SMD Ultimate – Passive Decoupling / Damping HiFi Rack Modules

Hifi equipment are highly sensitive to vibrations. The better the equipment, the more it suffers. Be it component resonances, sound waves or subsonic noise – whatever goes into the system degrades the performance. Hence, the traditional 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 floating technology.


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SMD Ultimate – Passive Decoupling / Damping HiFi Rack Modules

Hifi equipment are highly sensitive to vibrations. The better the equipment, the more it suffers. Be it component resonances, sound waves or subsonic noise – whatever goes into the system degrades the performance. Hence, the traditional 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 floating technology.

The fact that high-end hi-fi equipment tends to show a highly sensitive response to whatever it is standing on is not a secret. Both solid-state and tube amps as well as analogue turntables can only reveal their full potential if they can do their work undisturbed by any vibration. Only then can you experience the sense of space, the dynamics and richness of detail in full audiophile splendour.

The SMD Ultimate rack system range is based on our highly successful Silence Plus equipment base. In doing this, we focussed on isolating the surface on which the equipment stands from vibrations of the shelf beneath, thereby minimising the amount of external vibrations affecting the equipment.

Features:

(1) The sides of the rack module look very simple from the outside. Inside, however, there are lots of know-how and detail built in. The sides consist of a sandwich-construction that is unique because of the type of material used, the workmanship of the individual layers and the type of connection used. These efforts mean it is possible to absorb vibrations which could damage the machine.

(2) The support surface is formed by the latest version of our hi-fi-equipment stand, Silence Plus, since this provides outstanding degrees of decoupling and uniform absorption of vibration. This is essential to achieve the optimum foundation for high-quality audio components. The top surface rests on a gel layer, which effectively cuts out low-frequency vibrations. In addition, various material layers are individually prepared and then combined together to absorb the vibrations of the equipment itself.

(3) One small, unseen detail should be mentioned at this point, since it has an enormous influence on the resulting sound. That is the link between the sides and the base. There are certainly simpler and cheaper ways to achieve this. However we have opted for a complex solution which guarantees the best sound.

(4) Every module is supplied with a set of accessories, consisting of 16 stainless steel turntable components, especially designed for this rack range. They consist of the following: (i) 4 Spikes with 4 support discs so that the module can be set up securely and horizontally aligned (ii) 4 Decorative caps which are screwed into the threads at the top when the modules are set up individually (iii) 4 Stainless steel and Delrin feet which can be screwed into the lower threads instead of the spikes when the modules are stacked one on top of the other.

(5) The modules can be set up alongside one another by screwing the spikes into the bottom threads and the caps into the top ones. If the modules are to be stacked, the spikes are only used for the module at the bottom. Then the feet are screwed into the bottoms of the other modules instead of spikes. They can then be inserted into the upward facing thread openings of the rack at the bottom. There they rest on a damper, which prevents vibrations being transmitted to the module on top.

Rest assured that behind this simple-looking and elegant hi-fi rack there is a whole lot of knowledge, experience and testing.

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

Specifications

Model Versions:
M-Module (modules can be stacked or placed next to each other)
L-Module (modules can be stacked or placed next to each other)

Dimensions (inner):
M- Module – 500mm (W) x 450mm (D) x 150mm (H)
L-Module – 550mm (W) x 500mm (D) x 250mm (H)

Dimensions (outer):
M- Module – 580mm (W) x 450mm (D) x 240mm (H)
L-Module – 630mm (W) x 500mm (D) x 330mm (H)

Finishes: Matt Black, Matt White, High-Gloss Black, High-Gloss White, Genuine Wood (Oak, Walnut), Carbon Coating

Weight per module: M-Module (21kg), L-Module (25kg)

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