Isolation for power line conditioner?


I have heard that many gain good results by providing isolation for their PLC units and was wondering what type of suggestions/experience folks out there may offer. I do currently have my line conditioner (Sound Application XE12-S) on a slab of MDF on aluminum cones. I put this together awhile back for the PLC I had at the time, and chose this route simply cuz I had the stuff lying around and it seemed to be better than nothing. That aside, considering this particular unit is, I believe, primarily a passive component, what solutions and ideas can you throw my way? Thanks in advance!
centurymantra
Passive or not, every component is near equally susceptible to capturing air-borne vibrations which are typically far more prevelant than floor-borne vibrations. However, if a component has a motor and/or power supply, that is simply additional vibrations and resonance generated from within (rather than without). Regardless of the source of the vibrations, they still need an exit path away from the component.

I'm aware of only one mfg'er who considers MDF the material of choise for any serious type of vibration control and I know of no mfg'er who considers aluminum the material of choice for a cone, spike, or point.

If your budget is tight, perhaps the best little DYI project might be to pick up a smaller 1" thick hard maple cutting board, perchase three appropriately sized Audio Points from StarSound.biz that are tapped for perhaps 3/8"-16 or 1/4" thread and then purchase the appropriate carriage bolts or set screws to secure the Audio Points to the bottom from above.

You're probably looking at about $60 or so in materials and I doubt that you'd find any better performance at this price.

But this methodology is not isolation. This is mechanical transfer.

To the best of my knowledge, there is no such thing as total isolation from unwanted air-borne vibrations. Often times you can dampen by placing your component in a sandbox but the sonic effects should be a bit more unpredictable.

-IMO
The reason I emailed you on the side is because you expressed a desire to isolate (decouple) and I didn't want to change the flavor of your thread, but the seed has already been planted so: I use the Sistrum SP-1 under all my electronics, including my Audio Magic Eclipse. This is a much discussed, heated, archived topic: coupling vs decoupling(isolation). You'll find oodles of opinions. Coupling works (much easier to attain compared to decoupling) for me. Starsound Technologies has a money back guarentee. You got nothing to lose. I don't know, yet, of an audiophool returning them because they didn't deliver. peace, warren
Check out Vibrapods. Use the cones under your component and the pods under the MDF. You could also interchange the two. Be sure to get the right value Vibrapods for your project. See Vibrapod.com.
Thanks all for the input on the topic. When I used the word 'isolation', I suppose I was incorrectly using this as an umbrella term and was really looking for ideas on how to support the PLC, whether it be coupling or decoupling. And BTW, Warrren, I do appreciate the tips/info you passed along and I will say that I have looked at the Sistrum stuff in the past and have wavered on the edge of picking up one of the platforms here on Audiogon a couple times. Perhaps I'll take up Stehno's idea as a good starting point, and will seriously consider taking up Starsound's home audition offer as well. I've messed around with a few 'isolation' tweaks in the past and it's been rather interesting. I'm a pretty big fan of the Art-Q damper blocks to a degree that I simply consider them magical black squares...components of some strange alchemical process. I've got a Symposium platform under my amp that seems to work nicely, but with the consideration of the line conditioner as a passive unit (not even a buzzing transformer), I was a little stumped and looking for some direction.
I could be wrong, but I doubt adding isolation or coupling to your passive power line conditioner will have any effect on the sound of your system. I notice that of the above responses nobody has actually said it made a difference in their setups.