SYMPOSIUM®

Segue ISO Platform

 
"...the Segue ISO re-mapped the soundstage wider, higher, and deeper than ever before, be it the clang and rattle of the Wuorinen or the airy acoustic surrounding the Swedish choir and organ.
...an easy recommendation for a wide range of turntables."

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-Bruce Kinch, Positive Feedback

 

 
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  Segue ISO - an affordable, superior isolation/damping platform without sonic compromises.

Expressly designed for analog turntables, but improves sound with all components.

 
"Spent most of Saturday playing LPs with the turntable on the Symposium. It is brilliant. Better than I had hoped. The bass is not flabby, the background is blacker, it just sounds right."
Dr. C.M., England

 
"just WOW what a difference... better clarity soundstage detail bass definition... awesome sauce Thanks Again"
J. S., Maryland

 
"On a serious note, I am absolutely stunned over the improvement the combination of the Segue ISO and the Prime inserts is rendering. Simply stunning. Thank you."
M. T., Ohio

 
"All I can say is 'stunning.' The Segue ISO is incredible and I'm hearing more clear and concise
sound than I ever thought possible. It helps take the Scheu-Analog Das Laufwerk to new heights."

D. N., New Jersey

 
"Here are some pics of the Segue platform and Rollerblock Jr.'s under my Sota Nova turntable...

I have to say it took care of the footfall skipping problem. I can jump in front of the turntable and it just doesn't move! Wonderful!

The sound is amazing! The detail is even more than it was before and the bass deep and non-boomy. I put a pair of Fat Padz under my tubed preamp also. Wow, wow, wow! Someone smack me because I must be dreaming! Sound staging is immense and it was big before! Love it!"
T. D., California

 
"The Segue arrived safely yesterday, again, thank you very much. I took the footers off of my table before putting it on the Segue. I would not call the results a tweak, the positive effects are quite significant including the best bass I've ever had in my room.

Pretty remarkable. I think you're onto something with this stuff   : ) "
S. M., New York

 
"Just wanted to let you know how happy I am with the Segue ISO. It does everything you said it does.
It cleared away clutter and noise and let me get my system dialed in so listening is fun, not frustrating. Can't wait to get those Rollerblocks in!"

J. M., Connecticut

 
"Attached find a picture of my Rosewood VPI Classic 3 on your Segue ISO platform. It improved the sound of my Classic immediately. The real surprise was when I tried your new inserts for the feet of the Classic. Wow, I couldn't believe how much more detail I heard with that little tweak. These items are keepers and exceeded my expectations. Thank you."
P. C., New York

 
"Well I finally took delivery of my Segue ISO platform this weekend and Boy was it worth the wait! Yes indeed it has restored my Hi-Fi smile and amazed me at just how much can be accomplished by isolation. It's literally like going from standard TV to HD by way of comparison...Once again thanks for a true quality product."
M. S., United Kingdom

Introduction
The Segue ISO takes up where the standard Segue leaves off - by adding unique isolation footers which correctly isolate and damp difficult vertical waves without the distortions and compromise of the more common approaches employed by nearly all other manufacturers.

Placed under all types of analog turntables, it's not just hyperbole to state that the Segue ISO achieves a new dimension of musical transparency in a reasonably priced solution. The ISO achieves its goal through an innovative, effective isolation system, combined with neutral platform damping - something you can't get with footers alone - and does away with the euphonic resonances, colorations, dynamic restriction, and "hifi" artifacts that are the bane of isolation systems that rely upon rubber balls, polymer layers, magnets, cones or air bags.

The Technology
The Segue ISO combines Symposium damped-layer technology with a simple yet effective breakthrough in footer isolation to provide both low frequency isolation AND musical spectrum damping. Usually, isolation platforms may provide one or the other function, but not both at once. The Segue ISO is the first platform to provide both functions at an affordable price. We guarantee that it will match or exceed the performance of most isolation platforms at up to triple its price, or more!

The LDSS Foot Isolator - Simple, yet advanced
We searched and experimented for years to find an affordable, effective method to isolate difficult vertical waves. While during research on the problem of isolating severe low frequency waves, we discovered and rejected rubber balls in cups as an isolation system in the late 1990s. Although visual tests indicated promising results, actual listening tests revealed that this method of isolation did severe and unacceptable damage to essential aspects of sound quality. Five years later, another company came out with this very same concept using a plastic platform and rubber balls. They were welcome to it; it's a terrible way to isolate high quality audio components! Similarly, sorbothane rubber pads, polymer layers and bumpers, while inexpensive and widely used in other "isolation" footers, platforms, and rack systems, were found to cause the same, all-too-familiar problems of bass bloat and overhang, as did inflatable air bags. We also experimented extensively with magnetic suspension, and while magnetic techniques have their uses (Symposium has been awarded two U.S. patents that involve magnetic techniques), we also rejected these for isolation purposes, since opposing-magnet suspensions exhibit markedly non-linear displacement which causes dynamic restriction and related distortions. The reason that magnets cause this problem is because as the opposing magnetic poles move closer and further away from one another in response to vibration (as they would in an isolation application), the repulsion force created by the opposing magnetic fields does not remain constant, but instead changes at an exponential, non-linear rate. Non-linearity problems are shared by nearly all of the above systems, and especially damage the sense of dynamic range or "liveness" of music. Low frequency isolation requires that the opposing, isolating forces remain as constant as possible under the influence of vibratory waves. If they do not, a new form of distortion will be transferred to the component. You may get rid of catastrophic footfall problems, but you will have irrevocably damaged and compromised the musical quality that your isolated component is capable of providing. Making things even worse is the fact that rubber and sorbothane materials block the mechanical ground pathway, and in essence introduce a kind of "tone control" which, once in the system, marries the system to time delay distortions which can't be compensated for by adding more tweaks. The only way to rid yourself of time delay distortion is to remove the devices and techniques which cause it.

After more than a decade of investigation to find a solution to low frequency vertical isolation that would not compromise sonics, the breakthrough came when we developed a precision, conical spring design internally damped with aircell foam. While the initial idea of a spring didn't seem very glamorous or "high tech," this is a better spring design, and one with a superior pedigree. The coils of precision conical stainless steel springs nest within themselves, and as they do so, exhibit linear displacement characteristics over their entire compression range - meaning that as displacement occurs in response to wave vibration, the amount of resistance or opposing force remains constant and linear. This factor dramatically improves the sense of dynamics in the affected component (nothing else robs music of life more than the restriction of quickly changing energy levels), and preserves bass integrity and transient accuracy. In addition, special internal damping material eliminates any resonances which may be caused by the metal material of the spring footer itself, and further damps isolation response to eliminate "ringing" or overhang. Further, the footer's conical shape terminates to a point, emulating the drainage and damping characteristics of cones, points, and spikes. Taken all together, the Linear Displacement Suspension System is a deceptively simple yet effective method of releasing sonic performance untapped in nearly all turntables, regardless of price; but it is also effective for ANY source or active component, such as digital source players, preamplifiers, amplifiers, and more, and will enhance their performance as well.

Component Load Matching for Low Frequency Isolation
Although the Segue ISO works well with a wide range of component weights, optimizing the weight of the component to the ISO suspension should be observed for best results. An ISO platform can be tailor-made for virtually any weight load upon special order, but is commonly made available in two versions, "LD" (Light Duty), and "MD" (Medium Duty); see table below. Best low frequency isolation effectiveness will occur with component weights that approach but are not greater than these limits. If you have a special weight range or limit in mind, please contact your dealer or Symposium direct.

Setup Recommendations for Proper Results
All Symposium platforms will work best if rubber or sorbothane feet or footers are bypassed or omitted altogether. While these types of feet are often supplied, especially by turntable manufacturers, as a "minimum" approach to providing some kind of isolation, rubber and sorbothane block the ability of the platform itself to absorb and dissipate vibratory energy from the component's chassis. Energy drainage or resonance damping is a vital aspect of vibration control, and rubber feet usually cause unwanted, non-linear resonances which negatively affect bass and midbass definition and quality. Further, very soft "ball type" feet represent a non-linear suspension, and the secondary suspension resonance caused by these soft rubber footers will usually interact unfavorably with the ISO's suspension system, and can cause even greater problems with footfall and feedback. Further, when placed on a Segue ISO platform, such footer suspension systems become superfluous, since the idea of a Symposium platform is for it to essentially be an extension of the component's chassis, so that internal resonances and generated mechanical energy can be absorbed and neutrally dissipated. Therefore, for best sonic results, always couple components (and turntables) to the top of the Segue ISO through hard footers (such as metallic points, cones, Symposium Couplers, SuperCouplers, Fat Padz or Rollerblocks), and not a soft or compliant one, because hard footers provide good mechanical throughput, necessary for an effective mechanical ground circuit. It is not usually necessary to remove the existing feet, as long as the rigid footer device contacts the chassis or plinth directly. Bypassing or getting rid of rubber footers altogether can often be the single most beneficial and affordable improvement one can make to realize better sound and accounts for the success of the basic metal equipment cone, which first appeared on the hi-fi horizon 40 years ago.

Going Further: Achieving 6 Degrees of Isolation
Used by itself, the ISO reduces or eliminates floor-borne disturbances as well as bass feedback, but very difficult installations may benefit from more comprehensive low frequency isolation. By adding a set of Rollerblock Jr., HDSE, or Series 2+, Rollerblocks, 6 degrees of freedom isolation can be achieved. The Rollerblock® system provides nearly perfect X-Y axis or lateral wave isolation, while the Segue ISO provides Z-axis or vertical wave isolation. This combination provides a "6 degrees of freedom" true isolation system, otherwise only available in systems costing many thousands of dollars, and at its very affordable price, represents a cost breakthrough in effective isolation/damping performance. Further, dedicated active isolation platforms are not made for audio components, but rather for scientific instruments such as electron microscopes, etc., and provide little or no damping throughout the audible range of music, because resonance neutrality through the upper nine octaves of the audio spectrum is irrelevant to technical instrument applications. The Segue ISO, like all Symposium Platforms, provides the neutral, critically damped interface necessary with any audio component, and as such, is a comprehensive solution for anyone desiring to enhance the emotional involvement and excitement promised by the musical experience.

Weight Capacity
The Segue ISO is currently available in two versions, LD and MD.

Higher (or lower) weight range optimizations are available; please contact Symposium or your dealer for more information.

Dimensions and Weight
The Segue ISO is 2.25" (2 1/4") or approximately 5.7 cm height with no load, and 1.75" (1 3/4") or approximately 4.4 cm height with maximum weight load. A standard 19x14 (48cm x 35.5cm) platform weighs approximately 8 lbs (approximately 3.6 kG). While our popular size roster for platforms (see below) is still in effect, the Segue ISO can be ordered in virtually any size. There is NO EXTRA CHARGE for custom sizes as long as they fit into a standard size as listed below.

Standard Sizes
19x14, 19x18, 21x19, and 24x19; custom sizes available upon request.

NEW!
We now offer a heavy duty "Super Segue" platform for very heavy turntables and components. Please contact Symposium direct for more information.

 


 

 

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