…it is a well-made product and is nice to look at.
The idea, which you’ve probably envisioned by now, is that the balls allow the Cloud 10 to shrug off airborne and structural vibrations in virtually any direction—vertical, lateral, rotational—whereas spikes, squishy feet, and springs are much more limited in the ways they can move. That the low-mass Cloud 10 also tends not to store energy puts it at an even greater advantage over its comparatively ox-like competitors.
The Could 10 should be recognized for its novel technology, affordability, and range of applications.”
…the Gingko units are quite effective at allowing the component to do its thing with minimal outside interference from vibrations and alien probes.
Using some B&K conditioning amps, an IBM Thinkpad, and Spectrogram software developed by Richard Horne, the Gingko boys were able to give me irrefutable evidence that their platform was effective in isolating the Scoutmaster from the outside world.
I immediately noticed that the bass was better. ALL OVER better. Firmer, deeper, tighter — the whole nine yards. And I could play the LP VERY loudly with no problems at all.
Unlike most cones and footers I’ve tried, the Cloud 11 did not highlight portions of the frequency spectrum. Instead, I noticed a quieter aural canvas where instruments and voices emerged from a blacker backdrop with greater focus and definition. Bass was tighter and music had a slightly more dynamic snap to it. The upper midrange and highs were also sweeter, with less sibilance and glare.
I’ll take an educated guess: If you pin a 100% on your current sound without resonance control, the Mini Clouds will readily give you a 20% improvement and perhaps even more, especially if you play things loudly and have full-range speakers. For the money asked, this becomes a slap-me-silly idea whose time is now.
The Cloud 10 is a high-performance, cost-effective, and practical aid in the elimination of unwanted vibration.
The Gingko Audio Cloud 10 vibration control platform is a giant killer in every sense of the word. It created hitherto unheard detail and slam in my system, treating me to a firework’s display of audio exhilaration. Its ability to add sparkle and sheen as well as low-end bite were a revelation. What it lacked in soul it made up for in simple honesty by revving up my audio engines’ energy. And with the ability to modify its sound with differently sized and weighted balls, the Cloud 10 is, indeed, a tweaker’s dream.