This is Symposium’s largest Ultra Platform originally designed for large turntables but also suitable for any large component. This is a “density ordered constrained layer” design meant to drain mechanical energy away from your component. The 5/10 rating is because the top surface has multiple scratches caused by adjusting component position. However, the platform is fully functional as an isolation device.
NOTE: The extent to which the top scratches show is very much a function of the direction that light strikes it. In the first photograph there is barely evidence of the top being scratched. In the last photograph, however, I took pains to get the worst possible case lighting-wise and even increased contrast a bit – sorry for the busy background. The light is raking and, if you are familiar with photography you know, raking light highlights textures. I used this platform with my VPI TNT-6 and its 4 legs had 3 steel balls each – hence, the corner scratches. Other scratches are also visible. Also, I want to point out that the platform is designed to be used only with the ‘top’ up.
Dimensions are 27” x 21” x 3 ½” and this is a heavy component that wants to be placed on a sturdy surface. The unit comes with four ¼ -20 threaded Precision Couplers.
From Symposium literature:
"Use the Precision Couplers to support your component while contacting the bare metal bottom of its chassis. In this way, you bypass the original vinyl or rubber feet (rubber feet present a mechanical reactance to the mechanical “circuit path” between your component’s chassis and the Ultra Platform) and directly couple you component to the top plate of the Ultra Platform, which now becomes an “extension” of your equipment’s chassis, allowing better energy transfer to subsequent layers of the Platform. You will not realize maximum performance from your Ultra Platform if you only use the original soft feet of your component. In practice, we’ve found a good rule of thumb is to place at least two of the couplers on the side of the component which has the transformer(s). In ALL cases, listening tests will reveal optimal placement of the couplers, and the differences between just a few inches can be substantial and revealing.
"Putting sorbothane pucks or air-cushion isolation devices between your component and your Platform is counterproductive, since these devices are designed to offer resistance to mechanical transmission. If you wish to use decoupling devices such as sorbothane feet, air cushion, Vibraplanes, etc,. install them BELOW your Ultra Platform. In this way, you’ll achieve superior energy drainage and simultaneous low frequency isolation."
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