Townshend Audio has been making products that break the link between speakers and ground-borne vibration since the 1990s. The brand’s Seismic Isolation Podium adds just 2cm to the height of a loudspeaker, but adds considerably more to its sound quality. Reviewer Jason Kennedy “couldn’t quite believe the improvement in coherence and timing it wrought, and the extent to which the sound is able to escape the boxes. Then there’s the bass, which is suddenly incredibly articulate, three-dimensional and powerful.”
Townshend’s Seismic Isolation Podium is designed to break the acoustic connection between the floor and the speaker, preventing the passage of deleterious vibrations both to and from the speaker cabinets.
If you’re in any doubt about whether or why that’s an absolute necessity before any speaker can perform to its true potential, the company provides a detailed explanation: Earthquakes on hi-fi.
Available in five standard sizes, the Podiums can accommodate any size and weight of speaker – standmount plus stand, floorstander or subwoofer (and they’re also available to special order to accommodate true behemoths).
Each Podium platform uses Townshend’s innovative ‘Captive’ Load Cell technology to provide a stable four-square footprint that extends well beyond the perimeter of the speaker cabinet. This also allows for easy fine-levelling adjustment of each Load Cell via a rotatable top cap. On the bottom, an adjustable foot compensates for non-level floors. The Podiums are suitable for wood, tile or carpeted floors.
“In all honesty, I’d say you don’t know how good your speakers are until you isolate them from the floor,” concludes Kennedy. What’s more, your neighbours will thank you for it, since severing the acoustic link between the speaker and the floor allows playback at more realistic volumes without annoying the folks above, below or next door.
Discover more and track down your nearest dealer at www.townshendaudio.com
Read the full review and discover all of the Editor’s Choice Award winners in the April 2020 issue of Hi-Fi Plus.