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Llano, TXCarbide Audio has released an updated version of their Carbide Base footer incorporating a new way of mounting to equipment and speakers called Universal Stud System.

 

The Universal Stud System utilizes standard flat head machine screws rather than the proprietary step studs used by the competition. Most screw thread sizes between #8-32 / M4 and 1/2″-13 / M10 can be used in virtually any length depending on need. Each Carbide Base footer now includes 8 screws in common metric and imperial sizes. The Universal Stud System works by passing the desired machine screw up through the bottom center of the Carbide Base footer. A tapered bore keeps the screw centered and a removable polymer insert is included for use with smaller diameter threads. The screw can be threaded directly into the equipment using the supplied screw driver. Alternatively, the supplied machined stainless steel jam screw can be screwed in behind the screw to secure it in place.

 

Need a different size thread or a different length? Simply replace the screw with another ANSI B18.6.3 standard flat head machine screw in the desired thread size and length. No need to purchase costly proprietary step studs in order to mount footers to your equipment. Alternatively, the jam bolt can be removed to provide a cavity to captively hold a floor spike from a speaker.

 

The upper portion utilizes more robust selective bracing of the ViscoRing™ to achieve the desired progressive increase in spring rate without the need of an additional viscoelastic pad. The result is superior isolation performance towards the higher end of the weight range for each ViscoRing™.

Additionally, the lower portion of the Carbide Base footer has been optimized to reduce the total height of the footer by 13% or 8.2 mm (0.33 in). The range of height adjustment has been also been increased by 280% allowing adjustment from a minimum height of 59 mm (2.2 in) to a maximum of 74 mm (2.9 in). The additional height adjustment can aid not just in leveling of equipment, but also for adjusting rake angle or tweeter level height when utilized under loudspeakers.

A new red Super Heavy ViscoRing™ has been added with an effective supporting weight of 361 kg (800 lbs) when used as a set of 4. The Super Heavy utilizes a stiffer formulation more ideal for use under heavy racks or extremely large speakers. The existing black Heavy ViscoRing™ has been reformulated to offer a 10% higher level of damping with a new maximum supporting weight of 128 kg (280 lbs). The increased damping of the Heavy ViscoRing™ improves performance under typical heavy equipment compared to the previous formulation.

 

All Carbide Base footers now include 3 spikes for optional use on carpeted floors. A single spike can also optionally be threaded into the top of the jam bolt. With this upward facing configuration the spike can directly contact the under side of equipment to improve coupling.

Llano, TX – Carbide Audio is pleased to announce a partnership with Sound|Kaos of Switzerland to provide a vibration control solution for their award winning line of speakers and subwoofer. Carbide Base footers can now be found as standard equipment under their new flagship LIBER|8 speaker and DSUB15 subwoofer.

 

Sound|Kaos leverages the low frequency vibration isolation and damping performance provided by the patent pending design of Carbide Base footers to deliver new levels of clarity to the mid-range and bass on their innovative designs.

Srajan Ebaen at 6moons has published a review of our Carbide Base footers. Srajan used 12 Carbide Base footers in several configurations between his two loudspeaker systems. As typical of Srajan’s reviews, he digs deep into the technical aspects of our Carbide Base footers as they relate to the sonic changes they impart. On the topic of multi-axis vibration isolation, he noted:

 

The upshot is clear. Vertical isolation—call it the anti-jackhammer orientation—seems particularly effective at disrupting the migration and amplification of mechanical resonances generated by powerful bass makers on a floor.

 

Srajan opted to keep our Carbide Base footers under his prototype sound|kaos subwoofer. We hope you continue to enjoy them Srajan!

 

HiFi Knights out of Poland has published a comprehensive review our Carbide Base footers. Dawid Grzyb interviews Carbide Audio founder Jeff Jenkins about the founding of the company and on various technical aspects of the design of the Carbide Base footers. Dawid writes on his listening experiences:

 

No blind luck secured this first win but the man’s decoupling method of choice that turned out efficacious regardless of application; brilliant under speakers, highly beneficial with a DAC and meaningful elsewhere. All in all, color me impressed.

 

Thank you for the kind words Dawid. You can read the complete review on the HiFi Knights website: http://hifiknights.com/reviews/accessories/carbide-audio-carbide-bases/

Llano, TXCarbide Audio is pleased to announce two new packaging forms for the Carbide Base audio footers. Carbide Base footers are now available either individually or as a Loudspeaker Kit which includes eight Carbide Base footers. The ViscoRing™ viscoelastic material for use in the Carbide Base footers is also now available individually. ViscoRings™ are available in light, medium, and heavy for various supporting weights.

 

The new product packaging is in response to customer feedback to allow purchasing of our Carbide Base footers in the specific quantity and weight ranges that they will be used in. Our new ordering process allows selection of the desired ViscoRing™ at the time of the order. There is now the ability to purchase ViscoRings™ in a different weight at a later date if needed.

 

The new Loudspeaker Kit provides savings to customers who purchase them for their most popular use which is under a pair of loudspeakers. Additionally, the Loudspeaker Kit includes floor spikes for use on carpets and sets of threaded studs for optionally mounting to the bottom of loudspeakers.

 

The Loudspeaker Kit is available immediately. Individual Carbide Base footers and ViscoRings™ are available for pre-order with shipments starting November 22nd, 2021. They are available for purchase and pre-order from our website.