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

Steve Williams

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Hey Steve, I have been waiting to see if Joe and son would come up with footers for speakers like was mentioned in forum. Are there problems that were not expected? Are they working on it or did problems arrive? Thanks marc
Joe has the beta versions of the speaker feet. They will come in 2 sizes. Release date has not been announced yet. I’ve seen photos of them


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May 25, 2010
Jersey Shore- waterside
I have been using CMS footers since their first beta test and found them to be remarkable, and improving with every iteration. Fortunately, the awkward break-in period has also improved and shortened, with the 1.5's being far and away the best of the three sizes. I have them throughout my system and no longer consider them accessories, but rather part of the cost of each piece of equipment.

My last system upgrade was a big one, chronicled on WBF under "My Bucket List Sound System". My current core electronics are VAC with a Statement 450IQ S amp. Since the amp is two chassis and heavy at well over 200 pounds, I have had 4 1.5 footers under the power supply and 4 more under the amplifier section which sits on top of the power supply. Since the combined height of the amp chassis is too high for my rack it has been sitting on the floor on a thin area rug between my VSA Ultra 9's using the 8 1.5 CMS footers, producing beautiful sound for almost a year.

Today, I did a simple experiment that for once cost no money, but improved the sound once again, by giving the footers a better base, namely a 1.5" slab of slate that the 4 1.5 footers under the power supply now sit on, with the amplifier still stacked on top of the PS with another 4 1.5 footers. Immediately the sound improved somewhat in the way I expect CMS footers to enhance the sound. Now after 8 hours in this configuration, the sound has continued to improve beyond the magnitude of benefit from the first footers I beta tested when they first came out several years ago.

The same was true with my Taiko SGM Extreme (100 pounds) with 4 1.5 footers, whose sound improved with the addition of each of the four 1.5 footers in rapid succession because I could not insert all 4 of them them and hold the Extreme, so I added one in each corner after hefting the Extreme on the the shelf and then rapidly inserted a footer in each corner with immediate improvement, which rapidly leveled off around 7-10 days. Each addition to the chain makes the entire chain sound better, as did the addition of MasterBuilt Ultra PC's, IC's and speaker wire.

My only conclusion is that everything matters, especially as your system quality improves.

Bravo Joe and Steve.


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Jul 18, 2015
Hi Steve;

Just wanted to drop you a note to let you know the results from the placement of the CS2’s. As a famous Monkee once said, “Im a Believer”!!!!!! These things are pretty incredible. It takes some patience and there is a definite need to engage restraint as you are waiting for the footers to actually settle in but, once you do, you’re definitely in for a treat. I wouldnt have believed it since they look like miniature hockey pucks but boy looks are really deceiving. As you know, I have a “good” system. Not quite as high end as most in WBF but, certainly respectable. Having added a pair of Von Schweikert ESE’s recently, I had renewed interest in getting the best sound possible out of my system and adding these footers were certainly a great addition! Sound stage completely opened up and as many of those that have tried these commented, “there is a 3 dimensionality” that comes into play that was there before but now it is ever present. Bass tightens up but also becomes explosive at the right times. I happen to believe that my speakers are some of the best in the marketplace but, adding the CS2”s to my equipment have brought them to another level. Im excited and appreciate your help in providing another step in the pathway of having the music be great music and not just great sound.

Thank you again, Im sure I will be back in touch as I can feel a set of the LS series in my future!

All the best,

Steve Williams

Site Founder, Site Owner, Administrator
Thanks Mark

I appreciate your feedback. These are remarkable pieces of equipment as I consider them system changers. Now with the release of the LS Series they take one's system to an even higher level


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Jun 18, 2011
Hong Kong
The Center Stage2 LS Series of footers have finally arrived at Hong Kong.

They are huge!

But so is their effect.
My friend Leo tried them with a YG Acoustics Hailey2.2 speaker at Famous AV, the HK dealer of both brands.
The Hailey2.2 seemed to have been transformed into Sonja2.2 !!!

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