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?



The incoming Synergistic Research Tranquility Basik is specifically designed to handle the magnetic isolation and additional EMI from the computer. It also has mechanical acoustic vibration mitigation.   I have the Townshend AIr Platform also incoming that will handle acoustic vibration traveling to the computer from the desk/floor. 

After what I just witnessed with the isolation feet on my subwoofer, I am confident that adding more acoustic treatment to this setup will be beneficial.


You missed nothing. Who cares what a speaker costs? It’s all the same tech. No matter how much you spend, it’s still a magnet with a cone attached using Copper wire using copper coils to separate frequencies in a crossover. OOoooh, maybe they use some high dollar capacitors! Sure, some companies use different tech, like electrostatic tweeters or planar technology. It still has to produce a frequency. It usually comes down to efficiency. How well what driver produces what frequency range at what level of power given. If it’s well designed, who cares what it cost? Besides, 60% of all that "cost" you think makes good sound, is profit margin for the company.

As it happens, the engineers at Audioengine have made a fantastic speaker. They made their own drivers and didn’t have to contract them out or purchase some off-brand. I am not using this setup to fill a living room with articulated, well positioned and clear sound. To do that, I would need larger speakers with more drivers. This is a small office space and this is a near-field setup. I have a larger setup for my main system.

Ridicule all you please, if it makes you feel better about yourself. It’s not going to stop me from building this system. You’ll just have to continue suffering my special brand of humor. :D


Yeah, I did the same.  I took my entire CD collection and used EAC to turn them into FLAC. I also took some of my tapes and records and turned them into high-resolution WAV files.

I actually saw someone add stone slabs to the bottom of their speakers.  It made a lot of sense.  Back when I sold speakers, there was a group of folks who built acoustic platforms for speakers. They used layers of marble, rubber and wood.  They claimed it extended and amplified bass response. Back in the early 90s, I had no idea if they were right or wrong, but I couldn't afford their solution either way.

Today, I could probably buy the raw materials and make it myself. 🤔 Although, marble isn't cheap.

@guakus  So, I will go out on a limb and say that loudspeakers vary in quality - both in components and engineering.  I mean, they don’t all sound the same.

I would think the audible difference between a well chosen $500 vs $5,000 speaker might be greater than that same $4,500 spent instead on cabling and mechanical isolation equipment.  But I am just a guy with two ears. I still like your sense of humor

Have a great day


I won't argue that speakers will sound different from one than the other.  Nor will I argue that an expensive speaker won't sound better than a cheaper speaker.

What I will argue is that a cheaper speaker can't be made to sound good/better. Indeed, that seems to be the prevalent argument aimed at my setup, "You aren't allowed to have good sound quality because your speakers (equipment) aren't expensive enough."  Despite the fact that the back end for these speakers are collectively more expensive than most of the people's speakers on this forum.

It's quite simple.  I found a sound I liked, and I tweaked and amplified it.