CRITICAL MASS SYSTEMS PRODUCT OF THE YEAR AWARD THE ABSOLUTE SOUND

Steve Williams

Site Founder, Site Owner, Administrator
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Critical Mass Systems CenterStage2 Isolation Feet
$240 apiece (and up)
The first iterations of Joe Lavrencik’s pricey acoustic-isolation feet didn’t overly impress JV (or RH). But these second-generation versions…well, they come very close to living up to the hype that Joe has lavished on them (he thinks they’re the best products he’s designed). Through the ultra-transparent MBL 101 X-treme loudspeakers, the differences they made parked under two pairs of MBL 9008 A monoblock amplifiers (resting on Lavrencik’s superb CMS Olympus stands) quickly became obvious—a wholesale relaxation of the sound, which by comparison seemed slightly bunched-up (like a sock fresh out of the dryer), and a consequent improvement in definition and dynamics (particularly apparent in the lower octaves) that made deep bass lines easier to follow and increased and better controlled slam in the mid-to-upper bass. Yeah, they cost a bit, but once installed they’ve proved indispensable—and Product of the Year-worthy, in JV and RH’s opinion. (reviewed this issue)
 
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Ron Resnick

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Congratulations, Steve!
 

JackD201

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What a coincidence I swapped out my CS1s with CS2s yesterday after I set my electronics back up at home after them being crated up after returning from our show. Now to compare the roller coaster ride LOL Funny thing is...Everything sounded good and normal all day from noon to before I went to bed. congratulations CMS and PPS :D

QXK wins at HiFi+ too!

So much for secret weapons hey Stevie?
 

Leif S

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Feb 14, 2015
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What a coincidence I swapped out my CS1s with CS2s yesterday after I set my electronics back up at home after them being crated up after returning from our show. Now to compare the roller coaster ride LOL Funny thing is...Everything sounded good and normal all day from noon to before I went to bed. congratulations CMS and PPS :D

QXK wins at HiFi+ too!

So much for secret weapons hey Stevie?
I want to know how it sounds today lol.
Glad to hear you got your system back together. Did you rearrange like you were talking about?
 

DaveC

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Nov 16, 2014
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Congrats! :D
 

JackD201

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Apr 21, 2010
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#8
I want to know how it sounds today lol.
Glad to hear you got your system back together. Did you rearrange like you were talking about?
Yes I did. Cables are dressed much more decently now too. LOL

I'm afraid to go down there hahahaha
 

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