Grand Prix Audio has again established a new state of the art in audio video isolation with our Formula Shelves. Featuring a proprietary inner core and a unique combination of Carbon fiber and Kevlar epoxy laminates, the effects of this shelf must be experienced to be believed.
In Formula One, cost is no object. The pinnacle of winning performance can only be attained through exhaustive and costly research & development. After nearly a year and thousands of dollars spent on numerous prototypes, they achieved isolation performance at over twice the level of any available product. Grand Prix Audio's proprietary inner core is a true cost-no-object feature.
The special core material of their shelf was originally developed for use in isolation of nuclear facilities applications, aerospace, and aviation applications. It exhibits a high strength to weight ratio due to its cellular structure and cross-linked resin system. This unique cellular structure provides extreme resistance to the transmission of vibration through the shelf across a broad frequency range.
Developed as an upgrade to Grand Prix Audio's highly successful Monaco Modular, Le Mans, Monza, and Laguna Isolation Systems, Formula Shelves are also available in a variety of sizes for use on any stand in combination with our specifically calibrated dampers. In addition, when used with their unique damping brackets, this technology is available for all built-in custom install home theater applications.
Under direct light [left], the cross-fiber weave of our composite skin shows off beautifully and creates iridescent light distortion rings for the camera. As with plywood whose 90-degree opposing fiber layers add strength and inertness over a similarly thick slab of natural wood, the cross-weave strengthens the structure while turning each individual fiber into a constrained-layer member that attenuates vibration.
The trade-mark yellow color of the underside's Kevlar [upper right] shows the woven "bullet-proof" material that you'd also find in police and military combat vests. In this particular application, Kevlar actually exhibits superior damping properties versus Carbon. However, it isn't as visually attractive as our smooth Carbon composite, hence the visible top and sides are black Carbon. Assembled in a vacuum, this triple-layer of dissimilar materials is cured with special adhesives in the vacuum environment. In a deceptively thin and attractive sandwich, this affords vibration attenuation rates in excess of anything else of similar dimensions.
The efficacy of this design cannot be overemphasized. Owners of non-GPA stands are advised to add Formula Shelves with our weight-rated Sorbothane dampers to their existing setup.
The Formula Shelves can take the place of your current shelves, or -- depending on your support structure -- sit atop them to decouple via the Sorbothane pucks.
Sizes available are:
- Formula Shelf, Small (20.75” W x 17.75” D)
- Formula Shelf, Large (21.00” W x 23.30” D)
- Formula Shelf, X-Large (21.00” W x 27.00” D)
- Formula Shelf, Brooklands (23.50” W x 18.63” D)