GAIA Series

Improved sound clarity and openness for floor standing speakers.

INTRODUCTION

About GAIA
speaker isolators

The GAIA isolators consist of acoustic isolators contained within an elegant machined dark chrome metal housing. Incorporating IsoAcoustics patented design principles, the GAIA’s provides a high degree of isolation while resisting lateral movement and oscillations to maintain alignment with the listening position. Internal reflections from the hard-supporting surface are attenuated resulting in greater sound clarity and openness. The GAIA’s will reveal clarity and openness from your speakers like you’ve never heard.

PRODUCTS

GAIA I

For floor standing speakers and subwoofers weighing 220 lbs (100KG) or less.
Size
2.5” / 62mm (W) x 1.9” / 49mm (H)
Thread
M8-1.25, M12-1.25, ¼”-20

GAIA II

For floor standing speakers and subwoofers weighing 121 lbs (55KG) or less.
Size
2” / 51 mm (W) x 1.7” / 43 mm (H)
Thread
M6-1.0, M8-1.25 and ¼”-20

GAIA III

For floor standing speakers and subwoofers weighing 70 lbs (32KG) or less.
Size
1.7” / 43mm (W) x 1.5” 39mm (H)
Thread
M6-1.0, M8-1.25 and ¼”-20

INSTALLATION

How to install
GAIA isolators

Optimal results are achieved by installing the GAIA isolators with the logo facing the listening position, or rotated 180 degrees, to align the isolators with the speaker’s motive forces. Lift and place the speakers into position as the GAIA lower isolators will adhere to the supporting surface.

The GAIA’s are threaded into the base of the speaker or subwoofer to replace the existing spikes or feet. Threading the GAIA’s into the base of the speaker creates a strong connection with the speaker. With the top of the GAIA housing connected with the speaker and the bottom of the GAIA connected to the supporting surface, all of the energy is then managed by the GAIA’s internal isolator.

The GAIA I includes thread adaptors for sizes M8-1.25, M12-1.25 and ¼”-20. Alternative thread size adaptors are available upon request through IsoAcoustics distributors.

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Optional Extras

Carpet Discs

Designed to maintain stable support on carpet, the optional Carpet Spikes work with the GAIA isolators to provide improved performance on thicker pile carpet and carpet with under pads.

B&W Plate Adaptor

The B&W plate adapts the GAIA I to the Bowers & Wilkins Nautilus and Diamond series speakers. The ball-casters are removed and replaced with the B&W plate which provides a threaded hole for the appropriate stud to screw into.

B&W D3 Plate Adaptor

The B&W D3 plate adaptor replaces the wheels on B&W D3 speakers and provides a threaded hole for the appropriate GAIA stud to screw into.

M12 Vanity Cap (Sopra Cap)

The B&W D3 plate adaptor replaces the wheels on B&W D3 speakers and provides a threaded hole for the appropriate GAIA stud to screw into.

FAQs

Isolation is effective on all types of flooring to minimize structure borne vibrations and prevent vibrations from reflecting from the supporting surface.
There is a common misconception that isolation is not required on hard concerete floors, but vibrations reflect back up from the solid concrete floor and also effectivly travel quickly through concrete.
When used on thicker carpeting, the addition of the GAIA carpet disks can assist the GAIA and GAIA Titan have better connection to the floor.

The GAIA model should be selected based on the weight that they are supporting. The weight limits we set are based on the performance curve. The GAIA perform well up to the specified weight limits, but once you are within 10% of the weight limit, we recommend using the next size up for best results. We do not recommend exceeding the weight limits of the GAIA’s or GAIA-TITAN’s.

Optimal results are achieved by installing the GAIA isolators with the logo facing forward, in line with the speaker’s drivers. Alternatively, they can be rotated 180 degrees to face the rear. The isolators are directional and are designed to be aligned with the speaker’s motive forces. The direction of the IsoAcoustics logo does not matter when used with turntables or audio components.

We have found the best results by orienting the GAIA’s to be front-facing, in line with the listening position.

The GAIA’s and GAIA-TITAN isolators come with thread adaptors for the 3 most common thread sizes which fit the majority of speakers. The thread adaptor sizes included are as follows:

  • GAIA III – M6-1.0, M8-1.25 and ¼”-20
  • GAIA II – M6-1.0, M8-1.25, ¼”-20
  • GAIA I – M8-1.25, M12-1.25, ¼”-20
  • GAIA-TITAN Theis – M8-1.25, M14-2.0, ½”-13
  • GAIA-TITAN Rhea – M8-1.25, M14-2.0, ½”-13
  • GAIA-TITAN Cronos – M10-1.5, M14-2.0, ½”-13

A wide variety of alternative thread sizes are available upon request through IsoAcoustics distributors.

The GAIA isolators come with the 3 most common thread sizes. If you require a different size, they can be ordered through the dealer that is selling the GAIA’s, or through our distributor. Click Here for the contact information for our distributor for your country.

If the speakers do not have threads, then the GAIA’s are not recommended. The OREA series is a common alternative when threads are not available.

Threaded inserts are available at most hardware stores and can be installed in the base of many types of speakers, but this is not typically recommended because of the risk of damaging the speaker. After the threaded inserts are installed into the speaker, the GAIA’s can be installed.

The GAIA series products are installed by threading into the base of speakers or components. The Advantage of this strong connection with the speaker or component is that all of the energy is managed by the internal isolators of the GAIA. This has a slight advantage compared to our other products which grip the bottom of the speaker by the isolators.

On smooth floors like hardwood, we recommend sliding a cloth underneath the GAIA’s by tilting the speakers to each side. Once the speakers with GAIA’s are on top of the cloth, the speakers can slide along the floors into position.
On carpeted floors furniture sliders can be placed under each GAIA to help them slide into place on the carpet.

Yes. For thicker carpet, we recommend using the GAIA carpet discs for best results so that that the GAIA’s connect to a solid surface.

1. Choose the correct threaded stud for your speakers, thread into GAIA, and tighten with the wrench provided.

2. Install locking nut and tighten by hand up against GAIA Housing.

3. Add locking nut to the upper threaded section.

4. Thread stud into the speaker (minimum 4 complete turns), align logo with the listening position and tighten locking nut up against the bottom of the speaker.

We do not recommend exceeding the specified weight limit. The weight limits are set based on the performance curve, not based on how much weight they can support. The performance of the GAIA is still strong at the weight limit but is quickly declining above this weight. If your speakers are within 10% of the weight limit, we recommend using a larger GAIA model for the best results.

Please click here for information on thread sizes and instructions on how to determine the thread size for your speaker or subwoofer.

Each model of GAIA Isolator comes with 3 common thread sizes. If none of these meet your needs, we also have many other thread sizes available through our distributors.

The threads included with the GAIA’s are as follows:

The GAIA I includes M12-1.25, M8-1.25 and 1/4”-20

The GAIA II includes M8-1.25, M6-1.0 and 1/4”-20

The GAIA III includes M8-1.25, M6-1.0 and 1/4”-20

Click here for more information on thread sizes and instructions on how to determine the thread size for your speaker or subwoofer.

If the speakers are fastened to the stands, then they tend to act as one and the GAIA series are recommended for installation on the floor stand.
If the speakers are resting on top of the stands, then we recommend isolation between the speaker and the stand. The OREA series are a great option in this case.

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