Did you know that crappy speakers in an acoustically treated room can sound better than high-end monitors in an untreated room?
You wouldn’t believe how much impact good isolation can have on the sound quality of your speakers or subs!
Speakers and Subwoofers produce vibrations and resonant energy. If they are not properly isolated, these vibrations will be transmitted to your walls, floors, and ceilings.
Which leaves you with a muddy bass … and angry neighbors!
Subwoofer Isolation pads reduce these vibrations by decoupling your sub from the structure it rests on.
They will not only improve bass performance and eliminate room rattle, they will also provide a cleaner, tighter bass while reducing floor and wall vibrations, noise artifacts and complaints from neighbors or roommates.
Therefore, your subwoofer’s performance will be instantly improved and the accuracy of the original audio track preserved.
The sound transferred through the floor is minimized, resulting in reduced coloration, and a more accurate low-frequency response.
Without further ado, here are my picks for the Best Subwoofer Isolation Pads and Risers as for November 2017!
”Best Choice For Small to Large Subwoofers”
When it comes to isolation, Aurelex is the first brand that comes to mind. The great thing about Auralex is that they have a solution for every acoustic isolation issue.
The MoPads are their bestselling product in that category and provide excellent acoustic isolation for monitor speakers!
But if you are looking for a product that is specially designed for subwoofers, then SubDude is a great option.
SubDude is an isolation platform that comes in 2 different sizes, for smaller to larger subwoofers.
The platform dramatically reduces structural vibrations through walls, floor, and ceilings so that it preserves the accuracy of the original audio track.
Auralex SubDude-II has been designed for smaller subwoofers. It is a 15” x 15” x 1.75” Isolation platform and supports Subwoofers up to 200 lbs.
The larger version is The SubDude HT Subwoofer Acoustic Isolation Platform. This one is a larger, lower-profile version of SubDude-II. The dimensions are 18” x 22” x 1.75” and it supports up to 300 lbs.
Pros: Immediate and noticeable effect on the sound quality. Cleaner bass.
Cons: Maybe overpriced for the material which it is made from.Click Here To Check Price
”Recoil Stabilizer Speaker Riser Platform Base”
The Pyle PSio8 Acoustic Subwoofer Stabilizer is sold as a unit, It is made of high-density, anti-slip foam.
It stabilizes and isolates your speaker or subwoofer for optimal audio performance and eliminates unwanted levels of resonance
This helps promote the flow of ‘clean’ sound projection from your speaker. The result is a deeper and more natural bass clarity.
They do a great job to keep reverberating throughout your desk surface, walls and doors.
The size of 13.0” x 11.0” x 2.4 is large enough to support any larger monitor or subwoofer.
If you are looking for a smaller model, you can check out the Pyle PSi03 Recoil Stabilizer Speaker Risers, which are designed for smaller speakers.
Pros: Cheaper alternative than Auarelx SubDude. Even works with heavy, bulky speakers that other foam pads can’t hold.
Cons: Attention to detail in the finished product ( badly glued).Click Here To Check Price
The Sorbothane Hemisphere Rubber Bumpers are adhesive-backed hemispheres that can be used as feet, stops, spacers, and protectors in many applications.
They are pressure-sensitive and made out of durable and resilient polymer.
A package contains 4 pads. There are different models for any possible application.
Each one is especially elaborated to support lighter to heavier loads ( 30-50-70 Durometer).
The bumpers with Durometer 70 can carry between 25 lbs and 38 lbs each. This makes it the ideal model for subwoofers or heavier speakers!
They absorb up to 94.7% of vibration in sensitive equipment which has a measurable effect on sound improvement and bass.
Pros: Can be used for all sorts of applications or sensitive equipment. Easy installation: You simply need to remove the protective backing liner, position the Sorbothane rubber hemisphere and press it into place.
Cons: It does stick to wood and might leave some leftover residue when you remove it. The plasticizer inside the product may cause discoloration to wood. The adhesive does weaken in time.
” Ideal For Heavy Subs”
The Vibropods come in a set of 4 and exist in 5 different models. Each model is designed according to the weigh of the equipment they are meant to support.
For subwoofers, I’d recommend model 5 since it can carry extremely heavy amps, turntables, and speakers. The rubber pods provide a good vibration isolation on components.
Most of all, they decrease rumbled from a hardwood floor. Your subwoofer will deliver a more distinct, cleaner sound and sharper, more detailed video images.
Pros: Still allows you to slide the speaker without damaging the floor.
Cons: Does not take heat well.Click Here To Check Price
”Medium Sized Isolation”
Sold per unit, the Auray IP-M is a medium-sized isolation pad of 10.25 x 13″.
It is made of high-density acoustic foam and prevents resonant coupling. The pad stops the reverberation through the desk or speaker stands, therefore preventing unwanted resonance.
It gives greater detail across the frequency spectrum and a tighter low-end response.
They can be set at 3 three different angles:
‘Up position’ to angle your speakers up for desktop use.
‘Down position‘ to angle your speakers down for use on a monitor bridge or shelf.
‘Flat position’ to flip the pads upside down to set your speakers flat on adjustable speaker stands.
Pros: The 3 different angle positions.
Cons: Price.Click Here To Check Price
Each pack comes with 1 Platform and 2 Reversible Wedges. With their size of 12 x 9 x 4 inches, they are a great match for subwoofers or larger monitors.
First of all, the pads do a great job at eliminating unwanted vibrations at a reasonable price. Furthermore, they provide excellent isolation from your subwoofer’s resting surface and eliminate high-frequency sound waves up to 70-80%.
Pros: Cheap option when you are on a budget.
Cons: Foam is softer than other more expensive brands.
I hope that my article about the 6 Best Subwoofer Isolation Pads and risers helped you understand the importance of acoustic isolation in your home studio.
Please note that you should always double check the dimensions and weight of your subs before making any hasty decision. The material of which the floor is made ( wood, carpet, ..) can also have an impact on structural vibrations and performance.
Please, don’t hesitate to leave a comment below t share your personal experience and let us know which sub isolation pad or riser is your favorite and why.
My name is Angélique. I am a full-time music producer and blogger.I created Children of the Electronic Revolution to give you all the tools you need to help you become the successful music producer you dream to be !