“Don’t it always seem to go, you don’t know what you’ve got ’till it’s gone”
Joni Mitchell — Big Yellow Taxi
I thought I’d share an unsolicited audio observation I stumbled into recently.
Humans are funny animals. We seem to perpetually need a bit of change, a modicum of new stimulus in our lives or we run the risk of getting bored and restless. The subspecies Audiophilius Nervosus, far from being the exception to this behavior often takes the need for change to a whole new level in the never-ending quest to eke out the last bit of performance from his audio system.
It's been about 10 days since I placed a total of twelve Stillpoints Ultra 5's under my power amp which is dual mono, dual power supply. I placed three under each amp and another three under each power supply. Recently, at THE Show in Newport, I spoke to Bruce Jacobs as to his recommendations as to where to place these Ultra 5's. It was his suggestion to try one under each transformer. If I were to do that, I would need five Ultra 5's under each power supply as there are four rear transformers and I placed another Ultra 5 towards the underside of the front centre part of the amp. However, I only had three for each power supply such that I placed two under each of the two rear most transformers and the third under the front centre. I thought this sounded wonderful.
I wanted to share my overall impression of the recent "growth" of my new system.
As I have expressed before, I am extremely happy with the combination of Bryston components and the addition of Stillpoints Ultra 5's and the Analysis + cabling, power cords and interconnects.
My wife, Kris, and I have been continually upgrading our system for the past 35 years. After our last major upgrades (speakers, amps, and wires), we have the sound, tone, and presence of our system just right for our ears and our spirits. We feel it is natural, honest, musical, and well presented. Now we are fine-tuning. Stillpoints have gone well beyond anything we expected. It is the details brought out by the Stillpoints that have been the big surprise.
Just wanted to let you know that I installed 4 SS Ultra underneath my VPI Classic 3. What a world of difference in sonic quality, air, transparency, and soundstage. You products are not cheap but they work wonderfully.
Thanks again for bringing me a little closer to the musical experience. I owe you my gratitude.