You know the term “push/pull” as it relates to amplification. We use push/pull in a different, very important way that describes the solution to the degradation vibration causes in stereo systems. 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 deliver 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.
(available alone as an amp stand or with Sotto Voce and Ultra-Q)
- Aluminum alloy framework
- Constrained Layer damping
- Five-stage, dual zone damping system
- Upper 3-stage Damping Zone
- 4 layer sandwich grouped in constrained damping layers
- Singular top plate material for rigidity under load
- Lower 2-stage Damping Zone
- 2 layer sandwich in constrained damping layers