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SYMPOSIUM® FAT PADZ
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Fat Padz are stand-alone, vibration-absorbing devices which
provide effective, "problem-free" resonance control and vibration damping with
active and passive components. Compared to conventional cone-type isolation
devices, Fat Padz are more tonally neutral, and more effective at reducing
distortion, since they have the ability to dissipate energy as well as reduce
the amount of new energy that can be introduced into the component from its
support surface. They are more convenient and somewhat safer to use than
cones, since they are physically more stable and cannot topple over.
Description The Fat Pad is a mini Symposium platform- only 2" by 3" (5 x 7.6
cm), and 7/8" thick (2.2 cm) with tops and bottoms that are layers of
precision laser-cut, polished stainless steel. Their interior consists of 3
constrained layers, including a 3/4" (1.9 cm) thick foam center section banded
with textured vinyl edgebanding. The foam section is the same thickness as the
Super Plus Platform. A Fat Pad can be considered an "expanded" Point Pod,
since it is identical save for its thicker, banded foam center. Application
and Function Fat Padz are convenient in situations where a full platform isn't
practical. Their 7/8" (2.2 cm) height is enough to bypass most existing
equipment feet, and should be used to directly support the metal chassis of
active components. By coupling directly to the equipment chassis, Fat Padz
damp excess mechanical energy from the component's structure, dissipating it
as heat. By providing a non-resonant, non-compliant mechanical ground
connection which simultaneously dissipates energy as heat (an important
distinction to make over ordinary footer devices), Fat Padz reduce background
noise induced in the electrical pathways of electronic and electro-acoustical
devices. Fat Padz also provide isolation from vibration originating in the
support surface, such as a floor or rack shelf. They are very effective with
loudspeakers, and can improve overall loudspeaker distortion levels by
reducing intermodulation distortion caused by the reflection of mechanical
energy to the drivers from the speaker cabinet. Ideal For Stacked Components!
Fat Padz are ideal for stacked components; when convenience or room do not
allow other deployments, Fat Padz are perfect as isolation and damping
solutions for components which would otherwise simply sit on top of one
another with their built-in feet. By placing Fat Padz in between the
components, one will simultaneously damp both components AND isolate each one
from another, improving results. Placement and Set Up Place Fat Padz as you
would other "footer" devices. We recommend three, placed under the component
so that the stainless steel top contacts the underside of the chassis,
bypassing the rubber feet. If you're treating a small component, two may be
sufficient. If possible, "butt" the edges of the top plate against any
protruding screws, bolts, etc., as this will improve results.