Well I did it. Based on the repeated advice from the person that modded and co-designed my DAC/Transport combo I went out and bought an Isolation platform. I had been looking at Symposium Ultra Svelt Rollerblocks w/ platforms but I just couldn't bring myself to spend that much on something so unproven. I had spoke with two gentlemen, both with Symposium designed isolation plateforms. One person suggested he heard no differences but thought he probably would if he had spent a ton more and went with their reference. The other person was using the Ultra Svelt and found them to be invaluable. Either way I couldn't afford the Symposium and opted to stick to something more local and cheaper.
After talking with a few people I went and contacted the good people at Skylan stands. It's pretty much a one man operation. A Scottish immigrant from Canada, Noel, answered all my questions. He explained how it worked, what the keys were and cheap ways in order to provide better system performance via isolation. I always thought isolation platforms were intended to prevent vibrations from introducing themselves into the playback chain. They are, but there is a much more important use. Noel informed me the key is to take existing vibrations that are created and exist within the unit and to find a better way of filtering them out. Bascially you have cones or rollers ontop of a plateform. This is where the black magic comes in, and the patented substance fallen from Mars allows vibrations to escape from your transport and allow for a much more stable and noise free play back of your system.
Well, he sent 3 cones and a platform. The cones are actually ceramic feet and the board is basically 2 slabs of MDF with a substance inbetween. Noel chuckled when I proposed that he probably used normal cocking between the MDF, "oh we've come up with a much better material in the last couple of years". That's all he'd tell me, and his promises of better sound weren't as flambouyant as I would have expected. He was almost uneasy in telling me what I'd hear. "You really have to just try it, it can work very well with the right system".
I received the package a few nights ago. I decided to order one set for my transport. Noel told me it would work quite well with amps as well because of the vibrations caused internally when played back, but I had reservations. I have the ceramic feet in a triangle formation, with the platform underneath, my transport rests ontop of everything. I fired up a CD...Gun's and Rose's "Patience". To my surprise there was a difference, which was a blacker background and less grain. I'm not going to suggest everybody here would hear it. I know some people have a hard time accepting Powercords let alone vibration control but it did seem to make an impact. It was very subtle. Placebo effect? I don't think so. I would be interested in a double blind test with this thing underneath my DAC for a month straight. It does appear to make everything seem more detailed and stick out from the background. I doubt one would hear a difference if they don't sit down and focus while listening. But if you're into sitting down and focusing on the music I'd be surprised if you didn't hear a difference or smoothness. I guess smooth would be the best way to describe it. Smooth and black.
An interesting side note. I have a couple CD's one in particular "Groove Armada: The Best Of" that would quite often not load properly in my transport. Since the addition of the platform it loads everytime. I Have no idea how or why. The same happens with "Crash: The music soundtrack". It use to have problems tracking now it loads up no problems and much faster. It certainly was bizarre.