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?


You and I have a few things in common. I, too, have down-firing subs (3 to be exact, 2 SVS's and one HSU). Together, they smooth out the bass like I've never heard before. I also incorporated Synergistic Research's purple fuses in all my gear that uses fuses. Plus I have an FEQx4 to bring out the best in all the HFT's, EFT's and PHT's in use. Had I listened to naysayers, I never would have had the gumption to build my own open baffle speakers. I haven't had a lot of different speaker experiences, but these are the best I've heard so far and given my age, probably ever will hear. Right now I am absolutely satisfied with my system. I hope the best for you. Just remember when you're listening to your music, it's about your happiness, not what someone else says "won't make you happy or should make you happy."

OP, seriously, if you want to take this from the theoretical to reality. Take home a real high end streamer… borrow one from a dealer Hook it into your system… the discussion will be over… assuming you have a high performance system. This is where the rubber meets the road. That is where my experience comes from. My background is as a scientist… but the results speak louder than hypothesis’.

@dekay ...laps are only good for 'Cat on Lap Disease' which allows one to depend on another to do the 'something' lap owner desires.

Cats are good at isolation, but too much of a lump to balance anything on....

Why does that lap & legs example seem to end at edge of that green mat?
The torso that should extend under it doesn't appear to....

(..upper half is keyboarding...)


My background is computers and electronics. From an engineering standpoint, the only advantage a streamer has is that it is a closed system. It still uses IC chips, solid state drives for storage and pulls in AC to convert to DC, then uses logic chips to convert digital packets into analog waves. It also has to use the OSI layer to process those internet streams. Another advantage over my system is better conductive ports than say, your average USB 3.0 port. Like balanced XLRs which I cannot use. *shrug* Unless someone can point out a very specific and proprietary technology only found in a streamer, then I am going to default to basic computer logic and construction which isn't much different than my system.  I'm not running Windows Media player on 96bit mp3 files through a Pentium 4 in Windows 95. 😅

Besides, I don't want to rely on only streaming.  The providers of "high end" "high resolution" audio are cheating customers by up-scaling 44.1 mastered audio to 96Kz or 192Kz or higher.  Very few studios are releasing straight from master high-resolution files.  I have a TIDAL and QOBUZ subscription and have determined both platforms do it.

Honestly, if people took me and my setup seriously, instead of applying tropes to what they "think" it should sound like, then I wouldn't need to borrow a streamer. However, I did check out a few streamers at Nebraska Furniture Mart in their Audiophile room. Their top end was the Arcam ST60 Streamer.  I didn't hear enough difference in what my system outputs. Even through their Bower's & Wilkins, running through an Audioquest Niagara 7000 and easily $50,000 worth of Audioquest top-end power and speaker cables.

In fact, it was at that point that I knew my system was on the right track and that what I wanted to do was very possible.  It's just I have to get all the pieces.


OMG!!  I got the OREA isolation feet in and put on my sub.  What a HUGE difference! I expected tighter bass and I got that, but what I didn't expect was that it affected my actual main speakers too. I have hardwood floors and the HD6 are mounted on a metal speaker stands with spikes (I know, spikes are NOT ideal for hardwood floors.  So, I have neoprene sheets under them.).  Apparently, the vibration from the sub was traveling up the spikes and through the stands and causing reflection on the tweeter, which is EXTREMELY sensitive to any vibration. It's a 1" soft dome, but acts like an electrostatic in its vibration sensitivity. The clarity picked up and the soundstage became more pinpoint.

So now I have high hopes for my incoming GAIA isolation feet for the stands. :D