DISCLAIMER: THIS QSTAB FOUND ITS WAY TO ME IN CIRCUMSTANCES NOT
REQUIRING PAYMENT. I WAS ASKED BY JAY’S TO SUMMARIZE MY THOUGHTS
ON THE QSTAB AND THAT’S ALL I’M DOING. IF THE “FIX” WAS IN I WOULDN’T
ADMIT THIS FACT. I HAVE NOT BEEN OFFERED NOR GIVEN ANYTHING OF ANY
VALUE WHATSOEVER CONCERNING THIS SUMMARY.
In my system, in my room: A greater sense of space for all voices, instrumental and human. An obvious, i.e., immediately perceptible, enhanced holography particularly when solo instruments take the lead. They just stand out and proud. In my system/room this aspect seemed to be the most pronounced. But close behind was the enhanced tonality/timbre of voices, again, both instrument and human.
Guitar strings have a more tuneful and lilting quality. By “tuneful” I mean absent harsh
overtones which, frankly, you might not have known were present until you experience their
absence. Much like “grain” which isn ‘t recognized until it’s reduced leaving a purer tone.
Fiddle, violin, cello, take on a “chewy” aspect wholly musically consistent (the rosin on the bow sense). Tambourine zills gain in metallic tonality less like bones rattling together. Mandolin and bozouki are clarified and pronounced and just ring. Drums, whether bongos, bass, snare, or toms gain in the recognition that a skin is being struck to produce sound.
I noted a greater verisimilitude for virtually every “voice.” Along with the enhanced musicality,
the clarity is actually also enhanced as instruments sound both more real and better resolved in space. When instruments are presented with a purer tone/timbre and space is enhanced the result seems to be a less confused sound-stage relative to what it was.
Obviously, these thoughts are entirely subjective. I understand that without “data” this is just
my opinion. I get it. Further, I understand that many will doubt. I don’t blame you. I came to
this a skeptic and continuously asked myself how a laser can be impacted by a CD clamp? But every CD seemed to gain an enhanced spaciousness and more natural tone.
Better recorded CD’s seem to gain the most in the qualities noted above. The more processed material seems to gain the least. Bass seems to reach deeper with greater texture and presence.
Reverb tails, both for voices and instruments, and whether from the instrument or the studio
walls, seem to last a bit longer. Hand-claps sound more fleshed out as opposed to papery. The tactility of instruments seems greater. When I say “greater” I mean greater than the sound using the original Jay’s carbon-fiber clamp. Wood-blocks take on a woody tone, far less plasticky, that is simply unmistakable. Overall, a greater verisimilitude that is, to my ears, obvious. I think the Qstab is a legitimate tool.
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