Review Stillpoints Ultra Mini


"Tougher than the rest"

In the world of resonance dampers there are more than enough to choose from these days. In the 16 years that I am in audio I owned and tested different 'vibration' controlers. This is how I like them to call.

They all do 'something' but at the end the outcome is different depending on which 'tool' ( I think in tools; amp, source, speaker, conditiner, cables etc.) you put them under. They even can work against you.

At shows I have auditioned different Stillpoints several times. And I auditioned them at clients and old colleagues who own them.

It was Always obvious and clear that they were effective.

These days my focus is only on the best 'tools' on the market. I work with less brands and 'tools' than in the past. This gives me a superior endresult than what I could achieve in the past with more different 'tools'

Audio is in my opinion all about creating the best sound possible. The best quality Always wins and sells best ( in how I create sound).

I was looking for 4 small vibration controlers under my streamer. I wanted them to be small and good looking. As a perfectionist it needs to look good. Or I even will not be interested.

When you get the Ultra mini's out of the box they get your attention directly. Mannnn...they look √°wesome. I got a big smile on my face even before I did audition them. Even the way they feel you know you got a 'unique'tool.

But the question is; what do they do to the sound?

Since 2007 my focus is only on 3 dimensional sound. I only sell tools which all can give a wide and deep stage. Within this stage instruments and voices need to be intimate and have the right proportion as in real.

Every system and tool I Judge from what I call 'TOTAL SOUND'
This is like a 'blueprint' for the absolute sound.

Regarding soundrealism the Ultra mini's made the sound even more involving than it already did. The mid freq. became more reaslistic. The high freq. were more open but sounded less harsh. The reason is that there is more authorithy. This gives you more grip and control over the mid and high freq.

3D stage; Stillpoints make your stage wider and deeper. I put a lot of effort and research to find the best cables in the world to create the best 3D and intimate stage possible. This part gets to an even higher level than without the use of them. When you hear to music you already heard for many hundreds of times, you know in a split second how much bigger the stage is. Instruments and voices become more what I call round.

Individual focus of instruments has become a lot sharper. It also gives you a more intimate feeling of the stage. I was surprised that instruments and voices could become that more apparent than they already where.

Blacks, here you win a lot. These days I choose those cables who also can give the best blacks possible. During small acoustic recordings you hear how much the blacks increased. I never heard these kind of recordings this intimate.

timing/speed; I never thought that they would work in this area so much better. It looks if the music is played faster. The control in the low freq. are stunning. Drums sound what I call 'shorter'

Resolution; this was the first part that got my attention when I listend to the first song. I could not imagine that the Ultra mini's could give you this more resolution. You hear many 'new'details you never heard before. There is also a lot more decay in the left and right corners behind the speakers.

Air; there is a lot more air around voices and instruments. They become more physical and touchable.

Freq. response; The low freq. are played faster and more controlled. But.....they even go deeper with the mini's. The high freq. sound a lot more open as well.

articulation of voices; this part got my attention when I started using professional acoustic measurments. The effort I already put in this part got to an even higher level than before. For example; 'Long Gone Before Daylight'from the Cardigans. The voice of Nina Persson during this number has become more clear than ever. She is playing with the volume of her voice. This makes this song a lot more emotional because her voice is so much more clear.

Hights; you can hear the differences in hights of recordings more easy and clear.

Compared to all 'vibration'controllers I owned and tested they are far superior. There is even no one what comes even close. It improves all parts for what I call 'Total Sound'

For the endresults it is one of the best bargains I ever auditioned in 16 years of time. I am a fool that I did not buy them earlier.

Just try them, and I can't imagine that you bring them back!

Bobby
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Bo1972, I wouldn't bother with the review. Most of us have tried them already and many have gone on to the Ultra Fives.

Kennyb, yours was a very interesting post. I have done this only once. This was on a StillPoints Rack with their Grids instead of shelves. I removed the SSs from under a cd player and substituded Ultra Minis. Because the SSs often lock up as you tighten them to assure that all four are in contact, I suspect that the Minis, which were the victor in this instance, were the result of them not locking up.

I have always found four Ultra are much better than three.
I prefer 4 to make it more stable. The benefit that it also gives a better result is a nice bonus.
Agree that 4 are better than 3. Once I pulled the 3 from under my phono stage and used these to get to 4 under DAC, preamp, and amp. Nice bump in performance.

Getting to 4 under everything will come after I address a few things first. I still have the older cones under my power strip (Quantum QBase). Replacing these with Ultra SS will be a nice upgrade, as I've heard this already. Also still have cones under my turntable used in conjunction with a Vibraplane.

The reason I swapped the Minis for the SS under my DAC as some friends wanted advice on whether to stretch for SS. After that, the Minis went in between the head and base section of my Aerial 10T speakers, replacing cones. HUGE upgrade. The speaker bases each sit on 4 Ultras SS.
Next week In will place the Ultra SS under my speakers as well. After this I will put them also under my PLW-15 subwoofer.

I Always do it in parts, because I need the information it gives to me.
Hey, Bo1972:

Did you "place the Ultra SS under".....your "speakers"?

If you did, while doing so, were you wearing your: "trousers make in italy"?

How 'bout it, did you: "personal.....like the looks"?