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dgaylin..there is a very good review at 'stereotimes.com' by norm luttbeg. i bought the ultra ss and placed them under my tidal speakers using metric threads to attach them ..x 4 / speaker....i also bought 2 more sets of 4 and am using them under my chalice audio ' grail' amps..i think they are superb and the improvement was ...as ramy said above..'dramatic'..read the review..it will give you all the info you need...i think..
Ebm -- the Symposium stuff is not what I'm looking for, thanks though.
Ramy, this is consistent with the review, thanks
Calloway, I read the article in stereotimes (I mis-cited it above as Positive Feedback). That article is tantalizing, but I don't have enough information on what can be bought, from whom and how to figure it all out. Thanks though for weighing in -- most appreciated.
Gotta admit, I have shared the same frustration trying to learn more about this stuff. Sought to find an actual distributor in NYC (where one would think it wouldn't be too difficult) in order to learn more and perhaps actually see some. Nope. Tried to learn how to actually affix them to gear, and didn't have much luck. A great deal of frustration.
From what I can deduce, the best way to use them is to screw them into your gear. They come with a threaded adaptor, and you can -- for more, think we're talking close to $10 per screw -- purchase additional adaptors to fit a specific piece of equipment. As for what the correct adaptor is for any given piece of gear, you're on your own. (Looking to put them under my speakers, which come with cones screwed into the bottom, and it seems that the stock thread is all that Id need).
As for who sells them, another long road. Only place that I've been able to find them are online shops like music direct and the cable company. No one in the greater New York area appears to have them. The cable company made some noises about putting them in their lending library so that you could try them out with a deposit like you can with their cables. But dont think that has happened yet. And regarding the Ultras, seems that the only real difference between the aluminum and the stainless steel version (aside from price) is that the SS ones purport to be better (for some undisclosed reason) and may again work better for heavier items (such as speakers). That said, both are rated at many, many times the weight of anything you could actually get on them, so youre again on your own to make sense of that one. Seems to reduce to more is better and more expensive is better. Believe us.
Forgive what appears to have turned into somewhat of a rant, but the bottom line is that these are some pricey gear footers, no less and there is a surprising lack of hard, practical literature out there regarding how to actually make them go in any given application. Requires a bit of a leap of faith to put your money down in order to wait for them to show up, and only then do you get to figure out whether you can even connect them to the gear in question.
Perhaps with a cooler head, suspect that the best bet is to call Stillpoints and have them explain it. They are, by all accounts, fantastically helpful. I want to believe they are what I want. And that they will work on the gear I want to use them with. And that, if there is more that needs to be purchased in order to make them work, there is at least a knowable process for determining what that is. Think that I have covered all of that ground but it was surprisingly difficult. Having spent months, off and on, flogging this process, just wanted to say that I feel your pain . All that said, still too much of a leap of faith for me to have pulled the trigger. And I've tried.
I share the same sentiment as Mezmo. I had been looking to try some expensive footers under my Verity Parsifal Encores. I have been using BDR cones in place of stock brass footers. My friends use Finite Elemente Cerabase and swears by them. So they've been on my radar for a while. I had learnt about the Stillpoints Ultra recently through some posts here by another member using the same speakers. He's tried many and thinks very highly of these with these speakers. He has since upgraded to some Avalons.
I searched high and low for information on them on the net, but came up with very little info as well. There is a dealer list on their website. I believe there is a picture on their website that shows the internal construction, which is very similar to the FE Cerabase, but more expensive. There was an ad selling two sets for $1,200 not too long ago. They were sold within a few days. Like Mezmo said, too much of a leap of faith for me too!
I just bought the Cerabase and we'll see if they are worth the money.
Paul, the head honcho from Stillpoints sent me adaptors for the Ultras under all speakers and units. Under another thread about the Ultra Stillpoints I talk much about placement and my experience. Less than a year ago I had spent 100 thousand+ on my new system and found myself pining away for my previous 20 thousand+system. After much testing the ultras are what made the biggest difference, quantum in nature no joke. By far the biggest differences are under the speakers, With main and subs about equal in improvement. If you have a specific question and are interested I will give you my feedback based on experience.