Silence Focus – Passive Decoupling / Damping Amplifier & Power Supply Platforms

The adverse effect of vibrations on electronic components, ceramics, crystals and conductors (to name a few) are well documented in various technical publications. Hifi equipment are thus also highly sensitive to internal and external vibrations – be it component resonances, sound waves or subsonic noise – all have the ability to ultimately impair sound reproduction and therefore degrade the performance of your hifi equipment.

The usual hifi stands try to damp these resonances only by utilising different materials.

We at THIXAR think the optimum solution is that absolutely no vibrations reach the equipment. So how do we achieve this? By optimum decoupling of the device with our special gel-based technology floating storage…

 



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Silence Focus – Passive Decoupling / Damping Amplifier & Power Supply Platforms

The adverse effect of vibrations on electronic components, ceramics, crystals and conductors (to name a few) are well documented in various technical publications. Hifi equipment are thus also highly sensitive to internal and external vibrations – be it component resonances, sound waves or subsonic noise – all have the ability to ultimately impair sound reproduction and therefore degrade the performance of your hifi equipment.

Every component of a Hi-Fi system is sensitive to vibrations. Contrary to widespread misconception, this is also true of high quality amplifiers and power conditioners – and to a particularly striking degree. That is why we have developed a special version of the Silence base for this class of device – a version that addresses the specific requirements of power amplifiers, pre-amplifiers, integrated amplifiers and power conditioners. To accomplish this, AVC technology (Adaptive Vibration Control) from THIXAR had to be used in a new way.

The task: Amplifiers (and power conditioners) themselves produce a considerable amount of low-frequency vibrations, whose energy must be absorbed and processed by the base. At the same time, it must decouple the amplifier from the substrate, in order to avoid interactions with other devices. And because some amplifiers (and power conditioners) are very heavy, a base designed for a standalone installation on the floor must provide high mechanical strength. For this reason, the Silence Focus distributes the load on five special feet.

Findings from many trial configurations with extensive measurements and acoustic tuning indicated that a three-level base design achieved the best results.

Construction:

  1. The upper level comprises a three-layer sandwich made of aluminium, the underlying damping layer, and a multi-layer wood material. The aluminium plate transmits the vibrations directly to the damping layer, which absorbs them extremely effectively through shear forces. In this way, the power amplifier eliminates its own vibrations.
  2. The lower level serves to decouple the mounting area from the substrate. This is where the proven gel technology from THIXAR is used. It is extremely flexible and can thus be optimally adapted to the task. Through precise weighing out of the components used, we achieved a correct balance between effective decoupling and mounting stability. This prevents additional vibrations from being introduced into the amplifier from external sources. Moreover, the Silence Focus prevents the power amplifier (or power conditioner) from exciting vibrations in other devices
  3. Between the two levels described above, a mixture of materials is specifically selected to effectively eliminate mid- and high-frequency interference. We achieve that result through the effective combination of different wooden materials, elastomers and metal layers

This sophisticated structure of a Silence Focus is a necessary condition enabling the amplifier (or power conditioner) mounted on it to perform to its full potential. The qualities of the components become much more apparent – an essential enhancement of sound quality is very clearly perceptible.

You will be amazed at how good your equipment can sound!

Specifications

Dimensions (Silence Focus Medium): 527mm (W) x 592mm (D) x 86mm (H)
Dimensions (Silence Focus Large): 480mm (W) x 640mm (D) x 86mm (H)
Finishes: black/silver matt or silver/copper matt as standard finishes. Carbon Fibre Black, High-Gloss, Genuine Wood Veneers also available on request.
Weight: Silence Focus Medium – 12kg, Silence Focus Large – 13kg

Max Load: 200kg

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