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Old 09-30-2019, 10:47 PM
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Hopefully Ivan wonít throw you out! : I donít think there should be a problem with a topic like this on AA, I would just do it separately under a new thread since this is Danís thread reporting his experience with the Stillpoints and his McIntosh amplifiers.
Buck.......Thank you for helping keep the thread focused on the original topic. Much appreciated.
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:01 AM
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Dan...congratulations on elevating the performance of your living room system. It still amazes me that no matter what the component it may be, adding vibration control, power cords, cables etc can further improve the performance. It starts to become a necessity.

When deciding on a budget for any component you have to now bump it up to include vibration control, aftermarket power cords, cables...etc. Gone are the days from the 1960ís/70ís where I just purchased a component and maybe received some free cables and then just plugged it in.

Itís great that we have so many choices!
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:53 AM
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Dan...congratulations on elevating the performance of your living room system. It still amazes me that no matter what the component it may be, adding vibration control, power cords, cables etc can further improve the performance. It starts to become a necessity.

When deciding on a budget for any component you have to now bump it up to include vibration control, aftermarket power cords, cables...etc. Gone are the days from the 1960’s/70’s where I just purchased a component and maybe received some free cables and then just plugged it in.

It’s great that we have so many choices!
Paul.......Thank you, and you are certainly correct as far as I'm concerned. I remember when I purchased 20 feet of Ray Kimber's original Kimber Kable, the black and brown wire version. I purchased it directly from Ray in 1981 after he did an in-store demo against early Monster cable. $20.00 for 20 feet. What a bargain by today's standards. If only those prices remained. At any rate, when I got home and replaced my 16 gauge zip wire to my JBL's with the Kimber Kable I was impressed. In particular, bass seemed stronger, and the upper midrange cleaner. That was my initial indoctrination into the world of "wire matters". Like you said, today a sound system isn't complete until several external forces are address, cables, power conditioning, and isolation. Certainly there are many bogus claims and products designed to fleece the audio community, but equally so there are plenty of substantial products that absolutely raise the performance bar. There's one thing to watch out for. As much fun as this obsessive hobby brings us, it can be a serious burden on one's discretionary income if allowed to run rampant. It has left an echo in my bank account more than once.
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Old 10-01-2019, 10:07 AM
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Nice write up, color me interested. This forum is bad on my bank account!
MarSanz.......Thank you. My first experience with the Stillpoints Ultra Mini's was under my CD/SACD/DAC in the studio system. My impression of the improvement in sound quality became the driving force to continue with other components in both the studio system and the living room system. Each addition brought added improvements. If you were inclined to experiment with just four Stillpoints Ultra Mini's, I would begin by installing them under a source component. At least your curiosity would be satisfied, and I am confident you will then understand what I have been commenting about.
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Old 10-01-2019, 12:28 PM
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Congratulations, Dan.

Your observations with respect to the improvements in focus, soundstage, and attack and sustain correspond to my experience with Ultra Minis supporting a wholly different equipment lineup. Most noticeable bang-for-buck resulted from placing the Minis (four in each instance) under my original-version Hydra and Sonographe power amp.
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Old 10-01-2019, 04:05 PM
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Congratulations, Dan.

Your observations with respect to the improvements in focus, soundstage, and attack and sustain correspond to my experience with Ultra Minis supporting a wholly different equipment lineup. Most noticeable bang-for-buck resulted from placing the Minis (four in each instance) under my original-version Hydra and Sonographe power amp.
Jim.......I see in your signature you are also isolating the Teac UD-501 Dual Monaural D/A Converter on Ultra Mini's. Your experience with Stillpoints supporting audio components parallels mine and many others who have responded in posts on this forum. The general consensus is Stillpoints deliver consistent improvements to sound systems that use them. This has certainly been my experience.
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MarSanz.......Thank you. My first experience with the Stillpoints Ultra Mini's was under my CD/SACD/DAC in the studio system. My impression of the improvement in sound quality became the driving force to continue with other components in both the studio system and the living room system. Each addition brought added improvements. If you were inclined to experiment with just four Stillpoints Ultra Mini's, I would begin by installing them under a source component. At least your curiosity would be satisfied, and I am confident you will then understand what I have been commenting about.
Hmmm, since my main rig is analog only, I should try them under my MC275. I am using Valid Points now but have not done any real testing to see the difference without them. Stop spending my money!
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Hmmm, since my main rig is analog only, I should try them under my MC275. I am using Valid Points now but have not done any real testing to see the difference without them. Stop spending my money!
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Hmmm, since my main rig is analog only, I should try them under my MC275. I am using Valid Points now but have not done any real testing to see the difference without them. Stop spending my money!
MarSanz.......The MC275 would be an excellent place to install Stillpoints. Not only do I have the Ultra Mini's installed under both MC75's in the living room sound system, I have four of the Stillpoints Ultra SS under each of my MC2301 power amplifiers in the studio system. You may find my Stillpoints Ultra SS Review an interesting read.
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STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, Shunyata Sigma spdif digital cable, Sonos Connect, PurePower 2000, Stillpoints, Furutech Flux 50, Michell Gyro SE, Michell HR Power Supply, SME 309, Ortofon Cadenza Black, Wireworld, Sonus faber Amati Anniversario
LIVING ROOM - McIntosh C2300, MC75 (2), MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, Shunyata Sigma USB cable, Micro Seiki DD40, Ortofon Cadenza Blue, Nakamichi BX-300, Sony 60ES DAT, PS Audio P10, Furutech Flux 50, Sonos Connect, Stillpoints, Wireworld, Kimber, PMC EB1i, JL Audio f113
VINTAGE - McIntosh MA230, Tandberg 3011A tuner, Olive 04HD, Sony DTC-59ES DAT, McIntosh 4300V, JBL 4312A

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