Stillpoints Ultra6 reference vibration controlers?


Category: Amplifiers

I started to work in audio in july 1998. I remember that the first day I started I had a blocknote with me. I started in room 1 of the loudspeakers. Here it all started to write down properties of each individual tool. For a long time I was addicted to audio. I was busy with audio for 80 hours a week. It was never enough for me.

Almost 17 years later I have done thousands of tests in audio. From the mid level till highend. I became aware that I could judge and understand audio a lot more easy than all my collegues. But I never understood why. Untill in 2012 I became aware that I have a photographic memory in sound. I trained this part of my brain for a long time. Every single audition I can recall. So a second audition I see in front of me and the first one is on the left side. Within a few tenths of a second I know already the difference between them.

When you are aware of all the properties of each individual 'tool' you will see and understand the patterns between them. And you will understand the connections between them. This means you understand how the stage and overall sound has been created. I can see 3-4 steps further than other people in audio can.

I judge every single tool on what I call Total Sound. Total Sound is like a blue print of the original sound. When I audition sets from 'new' clients, at shows or at another audio shop in almost all situations it is what I call 'incomplete'.
In most 'new' sets I need to bring in parts of Total Sound to make it complete. At the end it is so much more addictive to listen to any set I 'repaired'.

Parts of Total Sound:

- Soundrealism: you want and need an instrument to sound like
in real. I use Pass labs amps to the max for this. It is the
focus on sound of each different instrument and voice. For
example: you want to hear the difference between 2 acoustic
guitars of a recording. I always want to hear the full
pallet in the mid freq. The timbre is an essential part
of listening to music

- 3 dimensional soundstage: this is the most exiting part of
audio in general. This sets your beloved music in full 3D
in front of you. During listening you can focus on each
individual part of a recording.

- Intimate sound: instruments and voices are very small in
dimension and very direct in sound. You want a realistic
proportion of instruments and voices. Intimate sound has
a very big influence on our emotion.

- Blacks: The space between the instruments and voices with
their acoustic information during the recording. This is
level of physical appearance. You want to touch every single
instrument and voice of the recording. Germans use the word
'darstellung'.

- timing and speed: it is a very important part for authority
and control of the overall sound. Better timing will give
you less acoustic limitaions. But also a more natural sound.
Biside this you also can reveal more layers of the low freq.

- Resolution: you want to hear all details of the recording.
And it needs to be physical apparent.

- Air: This part gives the instruments and voices the freedom
during listening. Separation makes your music so much more
appealing.

- A big freq. response: When your system goes deeper in freq.
response you will hear more information of a recoding. This
also has a big influence on our emotion. People can hear
till maximum 20 khz. But...the freq. response above it
influences our brains.

- articulation of voices: how clear you can hear word
endings, breathing of singers and moving lips.

- heights: When I received 2 sets of the Audioquest Wel
Signature xlr's it became more clear than ever. It makes
listening to music different and even more appealing.

I wanted to tell this information first before I start with the review of the Ultra 6. Because it makes it much more easy to understand how I work. By using tools for their properties you always will reach a superior endresult in sound. For a perfectionist like me you always go to the max. There is no room for error.

When you have done thousands of tests like me, you are aware of how important and unique the working of Stillpoints are in your set. I am a stillpoint dealer and use many of them in my set. They are an 'essential' part for the absolute sound. Why? Because they can add 'new' qualities I could not create with other tools.

At this moment we speak I do a lot of research with new tools and systems. I call it creating a new 'statement' in sound. Because I want to reach a higher endresult than ever before regardless price in audio. It is a higher level of accuracy and realism than before.

Without Stillpoints I would not be there were I am at this moment. When you compare the Ultra 6 against the other Stillpoints you know how much better they are.

I put them under my Pass labs X350.5. They operate in a different league. They even bring your set into a new zone. Like it puts your set into pause and it sets your music free. Your stage becomes wider and deeper and you get more air around all instruments and voices.

The mid freq. becomes more involving than before. Also the authority and control of the mid freq. is more precise.

When you compare amps or sources which have a huge difference in price ( 2000 dollar against 10.000 dollar+) you will never have this difference in timing the Ultra 6 gives to you. It is mindblowing in what it does with the speed and timing. It becomes so much more accurate and refined.

I noticed that the sound of a piano and cello becomes so much more natural sounding.

In the high freq. you will reveal more details. And again the control and authority in the high freq. gets to a much higher level.

The low freq. go deeper than before with a much higher level of authority again. You hear more layers but beside this the natural sound of a bass drum has never sounded this 'real'.

I am the first person who bought then in the Netherlands. And I am thrilled to own them. They are a crucial part of my set. They will have an important part for me to be able to create a new 'statement'in sound.

When you ask me the question; are they expensive? You know they are even rather cheap for the quality and level they bring. I'll love them till death!

Sound&Vision Consulting 16-2-2015
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The thing is that you cannot copy me. I can explain this very easily.

When you are not able to think and work in properties, you will never understand why the sound and stage is what you hear.

Each part in your set including the acoustics influences the stage and sound what comes out of your speakers.

It even does not make sense to use the same brands and stuff I use. In the past I have many examples for this. When I left a company, it stopped selling Platinum loudspeakers.

It is the way how I use all the parts. This is information I will never explain. I use many new products and I use them all a special way.

I have proven that I can create about 300% more quality than other companies for exactly the same money.

You cannot copy my brains and insight. It is important to see the patterns in each room and situation. It will be different based on the room and also the components.

The biggest limitation in audio is that by far the most products are 2 dimensional. This means their d.n.a. is not able to create more than 1 metre of depth.

The d.n.a. alway will be the limitation. This cannot be changed. This is why over 99% of all the sets in the world are 2D.

We only sell and create 3D sound. S.A.P. is an importnt part for our quality and sound. But without understanding the d.n.a. of each part in a set it is a lot less effective.

The older Onkyo is the only stuff I know for normal prices what is able to create depth. You will go higher in prices to find it in other brands.

When you judge speakers on stage depth and width you will hear that most speakers are 2 dimensional. This means they are only able to create more than 1 metre of depth maximum.

When you want a 3D stage, you need an amp, source, speakers and even cables who are good in creating it. Each part of your set needs to own the d.n.a. of creating a deep and wide stage.

When you are not able to think and work by Tru-Fi you will not understand the d.n.a. of each part in your set. So you need me!
You need to make it as easy as possible. I sell by shootout. And Stillpoints are sold by shootout as well.

It is very easy to let people hear the differences between the old situation and the new situation with Stillpoints.

Will they be a succes in every situation?

No that is why you need to test it first. In most situations they make a clear improvement.

Audio needs to be open and transparent as possible. So monitoring is essential in each part you test and compare.

Innovation and testing is the most fun part in audio. These days we have much more tools to use. And yessss most tools are useless.

That is why we test all the time to find those products who are the best. In my world audio depends not on brands but on the quality it owns at the moment we live.

When later another product will be better, this will become the new standard. I don't care about a name, I care more about the quality.

Different Stllpoints have proven in many situations how effective they are. And this is what matters most.
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I have proven that I can create about 300% more quality than other companies for exactly the same money.
I haven't seen that proof posted here. And I don't think it's possible to measure sound improvements in terms of percentage of total quality.

I sell by shootout.

I think that's the worst possible way to choose an audio component. I want to be able to evaluate a component over time, not be pressured into a snap decision in a "shootout" scenario.
I will try to explain each part.

S.A.P. creates so much more precision what is never possible with 'old school' audio.

The acoustic influences each set. Most sets are used in a living room. I have proven that the way I measure you get a much better timing in the low freq. Beside it is more controlled you will hear more layers.

The precision of a subwoofer reaches a new and much higher level of integration. When you play a cello you can feel the energy in the middle. 

When we compare stereo with and without a subwoofer, the resulls are superior when we use a subwoofer. Without it we go to a lower level in sound.

The diversity in the middle freq. are much bigger. You can easily hear more different  information in voices during listening.

You can hear the vibration in voices. When we auditioned the same music with the Pass Labs XP-20 and Audioresearch Ref 5SE, the diversity of the vibration was gone.

Even breathing and moving lips could be heard with the S.A.P. measuement. With highend pre amps these details were gone.

We were using one of the best cables in the world ( Audioquest Wel Signature latest version 2 sets and 4 pieces of Purist Audio Limited Edition powercables) for the different pre amps.

When you collect a system based on properties, you are able to use more different properties in each set. It make each set more complete and more attractive.

S.A.P. brings the physical appearance of voices and instruments to a much higher level of realism.

Each system I audition I can directly explain what is missing. Working by Tru-Fi makes it very easy to understand what is missing.

I use different songs to test each part of Tru-Fi. I use them to explain it to other people. You want to make it as easy as possible to understand it for each person.

When I ask people who work in audio for many years as I do the simple question?

Which properties do you take out and which do you put in when you change this speaker for this speaker?

They all gave the same answer: we don't know.

So I said: then you are not aware why the sound and stage is what we hear now?

They said: I think you are right.

So I said; it is not important if I am right, you need to understand that the way you build  an audio system is based on loose sand.

This way audio always will be a big guess. That is why al sets I audition are incomplete. They always miss different parts of Tru-Fi.