Following the successful introduction of the Vibration Control System (VCS) Toolkit, we are offering a special edition of the Large Cloud22 Bases made of wood for a warmer, more musical sound, compared to bases made of acrylic. These Special Edition Large Cloud22 Bases will be available for US$ 159 a set through the end of August.
Gingko Audio has been developing vibration control products since 2000, from the award-winning Cloud 11 platform, which has been on Stereophile’s Recommended Components list since 2004, to the patented ARCH (Acoustic Resolution Clarifier).
For 2022, we are introducing our newest solution, the Cloud22™, which uses wool as a vibration control material. The Cloud22 bases complement the classic Cloud 11 platforms and, together with the ARCHs, provide a comprehensive Vibration Control Solution (VCS) to mitigate much of the vibrations affecting an audio system’s performance.
The Cloud22 bases are available in sets of four, in two sizes: Small Cloud22 Bases for amplification components weighing up to 60 lbs.; Large Cloud22 Bases for amplification components weighing up to 120 lbs. They can also be purchased as part of a VCS Toolkit that includes ARCH products for speakers, digital source components, power conditioners, and other audio equipment:
As an introductory offer, through June 30, 2022, the Starter VCS Toolkit can be purchased for $499 (instead of $599) and the Premium VCS Toolkit for $749 (instead of $899).
We at Gingko Audio are fond of saying “the BEST vibration control devices are the ones you can return if they don’t work for you!” That is why we are the only vibration control manufacturer providing a 30-day money back, no questions asked guarantee. So the cost of trying is small, typically only about 10% of the product prices. We only ask that you return them in undamaged conditions and pay for shipping and bank charges we incurred on your behalf.
Built on the patented ARCH design and made of layers of maple, the Equipment and Speaker ARCH offers a number of improvements over the previous product line.
The smooth-layered maple material has superior vibration control performance and is conducive to high-quality finishes.
The larger curvature yields a lower profile while extending the weight loading range: The 1/2″ thick model can support loads of up to 25 lbs. per ARCH; the 5/8″ thick model can support loads of up to 50 lbs. per ARCH. Lighter equipment and speakers (under 15 lbs.) can continue to use the Mini-ARCH.
The 1/2″ thick Equipment and Speaker ARCH is available at $159 for a set of four in a standard black finish; the 5/8″ thick model is available at $179. The product comes with stainless steel M6 bolts, washers, and nuts for convenient replacement of M6 spikes under speakers, at an additional $20. Contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org for custom sizes of speaker spike threads.
Built on the patented ARCH design and made of layers of maple, the Cable ARCH offers superior performance as cable lifters for high-end audio systems. The modular implementation allows for three usage options.
No insert – the cable rests directly on the slot provided in the ARCH base.
The cushioning tube is placed in the slot, and the cable rests perpendicularly on the tube.
The wood dowel is inserted into the cushioning tube, which is then placed in the slot; the cable rests perpendicularly on the tube.
The Cable ARCH is available in a standard black finish, at $249 for a set of four. Special finishes (mahogany, cherry, natural, white) are available at $299 for a set of four; these finishes require a 3-week lead time.
The Gingko Audio Sextet was introduced at the Capital Audiofest in Rockville, Maryland, in November 2019. Here are some first impressions from show attendees:
“This was a masterful demo; one that clearly demonstrated why you need the extension provided by a full range speaker or a well-mated satellite/subwoofer system. It is not just deeper, more pitch defined, impactful bass, but the addition of the bloom and body, the more correct voicing, and the expansive space and dimensionality that it affords.”
“There were two rooms running Ginko speakers and both systems were very good sounding. One was a $10,000 system running in one of the big rooms which sounded beautifully balanced, natural, and relaxed, without sounding lifeless. The small stand-mounted speaker in another room (I think it was $3,000) sounded very good too-very well balanced and natural sounding.”
“Gingko audio had small speakers in a small room and bigger speakers in a big room. I only spent a small amount of time in each room, but they both accomplished the naturalness and dimensionality that hits me hardest when it’s there and leaves me least engaged when it’s not.”
The Clarissa LE speakers were premiered at AXPONA in April 2019 to universal praises. We drove them using three different integrated amplifiers: A 100-watt Class D Cyrus One HD from the UK, an 8-watt tube TRV-A300XR from Triode Corp of Japan, and a 150-watt solid-state Majestic from Wells Audio in California. An international lineup of digital and analog sources from Poland, Austria, Mexico, and the USA was also presented. Cables were from Danacable, racks were from Pangea, and vibration control devices were from Gingko Audio.
Here is a video report by AV Showrooms of the demo:
The Clarissa LE are available for order immediately, with a typical lead time of 3 weeks. They are reasonably priced at $1500 each, with dedicated stands priced at $600 a pair. Two finishes are available, gloss piano black and matte red cherry.
Gingko Audio’s Acoustic Resonance Clarifier (ARCH) won a 2018 Positive Feedback Writers’ Choice Award. These awards are given by the editors and writers of Positive Feedback to products that they evaluated in 2018 and selected for superior audio design. The article on this year’s winners can be found in Issue 100 of Positive Feedback.
"I was not prepared for the overall improvement the ARCHs made. Compared to the sound of the speakers and stands sitting on spikes, the improvement to overall transparency and clarity was immediately obvious. The mid-range was less colored, and imaging was better defined. Mid-bass response was enhanced and leading-edge transients were more pronounced. More energetic momentum and timing with a nice ease of flow and a silkiness urged me to get up and dance—and I’m not a dancer. The changes were not subtle, and truly enhanced the listening experience."
From Lyle Workman, film and TV composer (Superbad, 40 Year Old Virgin, Forgetting Sarah Marshall):
I must admit I was a little skeptical, but in a A/B test with and without the Cloud under my turntable and with a second set of ears for another opinion, the difference was very noticeable, instantly. We found improvement in clarity and separation of instruments and vocals in the music. There was less mush in between the highs mids and lows. Simply put, it made the music better in every regard. The cloud is a wonderful upgrade to my system and highly recommended.