Got yourself a pair of studio monitors? Considering a purchase? Either way, think a few steps ahead. In order to decouple the speakers from the floor or any other surface and cancel out the vibrations, you’ll need some good isolation. In this brief roundup, I compare a few monitor isolation pads. Check out the list and ensure a better acoustic environment for your home or pro studio.
Shopping for monitor stands? Feel free to read my recent review.
Now, let’s get to the pads.
1. Studio Solutions High Density Studio Monitor Isolation Pads
This Studio Solutions pair of foam pads is designed for 8” monitors. A decent solution to avoid distortion in the low-end frequencies, this model will be a great fit for your recording environment.
What are the tech parameters?
- High-density acoustic foam
- Dimensions: 10.5” x 12.99” x 1.5” inches (W x D x H)
- Five various angle configurations to make sure the tweeters are positioned at ear level
- Plain design with no logos.
All in all, these pads support all celebrated monitors like Yamaha HS8, JBL LSR308, M-Audio BX8, KRK Rokit, and others. Got speakers that meet the profile? Go for it!
Best for: standard 8” monitors.
2. KING DO WAY Two 5” Inch Quality Monitor Isolator Pads
This studio speaker isolation foam from KING cancels unwanted echoes in any feasible environment. Nice foam base, high density, reduced reverberation.
- Ideal for many applications: professional recording studios, home studios, vocal booths, gaming rooms, etc.
- Reasonable design, elastic high-quality rose cotton material
- Soundproofing that prevents vocal resonation.
These pads are a nifty tool to achieve a more precise and accurate sound for a reasonable price. What else could you ask for?
Best for: mid-sized speakers/studio monitors.
3. Auralex MoPAD
MoPAD are well-known iso pads that have helped many a pro and amateur avoid monitor vibrations.
What’s special about them?
- Sold in pairs, flexible sizing and positioning, including horizontally-placed monitors
- Four base pieces as well as four angling wedge pieces
- Bases are 12″ long x 4″ wide x 1″ thick
- They eliminate sympathetic vibrations
- They help yield a more accurate bass response and clearer high frequencies.
The ‘industry’ standard Auralex uses dense foam that easily handles heavy weights and vibration. You can configure the monitor angle and set the right height.
Best for: multiple sizes of bookshelf loudspeakers or monitors up to 100 lbs. each.
4. Adam Hall SPADECO2
A cost-effective model that will meet most budgets and expectations, the Adam is a great example of high-density acoustic foam. Some users view these iso pads as a decent Auralex MoPAD alternative. Whatever the rationale, these pads simply do a good job!
What are the tech specs?
- Two-component design
- Dimensions (W x D x H): 10.43” x 12.99” x 1.57”
- Anthracite color
The Adam always works as intended. The ‘two components’, in fact, make up three possible combinations: horizontal placement and two different angles. The Adam helps avoid disturbing resonation and makes audiophiles happy at a reasonable cost.
Best for: mid-sized and big heavy monitors.
5. LyxPro MNS-4
Another two-component pair of acoustic isolation pads, LyxPro is a good way to decouple monitors from a surface.
What does this model come with?
- Great sonic isolation, optimization of performance for a wide range of reference monitors.
- A wedge piece that allows you to tilt the monitors to and fro up to 8 degrees
- High-density acoustic foam, two component design
- 1-year warranty.
Long story short, these pads are a good value for the money. Since they can angle up to ear level and support heavier monitors, you simply can’t go wrong.
Best for: 5″ and 8″ studio monitors.
6. Pyle PSi03
Pyle is another great option if you’re looking for sound isolation pads. The model offers two dampening recoil stabilizer risers, 9” x 12” each. A great pair of pads at a reasonable cost!
What’s in the package?
- High-density durable foam
- Dimensions: 9.44” x 12.1” x 2.0”
- Universal stabilizers for optimized audio performance
- Reduced vibration and resonance, efficient absorption of bass recoil
- Supports studio monitors, shelf speakers, subwoofers, etc.
The features speak for themselves. In addition, the platform bases can be reversed for the sake of upward and downward firing effects.
Best for: mid-sized speakers up to 33 lbs.
7. MoFo Rizers
A typical foam pad, MoFo Rizers is an awesome ‘decoupler’ that fits larger studio monitors or speakers.
The model’s specifics include:
- Dimensions: 12″ wide x 15″ deep x 4″ high
- Crisper highs and a better mid-range definition
- Two self-adhesive black tiles
- Improved overall imaging, tightened bass.
The MoFo pads ‘focus’ the speakers at the listening position, and you can choose whatever angle you like. An enviable flexibility for this sort of product!
Best for: larger monitors (these things are pretty spacious).
8. Auralex ProPAD
A premium version of MoPADs, the ProPAD is a bit more sophisticated and comes at a somewhat higher price – and it’s the best you can find!
What do the ProPADs do?
- Ensure optimal durability with their open-celled PlatFoam
- Provide protection against unwanted vibrations
- Support most surround-sound and stereo monitors
- Keep away sympathetic vibrations and improve sound clarity.
This model has the dimensions of 13″ length x 8″ width and a slip-resistant ISO-plate top. You can think of these pads as a cheeseburger, where the cheese is the plate. This design is slip-resistant and provides effective isolation at all times.
Best for: mid-sized studio monitors, a good fit for home theaters, listening rooms, media rooms, etc.
9. RightChoice XL-Pro
Another eligible 2-pack of acoustic isolation pads, the RightChoice allows for multiple configurations, angling and positioning. Plus, there is no logo on this model, so it’s going to be in full harmony with your third-party speaker brand.
- High-density acoustic foam
- 6” x 9” dimensions
- The wedge piece enables 5 various angle options
- Stylish minimalistic look.
These pads help to point the monitors directly at the listener, unveiling a better sound stage and sonic environment. And it’s got quite a compatibility list!
Best for: most 3″ and 4″ studio monitors (M-Audio, KRK Rokit 5, Mackie CR4, CR5, CR4BT, CR5BT).
10. Pair Rockville RRS190S
Rockville isolation pads are sized 7.5″ x 9.5″ and offer three angles for flexible positioning. Solid isolation, fantastic value for money!
Features and benefits:
- Efficient decoupling of studio monitors from desktops, monitor stands, and beyond.
- 3-angle high-density foam
- Multiple tilt options: flat, +/-4 degrees, and +/-8 degrees
- Sleek charcoal gray color
- Designed for studios, also a great fit for high-end home theater setups.
The Rockville pair is pretty much universal. You can use these pads to isolate any studio gear and hardware, including DVD players, turntables or laptops.
Best for: any mid- to heavyweight monitors up to 100 lbs.
My top picks
It’s now time for the verdict, and this is a difficult choice. I mean foam is foam after all, yet some of these pads are really worth paying a few extra bucks for, such as my golden pick – the Auralex ProPAD! The icing on the cake here is the ISO plate, which gives the product an edge over the competing pads. The silver goes to the Adam Hall SPADECO2 for its sturdy composition and good bang for the buck.
Decoupling studio monitors is crucial for your audio ambience. It’s good to know there is an abundant choice of solutions for reverb reduction. Some of the pads are original designs, and some are mere variations. The rule of thumb here is to check out the dimensions, read the reviews and see if the pads are in line with your budget expectations. Good luck, and feel free to share your experiences!