No! it's not because we hate your hardwood floors or your pristine carpet.
You may notice that virtually all of our floorstanding speakers have spikes raising them off the floor.
Therefore we need to isolate them as much as possible from the floor by using something with very little contact area.
Firestone Audio's FR-001 (No Longer available, We recommend Nordost Sort Kone) isolation feet with Spendor D1's
However, not all spikes are created equal.
While the generic speaker spike is a vast improvement over nothing, they can still be improved upon. Not just the materials but the internal construction and shape of the isolation spike or cone is up for consideration and improvement.
Wow! What a transformation!
While speakers can benefit greatly from being properly isolated, they are not the only piece of equipment that excels with isolation.
Disc spinners and record players may be the more obvious benefactors of good isolation, but they are not exclusive.
Amplifiers have some mechanical vibrations. Internal wiring and PCBs, capacitors and inductors, switching transistors and electron tubes all work on an alternating current which makes them sing, but not always in a good way.
Tubey, transformery goodness : McIntosh MC275
"As an amplifiers transformer vibrates, precious energy is being wasted as motion and sometimes audible noise..."
Big, beefy power supplies with transformers inherently give off vibrations. While a lot is invested in suppressing this, you can improve it by using some sort of isolation.
Again, as an amplifiers transformer vibrates, precious energy is being wasted as motion and sometimes audible noise.
By rigidly coupling the transformer to something heavy via a foot, it results in a much cleaner sine wave.
It is also important to consider resonance control for your equipment rack. Here is what one of our customers had to say about the benefit of employing vibration control products from Nordost:
Sort fut and Sort Kones are synergistic, you get more from either by employing both together."