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The BBQ Bible vs IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155

October 21st, 2013 | 13 Comments   « Previous  |  Episode  |  Next »


In this episode Steven Raichlen’s Barbeque Bible goes head to head with IsoAcoustics ISO-L8R155 speaker isolation stands.

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  1. Dave T

    Another great episode, I “LOL”‘ at the tongue-in-cheek intro. This topic makes me really question my studio set-up using the popular “competitor’s” product. Thanks for the episode!

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  2. Keith Felch

    Nice job, Ronan! I currently have my sub on a small amp stand angled up, so that it’s decoupled from the floor. I have my nearfields on the Primacoustic steel/foam isolators, which are on a shelf on mydesk. Do you think there could be significant improvement by changing these out for the Isoacoustics?

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  3. Ernest

    Hi Ronan,
    Good stuff once again. Thanks for the vid. Just curious what the other popular brand is you refer to in the vid.
    Peace,
    EB

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  4. Rick Enbacker

    Hi Ronan, thanks for the test, interesting !
    Your test is actually way better than the manufacturer’s, which you can see here : http://www.isoacoustics.com/video_difference.php
    I’ve contacted them about it and we’ll see if they remove/update their video, but currently they show a test with 2 mics at the same height…but with one speaker on their stand & the other not ! Obviously this difference causes a huge gap, and renders the test pointless.

    All the best,
    Rick

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  5. Tucker

    Good information—-One must also consider that the Yamaha NS-10s do not have any real bass to exite anything they are sitting on like the Krk’s or other larger monitor. It is isolating the bass vibrations that isolators are best at and by doing that it appears to clean it up across the board by removing muddy low freqs. I would like to see a test to see if these $100 isolators are really any better than cheap foam cell isolators or other material that folks use. I have had success at decoupling speakers with lots of inexpensive stuff.

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  6. Eric Best

    Hey Ronan, great episode. I think what happens when you lift up the NS10 of the meter bridge is the equivalent of moving speakers away from a wall. The mixing board acts as an extension of the speaker baffle supporting more bass and mid-bass, which are severely lacking in an NS10.

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  7. David Gann

    BBQ Bible is awesome! Keep it hot, keep it clean! Try the Thai Chicken Satay recipe with dipping sauce! The other book has a great chicken wing rub recipe, and great rib rub recipe. Best books available on BBQ.

    I’m planning to eventually make a custom cast concrete work desk to use for the home studio one day. My ergonomics are a little weird, so I’ll get what I want and need that way.

    Dave G

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  8. Dave Morrison

    Hi Ronan…..

    I really enjoyed watching this shoot-out, your thorough approach and comments were very entertaining. Your positive results and endorsement are also greatly appreciated.

    I noticed the ISO-L8R155 stands are turned sideways under the NS-10’s which may have contributed to the results you were getting, as the isolators are biased and designed to be postioned with the IsoAcoustics logo facing the listening position.

    On another note: there are new IsoAcoustics modular stands coming out in the new year that can be configured to support and isolate larger systems including your 300 lbs. mastering monitors.

    Kindest regards,

    Dave Morrison
    President, IsoAcoustics

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  9. Moritz

    Hi Ronan,

    I’d really like to know how these compare to the regular foam isolation pads.

    Also: The BBQ Bible is slightly more expensive than foam isolation pads. I therefore wonder, whether I can get better performance out of my monitors by using these books!

    Cheers from Germany!

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  10. John

    Thanks Ronan again. I like your show. i was just wondering, how your BBQ came? lol. Take care.

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  11. Robert

    Hey Ronan,

    I was thinking that if you used the speaker bottom that you had in the B room as a microphone, you could probably record and see the differences in the isolation techniques or now that I think of it, any mic would do.

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  12. Carlos

    Now how do I get the BBQ sauce out of the faders? Great video. I’ve tried using those white erasers only at each corner to minimize contact. It seems that it is worth trying anything just to hear the difference. Thanks for sharing.

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  13. Kern

    You should do a BBQ Boot Camp man!

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