The MaxSpect Gyre has been making literal waves in the aquarium water pump space for the last several months and the larger XF150 is a beast of a water mover. The 50 watt DC motor powering the large, dual-vaned gyre generator is capable of pushing substantial mass water movement in the aquarium but that concentration of power and the high RPM does make an audible sound in the aquarium.
During regular use the Gyre XF150 is no louder than any decent aquarium powerhead but at the highest setting it can be noticeable almost to the point of being noisy. Being able to hear the sound from the Gyre XF150 has never been a huge detractor but MaxSpect didn’t let this slight go unsolved and a new soft mount aims to reduce the level of noise and vibration of the pump.
The first mount that shipped with the MaxSpect Gyre 150 featured a small degree of vibration dampening in the form of soft silicone in the base of the magnet and in the ‘hub’ that holds the whole pump together. However, a couple weeks ago we received a new set of mounts for the Gyre 150 which includes dramatically more soft material between the pump and the magnet holding it.
With the original mount the MaxSpect Gyre makes the kind of sound that seems to originate inside the motor so we were skeptical that this new softer mount would do much to reduce this noise. The first time we cranked up the MaxSpect Gyre 150 with the new mount we had to double check that the pump was actually running since the noise coming from it was not just reduced, and it was all but eliminated.
At first glance the new soft mount for the MaxSpect Gyre appears to just out from the glass a lot more than the previous version but once the pump is mounted it only adds about 1/4″ of distance from the glass, preserving the Gyre’s low profile. The smaller Gyre XF130 already shipped with the new and improved soft magnet mount but early adopters of the XF150 will soon have the option of upgrading to the noise canceling mount – details about the upgrade program will be announced soon by CoralVue.