Spiral Groove Strange Attractor Universal Isolation Feet
The Spiral Groove Strange Attractor Universal model has no threads or complication, simply slide these under the chassis of any component for a major upgrade. Universal can also be used under the feet of some components if necessary, but will provide much greater benefit when the chassis is placed directly on top of them.
Spiral Groove Strange Attractors are exceptionally effective
isolation devices and we find them immensely compelling. Designed to
quickly and thoroughly trap energy rather than simply transfer it,
Strange Attractors are unique and far more powerful than traditional
vibration control devices.
In fact, Strange Attractors act very similarly to a diode, which allows energy to only pass one way and not return. Strange Attractors
remove both internal and external sources of vibration, hold your
components very, very still, allowing your components to finally deliver
all the music in your recordings. The effect is absolutely stunning;
background noise vanishes, harshness and hash are banished, revealing a
gorgeous tonal purity and dramatic dynamic range.
Strange Attractors were originally designed as replacement feet
for speakers, since most speaker spikes are pretty awful sounding. In
looking at the specific demands of loudspeaker anchoring, Spiral Groove
designer Allen Perkins discovered that speakers sounded best when
decoupled from the floor, in direct defiance of conventional audiophile
belief. When speakers are coupled to the floor, the floor becomes part
of the body of the speaker adding its own sonic signature and changing
the tonal balance of the entire system. Strange Attractors eliminate
this effect, decoupling speakers from whatever surface they sit on
allowing them to achieve their optimum performance. Out of curiosity,
Allen tried them under various components and found the improvement was
even more striking, thus Strange Attractors were born.
The Strange Attractors use a combination of aluminum and graphite
in a proprietary shape. Aluminum is a high-speed energy transfer
material which the Strange Attractors use to quickly channel vibration
down to the graphite base. The unique shape of the aluminum top section,
both external and internal, improves coupling with the graphite base
and also reflects energy back towards the base make it very difficult
for energy to re-enter the component. The base of the Strange Attractor
is made from graphite, a fantastic material for absorbing vibration as
it is lightweight yet highly damped; the graphite base is bonded to the
aluminum top section creating a Strange Attractor.
Strangely Attractive Shape
The odd shape of the Strange Attractor is no accident, in fact, it is a large part of the reason they are so effective. As energy enters the Strange Attractor,
the sloped sides of the aluminum reduce the amplitude of the vibration;
as the energy strikes the graphite base it refracts, changing angle and
rotating the phase slightly. As energy hits the bottom boundary of the
graphite, it reflects back into the Strange Attractor rotating the phase
again and dispersing even farther; when it hits the aluminum the energy
bounces around again and back down towards the graphite base. Energy
gets in, but never gets out.
Strange Attractors are not coupling devices like cones or
metal/ceramic feet, which channel energy from a component down to the
shelf below, instead they provide a true dissipative action in and of
themselves. In fact, one could say that the Strange Attractors
are like traps for energy, once it gets in, it can’t get out. This makes
Strange Attractors exceptionally effective on virtually any device,
from transports and DACs to turntables and speakers, even equipment
racks. Try a set under your gear and we think you’ll agree they make a
stunning performance enhancement.