At the heart of every successful product lies a great concept. Paul Wakeen’s range of Stillpoints resonance-control designs for audio systems illuminate that point perfectly. From a straightforward 3 cones under your CD player through to a full-blown ESS (Equipment Suspension System) rack equipped with direct-coupled Component Stands, the Stillpoints system brings the kind of sonic benefits that have been traditionally associated with expensive component upgrades. As part of a carefully thought out high-end audio installation, where the preservation of musical performance should always be the prime consideration, the Stillpoints installations are, in my experience, unrivalled.

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RG mentions the Stillpoint/Verity/Berning room and I must say that having heard the room the first day while Stillpoints’ Paul Wakeen used his Stillpoints only under the Parsifals, I thought things sounded quite good. I wasn’t prepared for the astonishing change for the better on the second day when he removed the ‘points and replaced them with his Component Stands. My request is in for a pair as I’m currently using Stillpoints under my Micro BE’s – and if I can gain half of what I heard in Montreal by swapping out the Stillpoints for Component Stands, I’ll be one major step closer!

~ Richard Foster, HiFi+, Issue 39, page 26, 2005

Reviewed by Steve McCormack, SMc Audio
Vista CA

Hi Paul - I want to thank you again for your support with my Stillpoint standoff trials. With the proper number of standoffs in-hand to fully populate the VRE-1 preamplifier, I decided it was time to give them an "official" evaluation. Let me preface my remarks by saying that the VRE-1 is my statement piece. It is the result of an open-ended project to develop the highest-performance preamp possible, and it was in development for over 5 years while I examined every aspect of its performance. I believe it to be among the finest preamps available today, without regard for cost. Its performance in a truly fine system - like The Lotus Group's "Granada" speakers or the Kaiser "Kaweros" at Hi-Fi One - can be startlingly lifelike...and that was before the addition of the Stillpoints standoff technology.

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Reviewed by Jonathan Valin, The Absolute Sound
April 28, 2015

Stillpoints and Tidal Audio at Axpona Chicago, 2015

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