COLIN WONFOR: The proposed magnetic floating isolation table

Colin Wonfor

Is it true that you designed for TQ a revolutionary isolation table that used magnetic levitation? If so, when will you be coming to the market – if at all? I’ve heard of criticism common on some fora that although on paper the principle is sound, magnetism or rather the powerful magnets involved could interfere with the electronics of the device which is seeking to isolate mechanically. Is this correct or just another example of the armchair generals who populate some of the audio fora without first-hand knowledge? Your candid observations will be most appreciated thank you.

No, the floating table was NOT designed for TQ! The table did use magnets in a cross-field levitation design which means that the forces were all canceled within the table and did not leak out. Rotating magnetic fields do and can induce currents in external electronic circuits causing interference whereas a static magnet cannot – but the effect can be reduced if used correctly such as improved shielding in cables.

If fixed magnet i.e. North and South Poles, which are huge, affected audio then kit made in Japan would sound very different to British kit. OK – it does – but not for those reasons.

I'm thinking of bringing my floating table design to the market in the distant future. The two surfaces don’t touch. Each can hold up to 120Kg so can be used for speakers too. I'm experimenting with a range platform materials inc ceramic but the magnetic isolation system design arrangement and suppliers are all sorted out. Might call it the WFT – Wonfor Floating table which i guess is better than WTF!

Thank you for the question.