Arya Audio RevOPods footers

spiritofmusic

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That's interesting Barry, you're suggesting I consider taking out the silicon ring that is slightly damping contact between the metal of the RevOPods and the metal baseplates of my Zus?
 

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Stillpoints, I believe, are supposed to be screwed down just proud of the mating surface with no metal to metal surface contact. I'm curious how these Rev O Pods change in performance/character if used that way also.
 

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I'm gonna try metal to metal/Revopods to Zus, eliminating the silicone rings. Arthur of Arya is encouraging me to do so.
 
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spiritofmusic

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Ha! Always good fun tilting a 165lb spkr onto one support to remove a footer, adjust and reinstall.

Eight times LOL.

So, silicone rings removed, direct footers>Zu Al baseplates contact established.

Not a night and day difference (that's reserved for the experience in fitting them initially).

But a definite extra awareness of bass articulation, and general pertinence in the sound.

I've made massive strides w recent changes and the Revopods are a big part of this success.

On the basis of a few months' experience, they've been critical in sifting out some of the colourations Zus often demonstrate, music making via Revopod'ed Zus have taken a big stride to being far more neutral and invisible. Removing the silicone rings another step along the way.
 

Blue58

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Quick update.

Second set of RevOpods now under the SGM and I prefer them inverted again with Delrin tip to the base of the server.
In standard positioning they lend a haze to lower notes, most noticeable on descending piano lines, and slow down the timing of the performance somehow.
So we get there in the end after a moment of confusion and I’ll be planning on adding another two sets to my amps later in the year.
I think the guys on AE might want to reassess their RevOpod installations.

Cheers
Blue58
 

spiritofmusic

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Barry, don't you know the grand scheme of things/pecking order/food chain.

AE guys fall head over heels, and we get the fallout from their lovebombs exploding.

We're not telling them anything LOL.
 

spiritofmusic

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Revopods remain a major find for me. Stock spikes under my Zus ok, bespoke Lead footers better. IsoAcoustics Gaias a big step up, but the Revopods trump even these.

I'm on a mission to strip as much noise out of my system as possible and Revopods really help here. In conjunction w Symposium Sveltes and Panzerholz, the sound is tighter yet more extended in the bass, way better imaging, and greater clarity and calm into the treble.

Issues on some opacity in lower mids that I could never shift from my Zus is greatly mitigated.
 

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Marc, how would you describe the gains of the Revopods over the Gaias? Were you using the Gaia IIs, which is what I currently use underneath my speakers? I'm interested in switcing the Gaias to my components and trying the Revopods on the speakers.
 

spiritofmusic

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Adam, one of the more fascinating avenues I've gone down. This all caveated on me moving from what worked in a previous room (Symposium Rollerblocks RBs on a solid floor) to this room.

So, I got shot of the RBs and varied btwn my stock spikes and some bespoke Lead footers, the latter being a gentle uptick.

Read about the IA Gaias, all the good reviews, and tried them on sale/return basis. And an immediate impvt, lot's more bass energy and a general increase in stage. No bad thing.

But it became a little apparent that this extra bass was a tad euphonic. Somewhat the same quality and texture on every track, a little generic sounding. And if I know one thing about a good high end system, it's not to have character imposed on it by a tweak, but to reveal what's on the recording, different everytime.

Not achieved w the Gaias despite the bass warmth being initially v welcome.

Switching to the Revopods, and there was an initially apparent reduction in bass. But this was a reduction in the euphonic bloom of the Gaias, not on the recording. Confirmed by comparing w stock spikes and bespoke Lead spikes.

Now what was apparent was an increase in realistic and tonally varied bass. With the Gaias every track felt like the same session bass player was in the studio. With the Revopods, you know just who is playing.

So less euphonic bloom, but much more accurate and musical bass, killer on things like walking basslines, differentiating cello, viola, double bassist syncopation etc.

As usual w upgrades, get the bass right and so much else lifts up. Timing, air and imaging especially.

But no doubt that boost in bass w the Gaias is truly hypnotic to start and one could easily be distracted by it for this to be a deciding factor to keep them. Certainly if I hadn't had the Revopods on hand to compare, I'd most likely have been v happy w the Gaias. But the comparison was not subtle in the end.
 
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bazelio

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I've 37kg speakers, and it seems that either the model 40 or 120 would be appropriate. Does anyone have experience comparing between the 40s and 120s with speakers of similar weight?
 

spiritofmusic

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Bazelio, all I can tell you is Blue58 had the lower load Revopods under his 7kg Aqua Formula XHD, well within tolerance, yet the Revopods that had the greater weight tolerance, way beyond Aqua load, sounded far better.
Go figure!
 

adamaley

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Adam, one of the more fascinating avenues I've gone down. This all caveated on me moving from what worked in a previous room (Symposium Rollerblocks RBs on a solid floor) to this room.

So, I got shot of the RBs and varied btwn my stock spikes and some bespoke Lead footers, the latter being a gentle uptick.

Read about the IA Gaias, all the good reviews, and tried them on sale/return basis. And an immediate impvt, lot's more bass energy and a general increase in stage. No bad thing.

But it became a little apparent that this extra bass was a tad euphonic. Somewhat the same quality and texture on every track, a little generic sounding. And if I know one thing about a good high end system, it's not to have character imposed on it by a tweak, but to reveal what's on the recording, different everytime.

Not achieved w the Gaias despite the bass warmth being initially v welcome.

Switching to the Revopods, and there was an initially apparent reduction in bass. But this was a reduction in the euphonic bloom of the Gaias, not on the recording. Confirmed by comparing w stock spikes and bespoke Lead spikes.

Now what was apparent was an increase in realistic and tonally varied bass. With the Gaias every track felt like the same session bass player was in the studio. With the Revopods, you know just who is playing.

So less euphonic bloom, but much more accurate and musical bass, killer on things like walking basslines, differentiating cello, viola, double bassist syncopation etc.

As usual w upgrades, get the bass right and so much else lifts up. Timing, air and imaging especially.

But no doubt that boost in bass w the Gaias is truly hypnotic to start and one could easily be distracted by it for this to be a deciding factor to keep them. Certainly if I hadn't had the Revopods on hand to compare, I'd most likely have been v happy w the Gaias. But the comparison was not subtle in the end.
Thanks for the detailed feedback, Marc.
 

spiritofmusic

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You're welcome, Adam. It's no exaggeration to say they've helped transform my Zus from transducers good on all the big stuff but lacking subtlety, to keeping their edge on the macro picture but also hugely delicate and introspective now. To have helped take this challenging floor out of the equation is quite something.
 

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I can check on the footers
165lb each
 

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