Optimize the performance of each componentBuild your ESS Rack
Stillpoints has always possessed an uncanny ability to lower the noise floor with its innovative footers. But its amp stands and ESS racks are simply brilliantly innovative designs that will take your system even further into the realm of stygian silence.
Both are based around an unobtrusive, open architecture that allows your audio gear to take pride of place rather than within a bulky rack.
The amp stands can be adjusted to fit pretty much any amplifier and dramatically improve dynamics and interstitial detail. The same goes for the ESS racks, which offer an elegant and effective solution for housing your precious audio gear.
Built to your specification
Configure the Stillpoints ESS Rack to optimize space needed, and the performance of each component. Each rack requires, two masts, two cross bars, and shelves configured with support bars, using your choice of acrylic, X Grids, or Rail Grids to complete each platform.
Masts are tube assemblies that connect the cabling to the arms and legs. The height measurement is taken from the floor, to the top of the arm, and rounded to the nearest inch.
Two Cross Bars are required to connect the right and left masts to form a frame. The width specified with each set of cross bars, is the maximum space that a component will fit.
Support Bars are attached to the cables extending vertically between the arm and leg of the masts. Each cable is rated up to 2200 pounds before failure. Two support bars form the foundation for one shelf. The bars with technology pockets are designed to work with acrylic shelves, or X Grids, formerly called The Grids. The blank support bars facilitate the use of Rail Grids. The addition of Acrylic shelves, X Grids, or Rail Grids will accommodate the Ultra of your choice to complete the shelf assembly.
Until now, the ESS rack has been configured with each shelf level utilizing either an Acrylic Shelf, an X Grid, or a combination of both. The Rail Grid is the next generation of ESS performance upgrade.
The Rail Grids mount perpendicular to the front and rear support bars. On the underside, near the end of each Rail are machined slots, profiled to rest over the existing square dimension of the front and rear support bars. Once installed on the support bars, the Rails can slide laterally left and right to create a support frame ideal in width for the specific component to be used. Once the Rail Grid is in position to supra the component, turn the thumb screws to tighten the Rail Grid into place. This renders a tight shelf assembly.
Channels in the top of each rail hold T-nuts that can be moved forward or back as needed to adjust for depth of a component. Attach an Ultra of your choice, from Ultra Mini to Ultra 6, to the T-nuts and adjust the location of each, forward and back, to support your component. With the adjustments complete, a Rail Lock is supplied which will affix the rail firmly in place for ultimate stability.
Sonically, every aspect of the performance of the ESS is enhanced. Harmonic body and weight gives flesh to the musicians. The image is refined beyond anything we have done before.
The Rail Grid adds greater rigidity than the standard X Grid, supports heavier components more effectively, and allows greater flexibility for Ultra filter placement specific to each component while taking full advantage of the suspended isolation that is the hallmark of the ESS Equipment Rack.
The Rail Grid will fit any Stillpoints 3/4” support bar. If the technology pockets are in the way of the placement, then rotate the bar 180 degrees and you will have total freedom of placement.
The X Grid, originally named THE GRID, and the X Grid with Hard Hats, can be used on any ESS Rack that includes support bars with technology pockets. If choosing to replace an Acrylic Shelf, the X Grid will easily fit in that location. When replacing both acrylic shelves on the 40″wide support bars, two sets of the X Grid – SHORT must be ordered. The X Grids come standard with a set screw kit, for simple installation.
The Acrylic Shelf accommodates components that need additional area for accessories, or a power supply in a limited space. The shelves come standard with a Set Screw Kit allowing for an efficient installation. When choosing to replace both of either the X Grids, or Rail Grids, on a 40″ Wide ESS rack, two short acrylic shelves will transform the platform to all acrylic.