vibration control - cd player

Hi all-

I've got a new Hegel Viking cd player here which is quite nice.  At the moment, it's sitting inside an Ikea cabinet.  The feet have a sort of small isonodes rubber piece. Is that sufficient?  Do I eventually want to invest in something like a Harmonic Resolutions platform?  Or the little EVP squares?  Or something else?  (A real audio stand is not an option in my very small room.)

Thanks for any advice.



First of all, I would give you and the player 2 months to break in so you really know what it sounds like. Otherwise you’re just tweaking to what it sounds like now and it might change, which is a waste of effort IMO. After that, I might start with a Vibrapod under each foot. This made a big difference on my Oppo 205 and it’s cheap. It could make it worse. I wouldn’t knee jerk to the assumption that any platform will make it sound better to your ears. Or, if you don’t want to wait, just buy the HRS and relax knowing you have a first-class product. A lot of this stuff is in our heads and if you’re going to sit there constantly thinking how much better it would sound with a high end platform, buy it and be done. I happen to like the Symposium svelt shelf myself. Thin and elegant and works well. 

I have always used  the appropriate Herbies product under all my components.


Be mindful and listen to bass exaggeration, tightness and speed when/if using rubber compounds for vibration control. Some sensitive and transparent systems can show rubber compounds as not always being the best choice. But some systems like that sort of sonic change. 

Try these. If they don’t help just send them back.

If you wanna get really serious about it look into Townshend Seismic spring products — they’re pricey but get universal praise for their performance. Best of luck.