The vibration control balls used with our Cloud platforms work optimally under a load of 10 lbs per ball. Since a minimum of three balls are needed to support the top plate, an ideal load is an audio component weighing 30 lbs. However, many components, notably entry-level turntables made by Rega, Music Hall, Project, etc., weigh less than 30 lbs. To compress the balls properly, it is best to add more weight to the component.
The Cloud 14™’s top plate has a wood insert that provides added weight. The combination of the added weight and the constrained layers of wood and acrylic results in the best performance for equipment weighing less than 30 lbs. Our lab tests and listening tests confirm the results.