Applying the same thinking beyond the BaseTwo, the PowerBase applies a 3mm aluminium plate even beneath the wooden core and the soft polymer glue to attach it becomes yet another damping layer. The PowerBase L and XL arrive with four Pro footers and an additional thread receiver in the back to convert to 'tripod' mode (which is the standard geometry for the S and M sizes) which according to Schäffer tends to work best in most cases.


The Pro footers too preach the MLA religion of layering. Theirs, top to bottom, are a massive aluminium body layer, 1mm cork/kautschuk, Sorbothane, kautschuk, aluminium as divider and horizontal stabilizer, finally another 2mm cork/kautschuk disc to finish off. Swapping footers should be done with care since the threads are PVC to eliminate micro wobble of the kind which plagues metal-on-/metal bolt/receiver interfaces. With these, go gracefully out and especially in and don't over tighten either. It reads fussier than it is. Anyone with average motor skills will be fine. And wouldn't you know it, the two aluminium layers of the PowerBase serve yet another function. Even the solitary top layer of the BaseTwo is already claimed to reduce EMI from WLAN, smartphones and other hifi gear. The PowerBase then not only applies "more of a good thing equals better yet" thinking with its bottom aluminium layer, the latter connects to a grounding module. This earthing of the aluminium at the bottom of the base captures and grounds electro smog; or so claims its maker. End of foreplay before sparks really do fly.


Time to listen.
Now I was at joy with a new opportunity to indulge my inner lego fiend or hifi experimenter. Schäffer's promise that the effect of his bases would be concomitant with one's status quo (the worse your starting place, the more profound the results) lit a fire under my expectations. Ideal from both a reviewer and buyer perspective is that such platforms require zero break-in or warm-up. It's purely set'n'forget – or hopefully not forget but take notice. Messing with my rudimentary math skills was simply the presence of four hifi components but just three bases, one of which was really only there to serve as comparator (the BaseTwo). Hmm…


bFly PowerBase under preamp/DAC. To get my bearings and a yardstick, I parked my Italian Norma Audio Revo SC-2 DAC/pre atop a BaseTwo. Step two would perch the Norma PA160MR monos on two PowerBases. Step three would swap the DAC/pre's BaseTwo for a PowerBase whilst the BaseTwo would slide under the VPI Scout 2 turntable, a combo Ralph already raved about. Now the monos would have to make do with my Audioplan Antispike footers again.


Step by step. Oy. As the first sounds of the title track of David Bowie's final Blackstar album arose, I felt reminded of my first encounter with Finite Elemente's Pagoda rack, albeit at 1/10th the wallet cramp. The words knocking at my mental door with the BaseTwo were scale, calm, cleanliness and definition. My Lansche speakers sounded as though I'd spaced them a bit wider, the electronic bass separated better from the pack. Do you ever think that sounds materialize from your hifi in nearly visual fashion? Never? Don't worry, I don't take drugs. Still, my system does this routinely. The bFly platform now heightened this effect. Like a warm densely woven carpet, the bass rolled out way down at the base between the speaker. My subjective distance to the lively interplay between variously placed sonic events of voice, synth beeps, guitars and drums increased. All sonic edges were less feathery and more sharply focused and drawn, an offset that wasn't marginal at all.


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