MSRP: from $995
After living with the Tranquility Base for four months, I have come to the conclusion that it is an indispensable component in my audio system. The other day I replaced the Base with a Black Diamond Shelf with cones to see if I was deluding myself with this fancy component. After an hour of listening, the Tranquility Base had to be put back into my system. I have no doubt that we will be hearing more about the Synergistic Research Tranquility Base as other audiophiles discover this unique product. Steve Plaskin – Audiostream.com
What the hell is it? That was my first thought when I saw the Synergistic Research Tranquility Base in Denver. An isolation base? I already provide HRS products so there was no way I was going to add another isolation product. Peter Hansen from Synergistic Research responded that it was an isolation base, but it isolated and eliminated RFI from the equipment sitting on it, creating a much quieter piece of equipment. Oh, and by the way, it does have a mechanical isolation property to it. Did it actually work? It was easy enough to find out, just lift the equipment off of the base and listen. There was no doubt it worked. This is another one of those Synergistic Research products that does not fall neatly into a category. But the important thing to take away from all of this is that IT WORKED.
A little more digging into the product taught me some things I sort of knew, but ignored, about electronics. Especially computer electronics. The audiophile world has known for a long time that power supplies and circuit layout need to done in a way to minimize RFI within the chassis. RFI is a nasty enemy who loves to throw grunge into the signal path and raise your noise floor to irritating levels. With the growth in computer audio, we must now consider a computer to be a piece of audio gear. The problem is that computer companies basically ignore RFI because it doesn’t affect the computers performance. This is not good news to us audiophiles. Somehow we must remove the RFI before it gets into the signal path. Enter the Tranquility Base. Place your computer audio equipment on the base and be prepared to be amazed. The noise floor drops, the dynamics increase and most of all, your system is more musical.
How does it work? There are discussions at Synergistic Research’s website but suffice it to say that the Tranquility Base utilizes Synergistic Research’s Powercell and grounding technology to effectively ground the RFI before it can cause problems. There is a lot more to it than that, but simply put, the Tranquility Base acts as an RFI sink and drains the gunk out before it has a chance to muck up your music. Interestingly, customers who have done auditions report a lot of success on other equipment such as CD players and DAC’s. I now encourage clients to try it on every piece of equipment in the system!
Available in three sizes, there is a Tranquility Base right for your application. Two models, the Basik and the Base are available to meet your components requirements. There is also an XL model which is intended to be a drop-in replacement for shelves in the large Grand Prix Audio racks.