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Finite Elemente employs its own characteristic method of thermal conversion which is broadly similar to that of Acoustic Revive and VertexAQ. All the assembly parts connect rigidly and their overall mass is small. In the reviewed Pagode Edition HD-09 platform the mechanical coupling of individual components is via finely crafted spikes and their receiving steel cups; and ceramic ball isolators. The wooden platform has a rather complex design. Its frame is made of solid Canadian Maple. The sides are fitted with mounts of hardened high-carbon steel. The supporting shelf laid into the inner frame brackets isn't very thick and of the same Maple. The support spikes making contact with the frame are more hardened high-carbon steel. The spikes pass through short tubes of a porous rubber-like material. These can be removed and treated as a cover protection during transport or be left in place to minimize micro displacement of the mounted spikes. One of the platform sides features an aluminium dress plate with the brand logo and model identifier.

I haven’t yet mentioned another component that makes this more than just another anti-vibration platform. Finite Elemente together with the Dortmund University developed proprietary resonators which are short steel cylinders with internally floating steel wings whose length determines their resonant frequency. There are six such resonator types set to 220, 486, 512, 550, 670 and 882Hz. They vibrate in resonance with the shelf and also convert vibration to heat by sympathetic action.

The Finite Elemente website features measurement charts to document the effect of their resonators on the shelf structure. The entire affair rests on four spikes and looks awesome. It’s of the top-most level of finish quality known to me. Overall dimensions are 640 x 590mm with a height of 110mm including feet. The platform can also be upgraded to the CeraBall interface feet. I opted for the CeraBase Classic where three ceramic balls separate the top and bottom assemblies. A set of four costs 2.840 Polish.

I also added to the review system the resonator 1000Hz, a flat disc with a 120mm Ø and height of 28mm. Its aluminum enclosure houses the vibrating component. Its metal strips couple to a 35mm steel cylinder which protrudes by 1mm at the bottom to make direct contact with the top surface of whatever audio component it's placed on. The unit weighs 380g and is available in silver or black. It operates on the minimum energy principle or second law of thermodynamics. It states that when two flexible surfaces of different weights connect, the lower-mass element absorbs the kinetic energy from the one with greater weight and turns it to heat, provided both have the same resonant frequency. As the name suggests, the Resonator 1000Hz is tuned to 1kHz and helps to bleed off activity at that frequency like an inaudible tuning fork. It goes for 1.400 Polish. I used two during this test.

Records used during my auditions: A Day at Jazz Spot 'Basie'. Selected by Shoji 'Swifty' Sugawara, Stereo Sound Reference Record SSRR6-7, 2 x SACD/CD (2011); Dominic Miller, Fourth Wall, Q-rious Music QRM 108-2, CD (2006); Daft Punk, Random Access Memories, Columbia Records/Sony Music Japan SICP-3817, CD (2013); Danielsson, Dell, Landgren, Salzau Music On The Water, ACT Music ACT 9445-2, CD (2006); Frank Sinatra, Sinatra Sings Gershwin, Columbia/Legacy/Sony Music Entertainment 507878 2, CD (2003); The Modern Jazz Quartet, Pyramid, Atlantic Records/Warner Music Japan WPCR-25125, “Atlantic 60th”, CD (1960/2006); Johann Sebastian Bach, St. John Passion, BWV 245, Smithsonian Chamber Players and Chorus, Kenneth Slowik, Smithsonian Collection Of Recordings ND 0381, 2 x CD (1990).