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?

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Black ravioli pads are a good bet to try , see or rather hear if they are audible. If not move them elsewhere as they really do work well. 

 

I can hear very clear results from using them to isolate my network switches so I think they will likely improve on a laptop too.

 

I've got everything isolated in the signal and power chains YMMV

 

 

Knock yourself out, dude.  Make sure to put some isolation feet under your listening chair as well.

@ryder 

A post earlier pointed me in a better direction.  The Townshend Air Platform. It is specifically designed to offload vibration from laptops. I believe that is a better option than isolation feet.

Also, Synergistic's Tranquility Basik is also an option and may well work together. One will handle all the EMI and the other vibration.

@mazian 

I received one isolation foot to test with and it is rated for light weight specifically.  Also, many transport products like DACs and Preamps are not much more than 6 to 8 pounds.  My laptop is 7 pounds.  So, I personally think it has plenty of weight to be effective.

With that said, it does seem as though isolation feet are not the best answer for this setup.

@tomic601 

You definitely hit upon some good areas to check with the limitations I currently have. I like the idea of finding some FEP heat shrink to seal the FMJ to the Dragonfly Cobalt. 

In regards to surgery on the computer's power supply and cable, that becomes more problematic because the connector is proprietary.  The seals on those connectors are difficult to cut through without cutting into the thin copper strands that are likely there. I think I would rather find a way to get a linear power supply that could power the laptop rather than neurosurgery. ;)

The one positive thing I did with the electric panel was discover that there were two 50 amp breakers that used to power a water heater and A/C fan that were closed off and no longer connected, yet were still pulling current. I turned those off and it did offer some overall electrical improvement to the entire house.