As Dog is my witness, I will never live in an apartment again. Nor a townhouse. Nor any other sort of connected living structure. Why? Because I like cranking my home theater system, and I don’t like pesky neighbors pounding on my wall. Granted, it was rarely the five main speakers my neighbors complained about; it was the subwoofer rattling the floors and the walls and everything in between, none of which I particularly cared to hear during my apartment-dwelling days, either. If that situation sounds all too familiar, SVS may have your solution in the form of its new SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System.
The Isolation System consists of either four or six screw-in elastomer feet, with three different thread sizes available to accommodate just about any brand of subwoofer, SVS or otherwise. Designed as a less expensive (and much more attractive) alternative to subwoofer risers or platforms, the Isolation System works to ensure that the vibrations generated by your subwoofer go into the air, where they belong, not the floor. And as you may have guessed already, the Isolation System isn’t just for people who live way too close to their neighbors; it’s also perfect for those of you who have conventional foundations or upstairs media rooms. Less resonance and environmental rattle means superior bass performance. It’s as simple as that.
With the SVS Isolation System in place, your sound also won’t be nearly as plagued by chattering dishes, rattling light fixtures, and jiggling furniture (although, as I can attest to given the time I spent with SVS’s PB-1000 subwoofer, you might still need a mouth guard to protect the fillings in your teeth).
From the press release:
“Believe it or not, a common question the SVS support team gets asked is, How can I enjoy my subwoofer as loud as I want without bothering my roommates or neighbors?” said Gary Yacoubian, SVS president. “The SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System was developed for audio fans who want better bass performance without the room effects, and also for those who live in close proximity to neighbors, so they can enjoy movies and music without disturbing the sleeping baby next door, studying roommates or the elderly couple playing bridge below them.”
Granted, I’m not convinced that the Isolation System would make much of a difference in my current home, given that I have a slab foundation and thick carpeting. SVS isn’t claiming any spooky audiophile voodoo here; it’s an elegant mechanical solution to a specific mechanical problem that doesn’t apply to all listening rooms.
Still, though, SVS does have a 45-day return policy (with free return shipping), so there’s not much risk in trying the Isolation System out.
The SVS SoundPath Subwoofer Isolation System is available from SVSound.com now for $49.99 if your sub only has four tootsies and $69.99 for the six-foot system.