Use the Cloud 14A or 14B for your lighter components and get the same great results as with heavier components get on the Cloud 10 and 11!
ingko Audio is extremely excited to announce the introduction of the new Cloud 14, designed specifically for lighter turntables and other lighter equipment.
We have sold thousands of Clouds and their performance is undisputable. But
as you know, the balls used in the Cloud are designed to work optimally
under a load of 10 lbs per ball. As a minimum of 3 balls are needed under
the top plate, an ideal load is an audio component weighing 30 lbs.
Unfortunately, many components, notably entry level turntables made by
Rega, Music Hall, Project, etc., weigh less than 30 lbs. To compress
the balls properly, it is best to add more weight to the component before
putting them on the Cloud. This is where the new Cloud 14 fits the bill.
The Cloud 14 has a heavier top plate, with the added weight being a wood
insert under the top surface. The combination of the added weight and the
constrained layers of wood and acrylic results in the best performance for
equipment weighing less than 30 lbs. Our lab tests and listening tests
confirm the results and a new product is born.
But don't take our word for it. We have an expert review to back it up. In
the March issue of The Absolute Sound (on newstands now), Paul Seydor
reviews four budget turntables: the Music Hall MMF 2.2, the Project-1
Xpression III, the Rega P3-24, and the Nottingham Interspace Jr.. On a Side
Bar, he reviews the Gingko Audio Cloud 11, and the new Cloud 14, now
available through our dealers.
Here are some direct quotes when he placed these turntables on the Gingko
Cloud 11 and 14:
"As I had wrapped up the survey with the Interspace, I started there,
expecting little improvement, as its isolation already seemed so good. Less
than a minute into Kind of Blue, I was picking my jaw off the floor. The
improvement was staggering: in the bass alone, greater clarity, definition,
detail, pitch stability, and dynamic range. Removing the Cloud resulted in
an undifferentiated wodge, thick, phlegmatic, and mushy. The Bernstein
Carmen was even more revelatory: greater clarity and control all across the
band and up and down the scale, far greater inner detail and imaging
stability, an overall presentation smoother, more natural and relaxed."
"Inasmuch as the Interspace was less excited by external disturbances to
start with, I expected I'd hear even more dramatic improvements with the
lower priced turntables. Not so. There was still improvement aplenty, but
not to the degree I expected. Then I remembered that the MMF, Xpression, and
Rega setups are all too lightweight to work optimally with the 11. Using
three balls in a triangular configuration-the minimum possible-requires a 30
pound component, which leaves the Rega ten pounds shy, the other two more
than that. Vu then shipped two prototypes soon to go into production: the
Cloud 14B ($499) and the Cloud 14A ($599), both of which have wooden inlays
to increase weight, while the 14A also boasts a thicker, heavier platform.
This was more like it, a substantial improvement along the lines discussed
so far, and it gets better as the platforms get heavier. The 14A also
brought a noticeable increase in definition of texture as well as of pitch.
A non audiophile friend happened to stop by and I asked him to listen. His
words: off the Cloud "the bass sounds bigger but very indistinct, almost
watery"; on the Cloud, "it's tighter, and everything else sounds more
"The bottom line? With loud playback levels and/or big, demanding music,
especially in the bass, the effect of taking any of these four turntables
off the Gingko platforms is to make it seem almost as if they're all
"Is it worth adding a Gingko to a turntable like the MMF, which more than
doubles the cost of the setup? It seems an absurd proposition, I grant, yet
the improvements are more audible than what you will hear most accessory
products, including cables, interconnects, line conditioners, cones, pods,
pucks, mats, clamps, weights, yak, yak, yak. But, hey, you can answer the
question yourself, thanks to Gingko's 30 day money back guarantee, to which
I'll add a guarantee of my own: put on Kind of Blue at a healthy level and
listen for thirty seconds-the difference will be loud and clear in all
senses of those words. The pun is as unavoidable as it may be egregious, but
the ball's now in your court."
Paul Seydor, The Absolute Sound, March 2009
There you have it. An introduction of a new Gingko product, accompanied by
a glowing endorsement from a major print magazine.
The Cloud 14 comes in 2 flavors, Cloud 14 A and Cloud 14B. They have the
same heavier top plate with wood insert, but the Cloud 14A has the heavier
bottom base of the Cloud 11 and the Cloud 14B has the single-layer bottom
base similar to the Cloud 10. To accommodate the different size equipment,
the Cloud 14 will have the same top dimensions as the Cloud 11L or Cloud 10L
(for VPI Scout/Scoutmaster), 20.5" x 15". But at 4" high, it is taller than
the 10 or 11, due to the wood insert.