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Thread: Confessions of an Audiophile Junky-I Got Center Stage With Pitch Perfect Sound

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    Site Founder And Administrator Steve Williams's Avatar
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    Hi micro

    I am just seeing this.

    You put forth some interesting postulates all of which I have found to be exactly the same in my system.

    1. I also commented that initially the volume in my system had to be turned down but after the feet had settled in, I also found that best sonic effects were to turn the gain control back to where I customarily listen to music. In all 4 occasions in which I inserted the CS feet into my system I had to turn the gain control down initially only to go back to my normal listening levels

    2. Like you I wonder if there is a different settle in time with different shelves. Now with so many users in the field we are starting to sense that indeed different shelf types will affect the settle in time

    3. Finally you have discovered something that I have wondered myself but have not had sufficient product in my hands (as they fly out the door quicker than I receive them) and that is the efficacy of CS feet under power supplies. I have 6 power supplies in my system and never had 28 feet extra at any one time to place them in my system. There was never a doubt in my mind however to get a new data point from yourself confirming that is most appreciated.

    I receive a large new shipment of the feet later this week and should have sufficient product to get them under my power supplies.

    The other thing about which I totally agree is that the effect of these in one's system is indeed cumulative and yes just as you suggest, they are very addicting
    Steve Williams
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    International Distributor of Center Stage Feet and owner of PitchPerfect Sound (www.pitchperfectsound.com)
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    I listened again to my main system today, and Holy Smokes!! The resolution was simply fantastic! The effect on me was awe striking and mesmerizing. The focus I have listening is so enhanced, and somehow it seems that the music is also focused on me, sucking me in, and I felt like I was in my own world. When "Fever" starts, I had always thought that the orchestra begins, stops, then the solo trumpet answers, stops, then orchestra again. Apparently, the orchestra continuously plays very softly when the solo trumpet enters, the trumpets fades and the orchestra gets louder, then they stop for a moment before the stage is turned over to the finger snappers, double bass player and Elvis. There is more than one finger snapper and they dance around stage center with Elvis. I must have repeated this song for one hour figuring out how it was patched together and amazed at the skill level of the engineers who were able to seamlessly arrange everything together. Each time I repeated the song, I followed a different player or group of players. Apparently again, this was at least two totally independently recorded sessions that were deconstructed and reconstructed. This level of resolution is totally new in my experience and I am already addicted to this level of resolution. The effect of this resolution is so compelling I can really feel the musicians communicating to me; this feels beyond being in the venue watching them perform. This feels like the other audiences have disappeared and there's just me and the musicians and I am immersed in the music. This is the second product that Steve has guided me to that I really love. His credibility with me keeps growing. I will be ordering more of these footers to install on the other components along my chain. If it made this much difference on only the source components, I really want to learn what more can do. I have not listened to the other source components on the main system yet, nor to my bedroom system yet, but what I just heard is convincing enough. I will be very surprised if I will not like the effect on my other source in the main system or bedroom system. For now, I will listen to other recordings on this chain. Incidentally, the source I listened to is an Audio Research CD 7. I will also keep my mind open in case I am underwhelmed when I listen to my other sources.

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    Tonight, I turned on my bedroom system. I'm not listening to Elvis anymore. I put on Kyung Wha Chung Con Amore. This is a violin and piano cd. My first impression is that there is a new level of clarity. Everything sounds clear and differentiated. Just like in my main system, I can follow each instrument independently. Aside from that, the clarity of the intrinsic sound of each instrument is clear enough that I can identify each instrument easily. What I am hearing is literally the removal of layers of veils. There is more on the piano. The piano sounds more complete. It is as if I am listening to a much larger speaker. It is difficult to believe the Von Schweikert VR 1 has so much low frequency weight and the size of the piano has never sounded bigger through the VR 1. I really feel myself drawn into the music. Music is simply more involving and more interesting to listen to. All these additional musical informations were there but are now uncovered by merely controlling the vibration in the source component. I'm amazed by this product!

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    Can't wait to hear them under your Tentation in a couple of weeks time Sam. Yes it is on it's way back.
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    Fantastic Jack! I've missed the Tentation. I look forward to listening to it again.

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    Over the past 4 days I have found myself in yet another settle in period with the CS feet. As an update I had center stage feet under all of my components for the past 6 weeks and was mesmerized by the sound I was hearing. To date I had not inserted the center stage feet under the 7 power supplies (6 Lamm and the PS to my Doshi tape pre) as I had never been able to retain sufficient product to place under my power supplies and also because I was uncertain as to the extent of sonic improvement if placed under my power supplies. I was encouraged however to do such, having read microstrip's favorable comments with the feet under his power supplies

    On Tuesday evening placed 8 tall feet under my amplifier power supplies and 20 regular size under the remaining 5 power supplies. It was late and I didn't get a chance to listen until Wednesday afternoon. My first impression was "WTF" is going on as the sound on this first listen was perhaps the worst I've heard initially when listening to the sound with the feet. I figured this was going to be fun listening to the changes evolve as the feet settle in.

    I have used the same system of burn in with these feet on each of the 5 occasions. I started first with the digital side of my system and played a demo disk from Philip O'Hanlon that I have used on each previous occasion. On the first 3 days all harmonics seemed to have gone down the drain. Strings seemed absolutely lifeless with no air around the strings. It sounded like a wire vibrating. A song by Leonard Cohen presented a voice that sounded absolutely horrible as that guttural tone of Cohen's voice was lacking.One track on this demo record is Welcome To My World by Depeche Mode. Previously the deep bass at the onset of the song was the best deep bass I had ever heard in my system. Such was no longer the case. The bass was incoherent, bloated and virtually unlistenable. Another song on that disk was Lester's Methadone Clinic by Sonia Dada. In the past when listening to this sound the back up singers could be heard along the right wall coming way forward of the plane of the speakers. This immersive effect was no longer heard. Another track was Sibelius Violin Conderto in D minor Op 47. In previous listening the harmonics on the violin were the best I've ever heard but now the strings sounded like a twangy mess.

    Having experienced the same observations in the past with the CS feet I knew I was in for a many day ride and followed my game plan. I played the same disk in auto replay for 8 hours and over the course of the next 3 days I only listened for the last 30 minutes of each 8 hour session to determine what if any changes I heard.

    The sound was pretty awful through yesterday morning with zero changes. It wasn't until late last night while listening I was amazed to hear a marked improvement in the midrange. My previous experiences were that the midrange seems to develop first with these feet. On the same demo disk was Lori Lieberman singing A Piece of Me. Hearing this last night was simply fantastic. Lori's voice was in the room with me and her back up singer was but a foot to her side as well as her violin backup on her other side was as real as it gets. A relisten to Lester's Methadone Clinic I now began to hear the vocal accompaniments stretching along the right side wall.

    If things repeat themselves my anticipation over the next 3-4 days will be a better midrange and mid bass with the deep bass being the last to fully resolve.

    So for now I can say unequivocally that having the CS feet under one's power supplies will definitely result in sonic gains. My plan is to continue to run the digital side of my system for another 3-4 days and then go the analog side and begin to play vinyl. I will leave playing tape until the very end because so far the feet under my Studer as well as under the Doshi tape pre has produced the very best sound that I have ever heard in my system. I commented on this recently when listening to one of Ed Pong's new tapes. My anticipation is that listening to the effects under the tape side of things will be the most revealing. I plan to post my thoughts here over the next week as the system begins to settle but finally yesterday after 3 days there were well heard sonic improvements

    The last song I played last night was Welcome to My World. Although the bass sounded somewhat tighter and more listenable it was still pretty fat and bloated. Leonard Cohen's voice last night was finally beginning to sound like him
    Steve Williams
    aka oneobgyn
    There's ALWAYS another Steve Williams BUT there's only "oneobgyn"
    International Distributor of Center Stage Feet and owner of PitchPerfect Sound (www.pitchperfectsound.com)
    Dealer Lamm Electronics
    My System

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