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

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    No!!!

    There is some talk on Joes part that he might release a center stage foot for speakers. I can tell you that some members are using the 1.5’s under smaller book shelf speakers with great results
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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve Williams View Post
    No!!!

    There is some talk on Joes part that he might release a center stage foot for speakers. I can tell you that some members are using the 1.5’s under smaller book shelf speakers with great results
    Thanks!
    Thanks,
    Paul

    Speakers: Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary MK II Front L/R, LCR-35 Center, VR-1 Rear L/R Sub: JL Audio F113
    Amps: McIntosh MC452, MC207 Pre-Amp McIntosh C2500
    Turntable: VPI HR-X 12.7 TONEARM (2) and SDS
    Cartridges: Ortofon Cadenza Black, Lyra Helikon Mono Digital Source: Oppo BDP-83SE NuForce Edition DAC: Anedio D2
    SSP: Marantz AV8801 Cables: Wireworld Electra 7 (P) Wireworld Eclipse 7 (I) Wireworld Eclipse 6 (S) Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 (USB)

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    Quote Originally Posted by Audiophilehi View Post
    Thanks again Steve!

    Can they also go under my VSA VR-5 Anniversary MK II speakers?
    Paul your going to love these footers
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    VSA Endeavor 5's, E-3MkII's, Audio Alchemy electronics, VAC IQ200 monoblocks, VAC Master Line Stage with Phono Pre, Kronos Pro with SCPS, Black Beauty Tone arm, ZYX cartridge, Lampizator, Aurender, MasterBuilt cables, J-corder open reel deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JackD201 View Post
    Scheduled this Saturday Leif. I think you know since you've been in touch with Neil

    Saturday, everything goes ALL-IN!
    I'm on pins and needles dammit!!! LOL
    Leif Swanson
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    VSA Endeavor 5's, E-3MkII's, Audio Alchemy electronics, VAC IQ200 monoblocks, VAC Master Line Stage with Phono Pre, Kronos Pro with SCPS, Black Beauty Tone arm, ZYX cartridge, Lampizator, Aurender, MasterBuilt cables, J-corder open reel deck.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Leif S View Post
    Paul your going to love these footers
    Thanks Leif! Iím sure I will. Iíve read nothing but great things about them. Just need a little time to save.

    Loving my VSA HR-5 Anniversary MK IIís
    Thanks,
    Paul

    Speakers: Von Schweikert VR-5 Anniversary MK II Front L/R, LCR-35 Center, VR-1 Rear L/R Sub: JL Audio F113
    Amps: McIntosh MC452, MC207 Pre-Amp McIntosh C2500
    Turntable: VPI HR-X 12.7 TONEARM (2) and SDS
    Cartridges: Ortofon Cadenza Black, Lyra Helikon Mono Digital Source: Oppo BDP-83SE NuForce Edition DAC: Anedio D2
    SSP: Marantz AV8801 Cables: Wireworld Electra 7 (P) Wireworld Eclipse 7 (I) Wireworld Eclipse 6 (S) Wireworld Platinum Starlight 7 (USB)

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    Okay so I set up the system and all CS footers are in. Serendipity had the 1.5s for the amps arrive the same day so in they went as well. Here is how to make your CMS racks and CS footers settle in no time. No women, children or animals were hurt LOL



    Much tuning to do over the next week or so but this is already the least painful break in process in my 30 years in the hobby.
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    Quote Originally Posted by JackD201 View Post
    Okay so I set up the system and all CS footers are in. Serendipity had the 1.5s for the amps arrive the same day so in they went as well. Here is how to make your CMS racks and CS footers settle in no time. No women, children or animals were hurt LOL



    Much tuning to do over the next week or so but this is already the least painful break in process in my 30 years in the hobby.
    I can see what you mean, Jack. There is no 'before' phenomenon, so all is like an 'after' since the speakers and some things are brand new. They will all settle in, break in, burn in, whatever in, together.
    Phil

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    Time for an upgrade on the status of the 1.5 Center Stage footers. My system for the last two weeks has been stable - DCS Vivaldi , Lamm's and SoundLab's - except for the entrance of the 1.5's under the Lamm L2 Ref that have been using the .8. It is now one week since I put them in service and again the system improved - a more enjoyable sound, more bass articulation, leading to a more clear sound, but never etched or artificial. My first warning was a few days ago listening to Nat King Kole Hirez files. I always had the feeling that these recordings needed analog to sound good, but they sounded clear and with greater presence and detail than I expected being delivered by Roon. Strings were sweet and wavering in rhythm - with a delicious nostalgic tonal balance.

    Playing the usual suspects in the DCS Vivaldi transport - Savall recordings, Mercedes Sousa Missa Criola and a few Harmonia Mundi Manuel da Falla recordings confirmed my findings - bass seemed deeper and more defined and everything was more separated from speakers with the 1.5 CS.

    Now for the only negative - these new footers are significantly taller than the .8 and at first sight the equipment looks like chickens on the perch until we get used to them. But once we listen to them we do not want to go back to the .8's ...

    Congratulations Joe!
    DCS Vivaldi 2.0 stack, Metronome Kalista / Kondo KSL DAC, Soundlab A1 Px's , EMT927, SME3012R, ARC Phono 3, ARC REF40, VTL Siegfried II, TA Opus MM2 speaker and signal, TA XL digital, TA XL gen V power cables, CenterStage footers and Nordost Qkore8's!

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    I have the 1.5's under my amps and I can tell you the biggest change was in the deep bass.

    I agree about how they look under your components as they are so tall however I would encourage you to think about putting them under your amps as well as under the power supplies for your amps
    Steve Williams
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    USA Dealer of Center Stage Feet and owner of PitchPerfect Sound (www.pitchperfectsound.com)
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    Announcement of Center Stage2

    First, I want to thank everyone who has been so kind and generous as to share their experiences with Center Stage. It was gratifying for me to watch the growing trust and acceptance of Center Stage in those who took the initial leap of faith.

    Now, I’m very pleased to announce the release of Center Stage2. To review, Center Stage enjoyed its original release about 1 year ago. Over that year, many music lovers joined the Center Stage family to realize the tremendous benefit Center Stage brings to audio systems. CS delivers the one thing we all want; that leap toward reality.

    Center Stage was designed to reveal the tremendous engineering already inside your audio components, buried in there by poor performing audio feet, and to reveal the previously unheard engineering hidden in recordings. We said Center Stage was revolutionary compared to other products. Now, we can say the best has just gotten better.

    To understand how Center Stage2 has been improved, it might be helpful to review why the original version was groundbreaking. Center Stage was designed to exacting specifications using material science and 1st Law principles that rely heavily on the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics to meet its performance objectives. Many references to this can be found in this thread.

    Applying physics in new ways to audio playback proved that new thinking applied to age old listening room problems could result in groundbreaking advancements. We focused on 3 things. Firstly, CS used impedance mismatching and 1st Law methodologies to greatly reduce vibration moving upward from the floor. Secondly, a new methodology was developed that virtually eliminated the noise inherent to the materials used to fabricate the foot. Eliminating the thumbprint of the device is a devilishly difficult prerequisite to preserving the individual DNA of each component and achieving the class-leading performance of Center Stage. Finally, a new-for-audio application of the 2nd Law was developed to transfer entropy out of the component. Testimonials and reviews tell us that the precise execution of these critical elements can make an unexpected leap toward realism in playback.

    Center Stage2 has been improved in all 3 of these areas. Better has become better yet. But, there is even more to announce.

    The shortest foot, CS2 0.8, is audibly improved over the original version. There are no trade-offs; nothing is left behind or lost, there is quite simply an audibly improved revelation of the engineering capability of your components. You hear more of what the designer engineered into the circuitry and this takes you another step closer to realism in your listening room.

    The medium height foot, CS2 1.0, is audibly improved over the original version, AND it is audibly improved over the CS2 0.8 foot. This is a new achievement in the Center Stage2 product line. The performance improvement is not small. Speaking strictly in terms of high end audio playback, the performance of this foot exceeds the performance of some active and passive industrial isolation systems across the audible spectrum. This is a major accomplishment.

    The tallest height foot, CS2 1.5, is better than the CS2 1.0 foot and improved over its original version. It is simply in a class by itself.

    Additionally, we are expanding the number of distributors and dealers through which Center Stage is available.

    HiFi+ will publish the first review of Center Stage2 in its September issue. Other CS2 reviews are planned. Also, we’re going to circle back with Greg Weaver and Dr. David W. Robinson, both of whom allowed the first version of CS into their system. Thankfully, they’ve agreed to experience CS2 and perhaps render comparisons.

    Of course, improving the performance of an already excellent product is not a simple task. There is an increased cost. Accordingly, Center Stage pricing has increased. I know this isn’t a popular thing to read, but we are offering a limited time introductory offer on the CS2 0.8 of buy 3 and get the 4th at no additional cost.

    Please don’t feel like you must read a new review before you purchase CS2. I will say without equivocation that the latest version is better in every way than the original and the value received exceeds their cost. Center Stage2 is a tremendous audio investment.

    Thank you!

    All the Best,

    Joe
    Joseph Lavrencik
    President,
    Critical Mass Systems
    www.criticalmasssystems.com

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