When I saw the ISO-Puck announced, I realised this isn’t the first design concept like this. At Musikmesse last year we saw the launch of DMSD Decouplers, which have a similar concept and form factor but with different materials. The ISO-Puck may prove more successful being associated with the IsoAcoustics brand name, but it’s interesting to see these making it to market.
IsoAcoustics ISO-Puck Monitor Isolators
Monitor placement, acoustic treatment and now-common calibration tools are just as important as your choice of monitor. These ISO-Pucks come in under the ‘important considerations’ heading when buying and using studio monitors. These look like a great product, but if you’ve got a poorly treated room and a bad pair of monitors, don’t expect miracles!
If you haven’t got great speaker stands, or are using a less-than ideal monitor bridge or desk to place your speakers, then these might assist you in achieving better efficiency from your monitors. This can, in turn, result “in greater clarity and focus”, according to IsoAcoustics.
They come in pairs so that you can by 3, 4, 5 or 6 pairs depending on your size and weight of speakers. Arranging the ‘pucks’ between the bottom of your monitors and the standing surface should de-couple any energy that would otherwise be transmitted into your furniture.
While the approach used by DMSD Decouplers and these ISO-Pucks are both focused on rigidity, IsoAcoustics have a couple of other features. They have added ‘suction’ surfaces to the top and bottom of these ‘pucks’ to try and hold the monitors in place. They also recommend you place the ‘pucks’ with the logo facing towards you, as the internal mechanism is aimed at resisting lateral movements.
This is quite a radically different design to IsoAcoustics’ other products, but these definitely offer the edge if portability is a concern. These are very attractive speaker mounts which offer a simple and flexible solution.
Although the DMSD Decouplers come in two various strengths, I get the impression prices are relatively similar. A single pair of the ISO-Pucks come in at just 59 GBP. However, remember you will need 3, 4, 5 or 6 pairs, depending on your monitor size and weight. For more information visit the IsoAcoustics webpage.