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High Performance Vibration
Mitigation Systems for High-End Audio

Improved to exceed your expectations, the Ultra Series of products designed by Critical Mass Systems, Inc. surpasses the best entries of other manufacturers in performance and aesthetic. With technology trickled down from our former top-of-the-line OLYMPUS, each Ultra Series product is a Masterwork of Thermodynamics designed exclusively for high end audio systems to provide music lovers realism in their listening experience. The new OLYMPUS-Ultra pictured to the left – constructed following our patented and award-winning dual-zone, 12-stage vibration damping model – is the foundation of a remarkable leap forward in the reduction of noise in the musical performance.  This is accomplished without loss of musical detail. Our unique Dual-Zone, 12-stage system is unparalleled in producing the lowest and most neutral noise floor in the industry.

High Performance Vibration
Mitigation Systems for High-End Audio

Improved to exceed your expectations, the Ultra Series of products designed by Critical Mass Systems, Inc. surpasses the best entries of other manufacturers in performance and aesthetic. With technology trickled down from our former top-of-the-line OLYMPUS, each Ultra Series product is a Masterwork of Thermodynamics designed exclusively for high end audio systems to provide music lovers realism in their listening experience. The new OLYMPUS-Ultra pictured to the left – constructed following our patented and award-winning dual-zone, 12-stage vibration damping model – is the foundation of a remarkable leap forward in the reduction of noise in the musical performance.  This is accomplished without loss of musical detail. Our unique Dual-Zone, 12-stage system is unparalleled in producing the lowest and most neutral noise floor in the industry.

OLYMPUS-ULTRA

MAXXUM-ULTRA

ULTRA-Q

SOTTO VOCE

SHELVES

Critical Mass Systems, Inc. shelves are patented. Recently, we developed dual-zone 12-stage damping systems for our Ultra-Platinum, Ultra-Diamond, MAXXUM-Ultra and OLYMPUS-Ultra filters. Each is designed to function exclusively with its associated architecture and damped in accord to tolerances of 1 to 10 thousandths of an inch.

Inside each of the above-mentioned filters are 3 fixed damping plates. These are located on the base plate of the filter, the resting area of the filter upon which the component is placed and on the interior plate below the resting area of the filter. Then, 8 internal damping stages are arranged 4 zones below and 4 zones above an elastomer which represents the 9th damping stage. The elastomer also serves to lower natural frequency. Each of the 9 internal damping stages are precisely calculated thicknesses of aluminum alloy, copper alloy and acrylic damping material. There is an important reason why we use very specific metal alloys, elastomers and acrylic damping materials.

You know the term “push/pull” as it relates to amplification. We can use “push/pull” in a different, very important way. Remembering that vibration cannot be stopped, think of the Critical Mass Systems, Inc. architecture described in the Approach Section as sophisticated resonance shaping systems that delivers energy into the dual-zone, 12-stage damping systems in a predictable manner. This architecture represents the “push” in the push/pull equation. The dual-zone 12-stage damping system represents the “pull” in the push/pull equation, managing the energy pushing upward toward the component to develop a balanced transfer of energy into and out of the component.

The reason balanced energy transfer is crucial is because of 2 fundamentals that are often ignored. First, you can overdamp a component. Overdamping results in a loss of depth, detail, slam, presence, pace and so on. Dull and lifeless systems sound like big, expensive, hifi radios. Second, components can be underdamped. Underdamping results in annoying, unnatural brittle edges in the presentation which cause listener fatigue. And, worst of all, both abnormal conditions can occur in systems at the same time. There is nothing worse than a flat, hi-fi soundstage with glaring edges in the vocals and instrumentation.

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ULTRA DIAMOND

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ULTRA PLATINUM

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SAPPHIRE 2

FOOTERS 

Critical Mass Systems, Inc. focuses on the principles of thermodynamics applicable to High End Audio. High End audio presents a range of challenges broader than those found in other industries where vibration is a barrier to performance. Our mission is to suspend disbelief, meaning; to provide the means to which electronics can make reality come out of your loudspeakers.

From the labor of our efforts came the LS loudspeaker series, the Center Stage 2M series, and most recently, the Center Stage Ultra Series.

Audio Becomes Visual – The Total Immersion Effect

The Total Immersion Effect can be described as a highly articulated acoustic sound field that extends from the back of the soundstage and sometimes wraps around the listener. It is crossing the threshold where audio becomes visual and the listener becomes part of the recording.

Center Stage products are designed to suspend disbelief. You experience something on the order of a 4k hi-rez 3D surround-event. You see the image in space, you hear and see the musical event occur inside the image, and then you hear, see and feel the sensory event spread out around you from the soundstage. Audio becomes visual and you become immersed in the sound field.

Knocking down the “wall” that separates the listener from the musicians requires the electromechanical balance inside the components to reach an ultrafine point of equilibrium and to hold that equilibrium point across 20,000+ Hz in a fluctuating energy field so that the component can remain stable enough to create the Immersion Effect with consistency in the listening space

CENTER STAGE ULTRA TC

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CENTER STAGE LS

CENTER STAGE ULTRA TD

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CENTER STAGE ULTRA TT

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MXK SPIKES & CUPS