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Old 04-23-2019, 08:03 PM
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While on my last visit to Dan's (aka jdandy), Dan pulled out a trio of Rollerblock juniors and said "here Pete, why don't you take these home and try them out, see what you think".
Dan had moved into the Stillpoint world some time ago and was no longer using them. I on the other hand, with all the upgrades and changes I've made, still hadn't really tried out
the isolation thingy. So I said "why not"?.

Well I brought them home and floated my McIntosh MCD1000 on them, loaded a disc, and started listening. I was surprised that I heard a difference. Greater separation of instruments,
more air, and an overall better presentation. Over the next few days, I definitely knew that the differences were real. Now of course, I wanted to float my MDA1000 DAC on them. I called
Ivan to see if he had any. Not surprisingly, since he picked up the Stillpoint line, he no longer carried them. Long story short, I had two boxes of Stillpoint ultra minis on the way. (I KNEW this
was going to happen if I even mentioned the word "isolation" to Ivan....but hey, it wasn't like I went along kicking and screaming . I've long heard the very positive testimonials on Stillpoint
products. I anxiously awaited their arrival.

The Ultra minis have now been in my system 1 week and 1 day, and I'm really impressed. To me, the benefit is similar to with the rollerblocks, but more so. As I listen to the music, I just know t
he sound wasn't this good before. I've heard it said that with stillpoints, the music is more "in your face". That seems to be true, but not in a bad way. It's not overly forward or anything like that.
It's just like you have a better seat, and the music is more involving. You're deeper into the music. They also bring more of the effect of instruments appearing well outside the boundaries of the
speakers, well to the sides of the room. And if that isn't enough, better bass too, so it seems.

It really doesn't seem possible that these little "feet" could make much, if any difference. But I'll tell you this: they aren't going anywhere...

They are very nice looking too...








Once again, my system's performance has been elevated, in a very interesting way. I'll be doing a lot more listening, that's for sure.

Thanks for reading, and a shout of thanks out to Dan and Ivan!
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Main System: Harmon Kardon T60 TT/Ortofon 2M Black, McIntosh: MR78, MCD1000 Transport on Stillpoint ultra minis, MDA1000 D/A Converter on Stillpoint ultra minis, MS750 Music Server on Rollerblock Jr's, C40, MC501's (3), Soundcraftsmen: DC2215 Eq/AS1000 Real time analyzer, DBX 3BX II, Carver C9, Nakamichi Dragon, Crown SX724, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), Sony XBR55X900E 4K TV, JBL L220A's, JBL B460, Sumo Delilah active crossover, WireWorld Silver Eclipse audio interconnects, WireWorld Starlight and Silver Starlight Coaxial Digital interconnects, Wireworld SuperNova 7 Toslink digital interconnect, WireWorld Aurora 7 and Silver Electra Power cords, Wireworld Equinox 7 speaker cables, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna, PS Audio Direct Stream Power Plant 12, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-Ray Player, Bryson BUC-1 USB Converter, Wireworld Gold Starlight XLR Digital interconnect

Florida Room/Art Studio System: Pioneer PL-L1000 TT/Audio Technica ATS52W2, McIntosh: MR77, C32, MC2205; Crown Power Line Four, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 Digital to Analog converter, Soundcraftsmen AE2000 Eq, JBL 4313B's, JBL 2241-based Sub, JBL BX63A Active Crossover, Oppo BDP-105D Blu-Ray Player, Samsung 5500 Series 32" Smart TV, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna

Master Bedroom System: McIntosh: MX120 Theater processor, MC206 6-channel amplifier; MR74 AM/FM Tuner, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, JVC HM-DH40000U D-Theater Digital VHS, Phase Technology PC80 Towers (now used as stands), (2) JBL 4401's, (1) JBL Studio 6IW speaker, (2) JBL Studio 6IC speakers, Sony XBR-49X900E UHD TV, Panamax 1000 Line Conditioner, (2) JL Audio E110 Subwoofers, Wireworld Solstice speaker cables, Wireworld Aurora Power cords, and various other flavors of Wireworld and Audioquest cabling

Office System: Marantz 150, Crown DL 2, Crown EQ 2, Crown SA 2, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), McIntosh MCD7009 (as transport), DBX 3BX Series II, Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, JBL 4401's, JL Audio E112 Subwoofer, Samsung 5500 series 32" Smart TV, Wire World Oasis audio interconnects, Wire World Solstice speaker cables, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital to Analog converter, Wireworld Starlight Coaxial Digital Interconnect, Sennheiser HD800 Headphones, Sennheiser HDVA600 Headphone amp, Wireworld Silver Eclipse Balanced Interconnects, Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB Cable

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Old 04-23-2019, 08:31 PM
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Pete.......Nothing like free Rollerblock Jr's to get you spend money on Stillpoint Ultra Mini's. How's that old saying go?.....There's no free lunch. .

Seriously though, you are absolutely correct. Stillpoints benefit a system's ability to deliver a more focused presentation as well as a deeper and wider sound stage with their ability to reduce the apparent noise floor. Isolation is a big deal that is often overlooked. I'm glad you joined the Stillpoints Club. I have a feeling you aren't finished yet.
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STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, 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, MC452, MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, 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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Pete.......Nothing like free Rollerblock Jr's to get you spend money on Stillpoint Ultra Mini's. How's that old saying go?.....There's no free lunch. .

Seriously though, you are absolutely correct. Stillpoints benefit a system's ability to deliver a more focused presentation as well as a deeper and wider sound stage with their ability to reduce the apparent noise floor. Isolation is a big deal that is often overlooked. I'm glad you joined the Stillpoints Club. I have a feeling you aren't finished yet.
Dan....you may well be correct. My three MC501's would logically be next in line. However, as it turns out, the Stillpoint Ultra SS's are a full half inch taller than the standard feet on the MC501. That is a bit of a problem for me.

I ended up putting the Rollerblock Juniors under my McIntosh MS750 Music Server.
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Main System: Harmon Kardon T60 TT/Ortofon 2M Black, McIntosh: MR78, MCD1000 Transport on Stillpoint ultra minis, MDA1000 D/A Converter on Stillpoint ultra minis, MS750 Music Server on Rollerblock Jr's, C40, MC501's (3), Soundcraftsmen: DC2215 Eq/AS1000 Real time analyzer, DBX 3BX II, Carver C9, Nakamichi Dragon, Crown SX724, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), Sony XBR55X900E 4K TV, JBL L220A's, JBL B460, Sumo Delilah active crossover, WireWorld Silver Eclipse audio interconnects, WireWorld Starlight and Silver Starlight Coaxial Digital interconnects, Wireworld SuperNova 7 Toslink digital interconnect, WireWorld Aurora 7 and Silver Electra Power cords, Wireworld Equinox 7 speaker cables, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna, PS Audio Direct Stream Power Plant 12, Oppo UDP-205 4K Blu-Ray Player, Bryson BUC-1 USB Converter, Wireworld Gold Starlight XLR Digital interconnect

Florida Room/Art Studio System: Pioneer PL-L1000 TT/Audio Technica ATS52W2, McIntosh: MR77, C32, MC2205; Crown Power Line Four, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 Digital to Analog converter, Soundcraftsmen AE2000 Eq, JBL 4313B's, JBL 2241-based Sub, JBL BX63A Active Crossover, Oppo BDP-105D Blu-Ray Player, Samsung 5500 Series 32" Smart TV, Terk AF-1 Powered Antenna

Master Bedroom System: McIntosh: MX120 Theater processor, MC206 6-channel amplifier; MR74 AM/FM Tuner, Oppo UDP-203 4K Blu-ray player, JVC HM-DH40000U D-Theater Digital VHS, Phase Technology PC80 Towers (now used as stands), (2) JBL 4401's, (1) JBL Studio 6IW speaker, (2) JBL Studio 6IC speakers, Sony XBR-49X900E UHD TV, Panamax 1000 Line Conditioner, (2) JL Audio E110 Subwoofers, Wireworld Solstice speaker cables, Wireworld Aurora Power cords, and various other flavors of Wireworld and Audioquest cabling

Office System: Marantz 150, Crown DL 2, Crown EQ 2, Crown SA 2, Crown D-75A (as headphone amp), McIntosh MCD7009 (as transport), DBX 3BX Series II, Oppo BDP-103 Blu-ray player, JBL 4401's, JL Audio E112 Subwoofer, Samsung 5500 series 32" Smart TV, Wire World Oasis audio interconnects, Wire World Solstice speaker cables, Wyred for Sound DAC-2 DSDse Digital to Analog converter, Wireworld Starlight Coaxial Digital Interconnect, Sennheiser HD800 Headphones, Sennheiser HDVA600 Headphone amp, Wireworld Silver Eclipse Balanced Interconnects, Wireworld Platinum Starlight USB Cable

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Old 04-23-2019, 09:00 PM
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Dan....you may well be correct. My three MC501's would logically be next in line. However, as it turns out, the Stillpoint Ultra SS's are a full half inch taller than the standard feet on the MC501. That is a bit of a problem for me.

I ended up putting the Rollerblock Juniors under my McIntosh MS750 Music Server.
Pete.......No reason to let the Rollerblock Jr's go to waste. Good place for them.
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STUDIO - McIntosh C1000C/P, MC2301 (2), MR88, Aurender N10, Esoteric K-01X, 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, MC452, MR85, Magnum Dynalab 205, Simaudio MOON Neo 260D-T, Schiit Audio Yggdrasil, Aurender N100H, 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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