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Steve Williams

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#61
Hi CK

There was one other comment I should have made yesterday.

If a shim is necessary for proper positioning, the shim should be placed between the bottom of the CS foot and the top of the CMS interface
 
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CKKeung

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#62
Hi CK
There was one other comment I should have made yesterday.

If a shim is necessary for proper positioning, the shim should be placed between the bottom of the CS foot and the top of the CMS interface
This is important.
Many thanks!
 

joelavrencik

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#64
Are we to expect the speaker footers soon?
Hi Mullard88

Thank you for asking. We finished the drawings and are fabricating the prototypes right now. We still have to determine the final configuration that gets us the test results we want, but have no doubt that it is our intention to produce a product that performs at the same level as our current CS2 line up. In fact, we have 2 height-adjustable products coming that have dual use potential for turntables and loudspeakers. We designed 2 products of different diameters and internal configurations to reach the widest range of TTs and LSs possible. I see the potential for these to be used with and/or without adapters depending on the host product's dimensions/configuration. This is the best update I can provide at this time. I hope this helps.

All the Best,

Joe
 
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Thank you for the update Joe. I had an urge to try your big footers on the double Quads a few days ago but I was uncertain how much weight a set of four footers could carry. Then I recalled that some time ago, you mentioned that speaker footers may be available in early 2019.
 

CKKeung

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#66
Hi Mullard88
Thank you for asking. We finished the drawings and are fabricating the prototypes right now. We still have to determine the final configuration that gets us the test results we want, but have no doubt that it is our intention to produce a product that performs at the same level as our current CS2 line up. In fact, we have 2 height-adjustable products coming that have dual use potential for turntables and loudspeakers. We designed 2 products of different diameters and internal configurations to reach the widest range of TTs and LSs possible. I see the potential for these to be used with and/or without adapters depending on the host product's dimensions/configuration. This is the best update I can provide at this time. I hope this helps.
All the Best,
Joe
Hello Joe,
That's a very good news!

Leo in Hong Kong is a good friend of mine. He is eagerly waiting for these CS2 loudspeaker models for his Magico Q7.

Pls show us some photos when avaialble.
Thank you again!
 

joelavrencik

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Nov 15, 2016
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#67
Hello Joe,
That's a very good news!

Leo in Hong Kong is a good friend of mine. He is eagerly waiting for these CS2 loudspeaker models for his Magico Q7.

Pls show us some photos when avaialble.
Thank you again!
Hi CK

Sure thing. We'll share things as they progress.

As a side bar, I have deep respect for Leo. We had dinner together a few years ago. He is quite an intellect and a hell of a good guy.

Joe
 

CKKeung

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#68
Hi CK
Sure thing. We'll share things as they progress.
As a side bar, I have deep respect for Leo. We had dinner together a few years ago. He is quite an intellect and a hell of a good guy.
Joe
Yes, and he is one of the most feverish audiophiles in HK too.

BTW I am wondering whether the coming CS2 turntable model will suit his DaVinci Gabriel turntable or not.
 
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#69
As some of you might know from my previous postings that thanks to Steve Williams, I was one of the original CS footer beta testers and then again one of the original beta testers of CS2 footers. I was remarkably impressed by the difference both the CS and CS2 footers made with regard to overall cohesiveness of the sound. During intervals of returning one version to Steve, I basically stopped listening until the replacements arrived and had at least 10 days on them.

6 days ago my first set of CS2 1.5 footers arrived, which I put under my Spectral DMA300 RS amp. Within 2 minutes, I heard a clear difference, with the vinyl I was playing starting to sound smoother or maybe more cohesive. During each of the past 5 days, I have heard an improvement with much less ugly sound than occurs with the 1.0 and 0.8 CS2 footers during the break in. Yesterday at 5 days listening to both vinyl and digital, I heard the first true 1.5 new sound. Once again as with the .8 and 1.0, the sound became very homogenous and much smoother at near clipping levels, which was much more listenable than the same volume without the 1.5's.

While this may not help some, the best way I can describe the 1.5's compared to the 1.0's and 0.8's is that 1.5's sound like the full version of the footers, while the 1.0's and 0.8's sound like lightweight teasers. Although I only bought 4 1.5's I am awaiting the arrival of my new VAC Statement amp, Reference preamp and phono stage, which I expect to be more impacted by the footers than SS Spectral, because of the importance of eliminating microphonics. While I expect the amp, preamp and phono pre will be the most impacted, the question is what do I do with the 3 power supplies?
 
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joelavrencik

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#70
As some of you might know from my previous postings that thanks to Steve Williams, I was one of the original CS footer beta testers and then again one of the original beta testers of CS2 footers. I was remarkably impressed by the difference both the CS and CS2 footers made with regard to overall cohesiveness of the sound. During intervals of returning one version to Steve, I basically stopped listening until the replacements arrived and had at least 10 days on them.

6 days ago my first set of CS2 1.5 footers arrived, which I put under my Spectral DMA300 RS amp. Within 2 minutes, I heard a clear difference, with the vinyl I was playing starting to sound smoother or maybe more cohesive. During each of the past 5 days, I have heard an improvement with much less ugly sound than occurs with the 1.0 and 0.8 CS2 footers during the break in. Yesterday at 5 days listening to both vinyl and digital, I heard the first true 1.5 new sound. Once again as with the .8 and 1.0, the sound became very homogenous and much smoother at near clipping levels, which was much more listenable than the same volume without the 1.5's.

While this may not help some, the best way I can describe the 1.5's compared to the 1.0's and 0.8's is that 1.5's sound like the full version of the footers, while the 1.0's and 0.8's sound like lightweight teasers. Although I only bought 4 1.5's I am awaiting the arrival of my new VAC Statement amp, Reference preamp and phono stage, which I expect to be more impacted by the footers than SS Spectral, because of the importance of eliminating microphonics. While I expect the amp, preamp and phono pre will be the most impacted, the question is what do I do with the 3 power supplies?
Hi Russ

Hope all is well with you.... If you're asking the question I think you are, you can consider the power supplies as components in the signal path. CS2 will be audibly effective in these applications. If you are stacking the mains and PSs, you can separate them with CS2. In the case of the amp(s), the same is true. These can be separated. I would keep the feet close to the SS cups but not touching them. If you're not stacking the components, you know what to do. Have fun with your excellent new system!!

All the Best,

Joe
 

Steve Williams

Site Founder, Site Owner, Administrator
#71
As some of you might know from my previous postings that thanks to Steve Williams, I was one of the original CS footer beta testers and then again one of the original beta testers of CS2 footers. I was remarkably impressed by the difference both the CS and CS2 footers made with regard to overall cohesiveness of the sound. During intervals of returning one version to Steve, I basically stopped listening until the replacements arrived and had at least 10 days on them.

6 days ago my first set of CS2 1.5 footers arrived, which I put under my Spectral DMA300 RS amp. Within 2 minutes, I heard a clear difference, with the vinyl I was playing starting to sound smoother or maybe more cohesive. During each of the past 5 days, I have heard an improvement with much less ugly sound than occurs with the 1.0 and 0.8 CS2 footers during the break in. Yesterday at 5 days listening to both vinyl and digital, I heard the first true 1.5 new sound. Once again as with the .8 and 1.0, the sound became very homogenous and much smoother at near clipping levels, which was much more listenable than the same volume without the 1.5's.

While this may not help some, the best way I can describe the 1.5's compared to the 1.0's and 0.8's is that 1.5's sound like the full version of the footers, while the 1.0's and 0.8's sound like lightweight teasers. Although I only bought 4 1.5's I am awaiting the arrival of my new VAC Statement amp, Reference preamp and phono stage, which I expect to be more impacted by the footers than SS Spectral, because of the importance of eliminating microphonics. While I expect the amp, preamp and phono pre will be the most impacted, the question is what do I do with the 3 power supplies?

I call the CS2 1.5's the Big Bertha's of the CS line as they sure know how to deliver
 
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