Stillpoints are a multi award winning monolith in this industry of ours. A reference point, a global standard, a go-to necessity for any good system. By combating the mechanical energy and vibration inherent in our equipment, you lower the noise floor and radically improve the sound. Across the world simply thousands of systems have been stillpointed with tremendous reults. In much the same way, they were very early on deemed an absolute necessity in the Lotus portfolio.
‘Spring 2012 brought a comprehensively strengthened range of products by Paul Wakeen and his Stillpoints team. The release of the Ultra SS feet met overwhelming praise and approval from audiophiles and press alike, prompting a reassessment of the Stillpoints pecking order.
Although the original ‘volcano-shaped’ Stillpoint was already a memory, the surprise was by how far the Ultra SS outperformed the outgoing Ultra Aluminium and the more expensive Component Stand. Aware that Stillpoints has built its reputation on being the best solution for equipment support and isolation, Paul removed these unnecessary items from the range, and developed the Ultra Mini and the Ultra 5 – both using entirely Stainless Steel bodies, but with differing amounts of Stillpoints technology to meet different applications and budgets.
Ultra SS and Ultra 5 can be used underneath equipment (on a shelf or the floor) or underneath any loudspeakers, where they are ideally used with threaded adaptors as spike replacements. The Ultra 5 has 5 times the Stillpoints technology in a single package. Mor recently the Ultra 6 was launched and customers have reported them to be a major leap upwards from the Ultra 5.
The ultimate expression of the Stillpoints art is the ESS rack. Contained with this aesthetic beauty is engineering which sonically improves any system used with it, aided by six pockets of Stillpoints technology built into the support bars of each shelf.
The secret to Stillpoints design is in many fine details, but a key distinction is the way the four-tier filter prevents a direct energy path through the device. This isolation is in contrast with other support devices (such as spikes, cones and balls ), and the success of this approach is instantly audible.’