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Clear Audio Magix levitation feet - impressions and pics!

post #1 of 92
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Previously I used two sets of Solid-tech Feet of Silence between my amp and Benchmark DAC1. My amp has Disc of Silence, suspension shelf and Feet of Silence under it. So my DAC was isolated from ground bourne vibrations in 5 steps. When I went from 4 steps to 5 steps I heard a huge difference in blackness. But I wasn't able to stack up any higher because my table is in the way.

Instead of spending so much on multi-step Feet of Silence, it's cheaper with Magix instead. The top disc is levitating above a magnetic field inside the feet. When you add weight the disc moves down, and with too much weight it touches the bottom.

These work great with headphone setups because there aren't any air bourne resonances which would otherwise require feet that have some dampening.




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post #2 of 92
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Benchmark DAC1

Magix vs Solid-tech Feet of Silence (multi-step)

First impressions under DAC: More detail, resolution and transparency. Everything is more distinct. Female vocals are bassier. Bass is stronger but hasn't increased in size! Magix made it better in every way.
post #3 of 92
Patrick,

You state that when you place weight on these they compress. Is the piston or magnetic levitating piece connected to the outside cup?
I am wondering if the two are mechanically coupled? Is there lateral movement in the supporting piece.
Do you know the weight limit for each piece?
post #4 of 92
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Originally Posted by 883dave View Post
Patrick,

You state that when you place weight on these they compress. Is the piston or magnetic levitating piece connected to the outside cup?
I am wondering if the two are mechanically coupled? Is there lateral movement in the supporting piece.

The disc on top can be angled sideways a little but any lateral movement isn't possible, the disc can also be rotated smoothly. The whole internals are sealed. I think there's some kind of liquid at the sides inside the foot to make the piece with the disc move up and down smoothly. It doesn't seem like it's fully isolated near the top of the device.

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Do you know the weight limit for each piece?
Manual says 10 lbs or 5 kg.
post #5 of 92
thanks for the info

do you have any 110 length vishu cord left?
post #6 of 92
Mag-lev stuff is cool.
post #7 of 92
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Feet of Silence under Power Plant

A couple hours later I moved the Feet of Silence under my Cary transport and P300 Power Plant which didn't have any isolation before. The difference was subtle at first, it seemed to get warmer and more dull, but detail was the same. In the first few minutes I didn't like it much and wanted to remove the Feet. But after half an hour I noticed how calm and quiet everything sounded like, I started hearing more low-level detail. There was more speed and it was still more relaxing, amazing. I listened 8 hours straight and still wasn't fatigued!

The calm sound is very addicting, I'm scared to put the headphones on because I won't be able to take them off!
post #8 of 92

Another Option

I use glued and stacked hockey puck(s) for isolation. Cheap and works very well.

post #9 of 92
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I didn't listen to my system for almost 2 days because I was afraid to get disappointed if it wasn't true. Now I listened again and it's true! After 1 track it sounded so good I almost had to turn off music!

With proper isolation the synergy gets closer to perfection, it all takes care of itself. Everything now is more distinct without anything being emphasized. With the Feet of Silence there was great synergy but a different stiffness of the rubber bands changed the sound. The more the rubber was stretched the darker it sounded like. When the rubber was stiff it started emphasizing frequencies in the music. When I put extra rubber bands on the Feet I got stronger upper bass. It wasn't neutral. But with Magix I don't seem to hear any emphasis of frequencies, it is flat from top to bottom with more dynamics and resolution.
post #10 of 92
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I can hear clarity in the bottom end now. With the Feet of Silence it seemed like the mid-bass was emphasized. But with Magix the mid-bass sounds cleaner than before. At first I thought it sounded more open with lack of bass, but no, all the bass is there and it has higher resolution than ever. It's very clean. Feet of Silence gave exaggerated bass that was too warm, this is what I complained about in other threads! But now with Magix there are no problems!
post #11 of 92
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I would make some videos but can't do it anymore since I sold some stuff so I can buy more Magix. Magix is that good.

I'm hearing more dynamics from Feet of Silence under P300 Power Plant now. I put back the tennis balls and it sounded flat and dull with lack of low-level detail. I'm buying Magix for the P300...
post #12 of 92
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I use glued and stacked hockey puck(s) for isolation. Cheap and works very well.

HHmm, pucks are really hard rubber and don't absorb any fibration. Maybe it's the stiffness they need.
post #13 of 92
Patrick, you should get some of these Mini Magix instead, at least for your light-weight components:
http://www.analogshop.de/clearaudio/...oer/AC101.html
post #14 of 92
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Patrick, you should get some of these Mini Magix instead, at least for your light-weight components:
http://www.analogshop.de/clearaudio/...oer/AC101.html
Thanks, that's just what I needed, since they are smaller I can now fully isolate my system, even my headphone cable!

I don't see them on Clear Audio's site. But I found this:

http://www.audioclassics.nl/clearaud...io_catalog.pdf

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Magix2
Decoupling the equipment from vibrations is one of the demanding
methods to the set-up of the components. Covered
with non-resonant POM (a teflon alike material) the Magix2 has
a fine looking apperance. Height adjustment yet simple and
perfect will be the demand for plain acting turntables. We
favour the use of 3 Magix2 with or without baseplates for exact balancing.
Quote:
Mini-Magix2
Elegantly designed with the same technique inside our specialists
offer the option for the use in smaller racks with reduced
space. Either the use of threaded spikes or rubber device.

It says Mini has the same technique inside, but what about outside? Is it covered with the non-resonant POM?
post #15 of 92
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BTW. I have the 4th Magix under the PSU of my computer. I haven't yet tested if it makes a difference there.






I bought a few more Magix now:


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