When a speaker is placed on a hard surface, secondary internal reflections result. Any artifacts of this smear that is similar in the two channels is perceived to be in the center, causing the sound stage to collapse. The GAIA series of isolators eliminates this smear resulting in a larger 3-dimensional sound stage.
Three GAIA models tuned and optimized for each weight range
GAIA-TITAN series feature the same patented isolation technology as the original award winning GAIA series. The GAIA-TITAN series has 3 models with weight limits ranging from 145 to 280kg. (Ring for pris).
Does speaker isolation work on all types of flooring?
Isolation is effective on all types of flooring to minimize structure borne vibrations and prevent vibrations from reflecting from the supporting surface.
There is a common misconception that isolation is not required on hard concerete floors, but vibrations reflect back up from the solid concrete floor and also effectivly travel quickly through concrete.
When used on thicker carpeting, the addition of the GAIA carpet disks can assist the GAIA and GAIA Titan have better connection to the floor.
Which GAIA model will perform best for my speakers?
The GAIA model should be selected based on the weight that they are supporting. The weight limits we set are based on the performance curve. The GAIA perform well up to the specified weight limits, but once you are within 10% of the weight limit, we recommend using the next size up for best results. We do not recommend exceeding the weight limits of the GAIA’s or GAIA-TITAN’s.
What direction should the IsoAcoustics logo on the GAIA’s be facing?
Optimal results are achieved by installing the GAIA isolators with the logo facing forward, in line with the speaker’s drivers. Alternatively, they can be rotated 180 degrees to face the rear. The isolators are directional and are designed to be aligned with the speaker’s motive forces. The direction of the IsoAcoustics logo does not matter when used with turntables or audio components.
What direction should the IsoAcoustics logo be facing on speakers with side firing woofers?
We have found the best results by orienting the GAIA’s to be front-facing, in line with the listening position.
What thread size are included
The GAIA’s and GAIA-TITAN isolators come with thread adaptors for the 3 most common thread sizes which fit the majority of speakers. The thread adaptor sizes included are as follows:
- GAIA III – M6-1.0, M8-1.25 and ¼”-20
- GAIA II – M6-1.0, M8-1.25, ¼”-20
- GAIA I – M8-1.25, M12-1.25, ¼”-20
- GAIA-TITAN Theis – M8-1.25, M14-2.0, ½”-13
- GAIA-TITAN Rhea – M8-1.25, M14-2.0, ½”-13
- GAIA-TITAN Cronos – M10-1.5, M14-2.0, ½”-13
A wide variety of alternative thread sizes are available upon request through IsoAcoustics distributors.
My speakers do not have threads. Can I still use the GAIA?
If the speakers do not have threads, then the GAIA’s are not recommended. The OREA series is a common alternative when threads are not available.
Threaded inserts are available at most hardware stores and can be installed in the base of many types of speakers, but this is not typically recommended because of the risk of damaging the speaker. After the threaded inserts are installed into the speaker, the GAIA’s can be installed.
What makes the GAIA series different from all of the other series of IsoAcoustics products?
The GAIA series products are installed by threading into the base of speakers or components. The Advantage of this strong connection with the speaker or component is that all of the energy is managed by the internal isolators of the GAIA. This has a slight advantage compared to our other products which grip the bottom of the speaker by the isolators.
How can I move the position of my speakers after the GAIA Isolators have been installed?
On smooth floors like hardwood, we recommend sliding a cloth underneath the GAIA’s by tilting the speakers to each side. Once the speakers with GAIA’s are on top of the cloth, the speakers can slide along the floors into position.
On carpeted floors furniture sliders can be placed under each GAIA to help them slide into place on the carpet.
Can the GAIA be used on Carpet?
Yes. For thicker carpet, we recommend using the GAIA carpet discs for best results so that that the GAIA’s connect to a solid surface.
How are the GAIA Series installed?
1. Choose the correct threaded stud for your speakers, thread into GAIA, and tighten with the wrench provided.
2. Install locking nut and tighten by hand up against GAIA Housing.
3. Add locking nut to the upper threaded section.
4. Thread stud into the speaker (minimum 4 complete turns), align logo with the listening position and tighten locking nut up against the bottom of the speaker.
The weight of my speaker is slightly above the maximum weight. How will this affect the GAIA performance?
What thread sizes are available for the GAIA’s?
Each model of GAIA Isolator comes with 3 common thread sizes. If none of these meet your needs, we also have many other thread sizes available through our distributors.
The threads included with the GAIA’s are as follows:
The GAIA I includes M12-1.25, M8-1.25 and 1/4”-20
The GAIA II includes M8-1.25, M6-1.0 and 1/4”-20
The GAIA III includes M8-1.25, M6-1.0 and 1/4”-20
Can the GAIA series be used on stand mounted speakers?
If the speakers are fastened to the stands, then they tend to act as one and the GAIA series are recommended for installation on the floor stand.
If the speakers are resting on top of the stands, then we recommend isolation between the speaker and the stand. The OREA series are a great option in this case.
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“Install IsoAcoustics GAIAs, replacing whatever footers your speakers came with. In every instance I’m familiar with, the GAIAs produced a marked improvement in overall clarity…”
– Robert Deutsch, Stereophile’s Editors’ Choices of 2018
Installing the GAIA isolators on my KEF Blades gave the biggest improvement in sound I have ever heard on the system. Better than changing cables or electronics, the noise floor was lower, the focus was better, and the bass went deeper. All around a total success.
– Harry Weisfeld Founder, VPI Industries
I am tremendously impressed with what the GAIA isolators are able to achieve. Typically, I tend to be very skeptical, but after hearing them, I was immediately blown away by the difference the GAIAs produced. After a few weeks of having them installed and putting them to the test during our most recent BSO recording at Symphony Hall, I continue to be impressed and amazed. We have them paired with the already phenomenal B&W 802D speakers — Somehow, these isolators are able to make these truly amazing speakers sound even better! The low end is clearer and more defined, there is an increased sense of depth, and the imaging is even more amazingly precise. Truly incredible!
Needless to say, we love them! 🙂
– Nick Squire
Head Recording Engineer