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

- 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

- 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
I did run an audio shop from 2007-2009. I had a nice and big room for demos. I always had a 2 dimensional system playing and also a 3 dimensional system.

This gave me the perfect information how men and women react on 2D vs 3D. They all choose for 3D sound. This made me decide never to sell any kind of 2 dimensional sound anymore.

In the lasy 7 years I brought many people from 2D to 3D sound. And their reactions and they way they use their sets says it all.

They often use the word; addictive and they all used their set so much more than ever before. 

Beside the physical 3 dimensional stage I spend a lot of time in creating more diversity in the middle frequencies. This is the most important part during listening to music. People can experience the most different emotions in this part.

When you work by Tru-Fi, you focus on emotion. Because each part of Tru-Fi influences our emotion. 

I am addicted to music. I spend many hours listening to new music each week. I buy a lot of new music each month. 

Hi-Res recordings bring music to a higher level of realism. I am a Lumin dealer. And my S1 gives me music at the highest level you can experience.

We also will modify Lumin networkplayers. We always go to the max. We want to improve sound each week. I am addicted to music and sound since I was a child.

New systems, higher level of audio components and higher level of recordings creates new levels in sound quality. 

Togheter they give us the options to create a new statement in sound.
I don't listen to much networked music but I have bought several high resolution CD's from HDtracks. I have about 60 vinyl LP's. Some I've bought as CD's over the years, the rest have been converted to FLAC files on my computer using Audacity. I also own a ton of CD's. Do you recommend or sell any integrated amps that meet your standards for producing 3D sound?
I believe when S.A.P. will be used all over the world, audio will get to a much higher level. Because you loose so much quality based on the acoustics

You can spend a lot of money on audio, it still doesn’t make sence.

To be honest I don’t believe in stereo and surround without S.A.P. Because you go back to an inferior level of quality. You always will be limited by faults.

Another example: I have spoken to many people who have spend a lot of money on audio for a very long period of time ( some even over 30 years of time) and still were hoping to find the sound they were looking for.

Any kind of 2D sound will never be attractive for any human being. Because the distance between you and the music is too big for the level of emotion you need and would like to have.

This is why people sell there stuff or look for a new part in their set to get a better sound. When you go from 2D to 3D you are pulled into the music.

It brings you closer to the music. This makes it a lot more emotional and involving. This is why these people use their set so much more often and also for a longer period at the same time.

Music and movies as well is all about emotion. That is why you need to experience them with all the emotion the music or movie owns.

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I guess I’ll have to wait until you go live with your marketed knowledge before I replace my amp. From what I’ve read, your knowledge will be well worth it. I sure don't want to waste money on an amp with 2D genetics.