Isolation Feet for Laptop


It seems fairly common knowledge that vibration is a form of distortion in many electric components, not just for turntables and speakers. Isolation feet seem to work well in most applications.

I searched around and I didn't find any information to suggest that folks are using isolation feet on laptops or desktops, despite increased streaming usage. In a great many cases, there are indeed heavy vibrations coming from within the computer.  Whether it is the fan for the CPU or even GPU to the all the various chips/transformers, etc or even power supplies and batteries. If adding isolation feet to a streamer, DAC or power supply makes sense, then wouldn't it also make sense to apply isolation feet to your laptop; if you use it for music?

Well, I am going to find out. :)

I ordered some IsoAcoustics Orea Series Audio Equipment Isolators with a max weight of 16 pounds. The laptop weighs about 6.7 pounds, so it shouldn't be that much strain, even with all the cables creating some measure of down force as they dangle over the edge.

My expectation is that the DAC will be able to perform slightly better due to reduced vibration across the USB port and power filter. The DAC is a USB stick (Dragonfly Cobalt) so it has a very rigid hard connection to the laptop; so vibration is very easily transferred.

Has anyone else tried this?

128x128guakus

Unless you use a fanless laptop, otherwise don’t waste your effort. Cooling fan is the main vibration source.

@limomangus 

I don't know, why don't you strap rockets to your shoes? Or maybe there are other ways to soothe your self-esteem rather than look to audio forums to address your personal problems.

@ozzy62 

I don't know, mostly because I work from home and I enjoy having a supreme reference system to listen to while I work.

I have a main sound system with floor standing speakers and the whole 9 yards. 

21st century?  Really?  That's why turntables and LPs are making a come back?

@imhififan 

Perhaps. I am still going to try it. IF it doesn't do anything significant, I have an NHT subwoofer that would be perfectly happy with them.

Because I do. And especially I keep computers away from any hifi except for cheapo stuff in the office.

Be our guest and try it. For you not for me.

The best sources benefit from isolation. A PC is not one of them I’m afraid but you could prove me wrong.

Right.