. For use on carpet, use Herbie's Fat Gliders.)
Fat Dots are not weight-specific. The major factor is the amount of vibration-blocking "beef" involved. Because of the wide variation of vibrational environments Fat Dots may be employed in, specific recommendations are not always possible. Various Fat Dot sizes have a lot of overlap in their capacities, so choosing between them in many cases in not critical. Standard Big Fat Dots, however, have proven to be particularly effective throughout a wide range of vibrational circumstances and loudspeaker types. Square Fat Dots are very popular as an isolation/decoupling interface between monitor speakers and stands (four under each speaker cabinet is recommended).
Big Fat Dot: $10.49 ea.
Small Fat Dot (3/4" dia.): $4.19 ea. Square Fat Dot (1.06" x 1.06" square): $8.29 ea. X-Large Fat Dot (1.5" dia.): $13.95 ea. Giant Fat Dot (1.8" dia. x 9.5mm): $19.95 ea.
Adhesive: Monitor speakers often sit on small stand plates, causing a potential for a speaker being accidently bumped off the stand. Blue Tac is a common remedy. Though achieving some isolation benefit, this material induces some linear compromises, sonically falling significantly short compared to Fat Dots.
dBNeutralizer Fat Dots are available with pressure-sensitive adhesive applied to one side or both. Sticky Fat Dots bond more strongly than Blu-Tac and can be difficult to remove if adhered via both sides of the Dots because it might be difficult to get adequate leverage. When separated, the adhesive layer might remain on the stand or speaker instead of the Fat Dot, though the Dots can usually be repositioned quite easily. Adhesive on one side only is recommended whenever appropriate.
Sticky Big Fat Dot and Sticky Square Fat Dot are the same as Fat Dots above (6.4mm thick), with the added adhesive not increasing overall thickness significantly. Sticky Small "Thin" Fat Dot is thinner (3.2mm thick).
Sticky Fat Dots:
Sticky Big Fat Dot (1-5/16" dia.): $12.95 ea. Sticky Square Fat Dot (1.06" x 1.06" square): $10.59 ea. Sticky Small "Thin" Fat Dot (15/16" dia.): $4.74 ea.
Von Schweikert Special: For module decoupling, eight Big Fat Dots plus two Square Fat Dots. Use four Big Fat Dots per speaker, one near each corner, with a Square Fat Dot in the middle.
Von Schweikert Special: $87.29
Ascendo C8 Special: Ten specially sized, extra-thick 35mm x 9.5mm Fat Dots, upgrade replacement for the ten rubber pucks used between a pair of Ascendo C8 speakers and stands. C8 Fat Dots can be used for other loudspeakers and other decoupling chores as well.
Ascendo C8 Special: $135.49
C8 Fat Dot (35mm x 9.5mm): $14.98 ea.
"Thin" Fat Dot
A thin layer of Herbie's dBNeutralizer material for decoupling and isolation in a moderate vibrational environment. Great as an interface between top of loudspeaker cabinet and weight. Polished granite slab, sandstone, paving block, ceramic tile, or other material placed on top of a loudspeaker cabinet or subwoofer can help to stabilize cabinet vibrations. Using "Thin" Fat Dots as an interface makes these materials even more effective and at the same time eliminates any sonic character the material might introduce.
Also great under vibration-control platforms and other general decoupling applications where a semi-firm interface is desired.
Same as Big Fat Dots above, but 1/2 the thickness (1/8").
"Thin" Fat Dot: 1-5/16" diameter.
(Small: 15/16" diameter.)
"Thin" Fat Dot: $5.19 ea.
(Small: $2.69 ea.)
Floor-Standing Loudspeaker & Rack Isolation and Mobility
In addition to superb isolation, floor-standing loudspeakers need mobility for fine-tuning soundstage and imaging, to find the best interaction with room acoustics, and for aesthetic or social reasons. Conventional casters are terrible for audio applications, because various rollers and wheel housings introduce reverberations from floor and loudspeaker vibrations, adversely affecting the loudspeakers' performance.
Loudspeakers and equipment racks scarcely need to be rolled rolled around, not like a service cart at a hotel. They just need to be moved a little from time to time. Rather than rolling on wheels, an ability to slide across the floor is sufficient. Herbie's loudspeaker Gliders enable mobility on bare floors and carpeted floors while providing superb decoupling and sonic improvement. Besides general overall benefit throughout the sonic spectrum, deeply extending, linear bass with pronounced definition is the most consistently reported improvement achieved with Herbie's Gliders.
Positioning, like toeing the speakers in or out just a little, moving them closer to a corner or away from a wall, can have dramatic acoustical effect. Bass response, linearity and soundstage imaging are among the acoustic phenomenon addressed by speaker positioning. With any change in room decor or upgrade of components or accessories, some readjustment of loudspeaker positioning is often beneficial to maintain proper phase relations and bring everything up to the next level.
Special note about Gliders: when moving speakers on Gliders, always push cautiously from the bottom of the speaker cabinet or rack, not from the top.
Little Fat Glider
Herbie's dBNeutralizer Fat Dot with Magic Slider provides mobility and superb "Fat Dot" decoupling on almost any kind of smooth floor or thin, unpadded carpet. With extra-thick dBNeutralizer pad and smooth polymer bottom, Little Fat Glider achieves a superior level of sonic perfection. Superb for loudspeakers and cabinets weighing up to about 100 pounds (45kg) on bare or thinly carpeted floor. When used for stationary support only, four Little Fat Gliders will support and isolate loudspeakers up to 200 pounds, audio racks/cabinets up to 500 pounds or more.
With pressure-sensitive adhesive (also available without adhesive).
Recommended to support broad, flat surfaces only; not for use under spikes.
Dimensions: 1-3/8" diameter by 1/2" high.
Little Fat Glider
Giant Fat Glider
For decoupling large and heavy speakers, cabinets, and racks. Herbie's extra-thick (3/8") dBNeutralizer Giant Fat Dot, embedded in a Magic Slider with smooth polymer bottom, grips the cabinet bottom (no need for screw or glue). Provides unsurpassed isolation/decoupling, holding loudspeakers vibration-free, reducing vibration-influenced distortion for the ultimate sonic enjoyment. Appropriate for loudspeakers and cabinets of virtually any weight on any bare or carpeted floor.
Perfect as a decoupling/isolation base even when mobility is not an issue.
2.36" wide by .63" tall (60mm x 16mm).
Giant Fat Glider
Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider
Loudspeaker spikes are more effective when used in conjunction with Herbie's dBNeutralizer decoupling, especially with wood or suspended floors, whether carpeted or bare. Likewise, if your spikes couple firmly to your cabinet and are themselves solid and relatively free of coloration, they will complement Herbie's Decoupling Gliders very well by easing some of the workload and making the Gliders even more efficient. (Herbie's Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders are used under your present spikes or cones.)
Features fiberglass-reinforced dBNeutralizer(tm) decoupling base and extra-thick brass, stainless steel or titanium disk. Fitted into Magic Sliders, they can be used on virtually any kind of floor, bare or carpeted, with easy-sliding mobility. Extra-deep conical indentation prevents spike from slipping out when lateral pressure is applied. Suitable for audio racks, stands and loudspeakers of virtually any weight. 1-3/8" diameter by 1/2" tall. With speaker load, height from bottom of Glider to bottom of conical indentation is about 5/16" (8mm).
Brass: superb hi-end results with most audio systems (our default recommendation).
Stainless steel: superb hi-end results with most audio systems.
Titanium: best-looking and best-sounding results possible.
Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider
brass: $16.89 ea.
stainless steel: $18.89 ea.
titanium: $24.49 ea.
Giant Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider: Same attributes as regular Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders described above, with more dBNeutralizer "beef" and broader base. With embedded brass, stainless steel, or titanium disk, Giant Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders are ideal for extra-heavy duty, for severe vibrational environment, or use with speakers and component racks on deep, spongy carpet. Appropriate for use on any kind of bare or carpeted floor. 2-3/8" wide by .67" tall (conical indentation is .144" deep). With convex off-white polymer bottom.
brass: $32.89 ea.
stainless steel: $35.89 ea.
titanium: $39.85 ea.
Nifty glider replaces threaded spikes or cones for loudspeaker or rack isolation and mobility with superb lateral stability. (With an efficient decoupling approach, spikes are not really needed at all.) Fiberglass reinforced dBNeutralizer-filled vinyl base with smooth polymer bottom handles virtually any weight load on bare or carpeted floor. With jam nut to lock-in height adjustment. (Superb also for use as turntable or amplifier feet.)
8-32 (1/2" or 3/4" long)
10-32 (1/2" or 3/4" long)
1/4"-20 (1/2", 3/4", 1", 1.5" or 2" long)
5/16"-18 (1/2", 3/4", 1", or 2" long)
3/8"-16 (1", 1.5" or 2" long)
5/8"-11 (female for Salamander)
M5 (16mm long)
M6 (16mm, 20mm, or 25mm long)
M8 (15mm, 20mm, or 40mm long)
M10 (25mm long)
Metric thread pitch:
M5=0.8, M6=1, M8=1.25, M10=1.5
Suitable for loudspeakers and audio racks of any weight on bare floor or carpet.
Dimensions: width: 1.3" (33.3mm) · mounted height: ≈ .4" (10mm)
Threaded Stud Glider
*(Price is slightly higher for 5/16", M8 and larger threads.)
Isolation Bases: Use under cones, spikes, or other rigid feet on bare floor, shelf or platform.
What it is:
dBNeutralizer(tm) is a unique composite of platinum-cured silicones with barium sulfate and silica fillers.
Big Fat Dot blocks the mechanical transfer of acoustic-generated vibration by the following amounts (in compliance with ASTM E 90 Test Standards):
Freq: Transmission loss, dB: <20 6 ~ 18 20 16 40 19 50 22 100 23 150 20 250 24 300 23 400 26 500 27 650 29 800 31 1000 33 1250 36 1600 37 2000 39 2500 41 3200 43 4000 44 5000 43 >5000 ≥43
90-day money-back trial period. Lifetime Warranty! Herbie's isolation feet are guaranteed to improve the performance of audio and video components by reducing vibration-induced distortion. Give them a try – you'll be surprised how great-sounding your present equipment is!
Direct from the manufacturer, Herbie's Audio Lab offers low prices, high value!
Message: What would you suggest using under Merlin VSM speakers? These have spikes and are designed to be firmly attached to the floor. I have hardwood floors.
Also, on the same surface what would be best for a component rack system with spikes?
Thanks so much, I love your products.
Webmaster's reply: For VSM speakers, a Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider under each of the stock spikes. For the component rack, a regular or Giant Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider under each spike.
Message: Good morning STEVE:
which do you recommend to place under Vandersteen 2Cs on stands, on a padded carpet, Superior Decoupling Spikes or Giant Fat Glider.
Webmaster's reply: Giant Fat Gliders.
Message: Hello - I'm considering getting the Giant decoupling gliders to isolate my rack - I think it's a high vibration area because I have buses going outside my window...
If this is not the case will the isolation performance be reduced compared to the normal decoupling gliders?
Webmaster's reply: I don't think there is any circumstance whereby Giant Gliders' isolation performance would be reduced compared to regular Gliders. Giant Gliders have much more vibration-absorbing and blocking "beef" for the job.
I have this rack:
it has two shelves, on has a solid state power amp thats 40KG and the other a DAC that is about 16kg - it's all on a wooden floor
I'd lik to isolate both components and i sue the racks feet too? Please advise on which products to go for?
Webmaster's reply: Four Extra-Firm Tenderfoot isolation feet under the amp, four TenderSoft Tenderfeet under the DAC. A pair of SuperSonic Stabilizers on each component is always additionally beneficial. For the rack (nice rack!), either a Cone/Spike Puckies isolation base or Cone/Spike Decoupling Glider under each of the bottom floor spikes (or, Threaded Stud Gliders in place of the floor spikes altogether).
Message: Hi Herbie
I've got 2 sets of speakers
JBL 4411 (53 pounds)
Kef LS50 (15.8 pounds)
and a tube amp (70 pounds)
What would you recommend I put under these?
Webmaster's reply: Assuming these monitor speakers are on stands, four Big Fat Dots under each JBL and four Square Fat Dots under eaqch KEF speaker. For the amp, four Extra-Firm Tenderfoot isolation feet.
Name: Joe Jubb
Message: Hello all.
I have a turntable feedback problem at around 30-40 hz that has been (probably) identified as resonance coming from the base the table sits on. Currently, the t/table sits on a piece of 3/4" plywood, isolated inside a sandbox, atop a lead-covered 1 1/2" piece of MDF sitting on 3 well secured brackets hanging off the wall. Heavy. Sounds impressive (at least to me) but the resonance remains at little more than low to moderate playback levels. The table weighs over 70 pounds (Sony PS-X9) so any kind of an inner tube isolation base-affair is problematical...
Do you have any kind of vibration damper that I can place between the t/table feet and the sandbox platform that might help?
( I know the resonance frequency is in that range because I was using a Richter parametric eq to control it. But this introduces other problems and I am no longer using it.)
Thanks for your help.
Webmaster's reply: Ditch the lead and use Big Fat Dots between the sandbox and MDF shelf. Replace the plywood with Baltic birch plywood. Also, consider replacing the MDF with Baltic birch plywood. (Please use the "Contact Us" tab at the top of the page to send an email to us regarding any other questions you might have.)
Message: I have a cabinet with a plywood shelf that will sit on the horizontal legs of 10 L-shaped shelf supports. The horizontal leg of each support is 1/2" wide x 5/8" long. (The shelf will carry over 100 lbs of equipment, so I'm installing more than the usual 4 supports per shelf and reinforcing the shelf with aluminum stiffeners.)
Although I already have quite a bit of isolation and vibration control installed system-wide (including some Herbie's products), I'd like to further isolate the shelf from the cabinet by placing either a 3/4" diameter Small Fat Dot or a 5/8" diameter Extra Thick Grungebuster Dot under the shelf on each support.
Which product would be more effective for isolating the shelf from mechanical vibrations entering through the cabinet?
Webmaster's reply: A 1/2" regular grungebuster Dot between each shelf support and shelf should be sufficient and provide a superb decoupling interface. (If you have severe footfall or other macro-type vibration issues, Extra-Thick grungebuster Dots would be appropriate for a turntable shelf.)
Name: Steven Dan Higgins
Message: I have a SOTA Moonbeam turntable...and while happy with the table, have sat upon making certain improvements to it. First was replacing the thin and flat platter with a Music Hall Acri-Plat. It not only looked better...it sounded better. Then I replaced the hard plastic feet with Herbies Threaded Stud Gliders. These also made a visual improvement as well as a sound improvement. Audio is now more focused and far less smeared!
Name: Thomas Middlestadt
Message: Hello, I have some of your Herbie's "fat dots" and love them. Recently my daughter moved into an upstairs unit and she asked me to help her with isolating her Pioneer HPM100 loudspeakers from the downstairs neighbors. Thought that I would ask your opinion on this and maybe you could refer me to one of your products.
Webmaster's reply: If on bare floor or stand, four Big Fat Dots or Giant Fat Dots under each speaker. If on carpet, four Giant Fat Gliders under each speaker (Gliders are appropriate on bare floor, also). If on stand, a dBNeutralizer isolation product between stand and floor is additionally beneficial as well.
Name: please recommend
Message: I have Mirage OM-12 floorstanders sitting on laminate wood flooring. Could you suggest which product will help improve the sound?
Webmaster's reply: Cone/Spike Decoupling Gliders placed under the stock spikes is a popular choice with these and similar speakers.
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