Structural vibration from music, people, elements, et al. can affect every piece of electronic audio equipment. Vibration misrepresents the signal in audio components by way of the chassis and the feet. Massif Audio Design products are designed to direct vibrational energy away from components as well as isolate and dampen components from external vibration.
My adventure into audio began in the 70s, when I was around seven or eight years old. My parents bought me my first turntable, and with that, the Kiss, Rush and Black Sabbath records began to accumulate. Upon entering high school, I learned to (sort of) play guitar and played in several metal bands with friends. At age 15, my elder brother gifted me an awesome Kenwood and Akai system which I tweaked and played with for years—always wanting more from it. In my final year of high school wood shop, I created my own two-shelf rack. It was a very basic design and only earned me a C-grade, but looking back, it clearly influenced the Massif racks we build today.
After completing my schooling, I worked full-time in the billiards industry and became the lead installer for the largest pool table company in North America. I acquired invaluable knowledge about design, construction, vibration control and precision levelling. Today, I am fortunate to get to apply all of this knowledge to something I have always been passionate about.
Photo by Sean van Dongen, Flying Dutchman Photography
I was once installing a ridiculously overbuilt pool table. It featured enormous two-inch thick slate (most slate is 7/8" to 1" thick). Standard pool tables suffer from what I term "the bowling alley effect" whereby you can hear the ball rolling along the table from cushion to cushion. With this two-inch slate, there was no sound, no sound! The slate was too thick, too dense and too solid to allow any energy or vibration to pass. I almost never see this and have never forgotten it. The same properties can be applied to the physics of audio reproduction.
After building over 4,000 Olhausen pool tables in my early years, I realized these pool tables were the best of the best. One of the reasons was their construction. You could climb beneath an Olhausen pool table and remove every single bolt and screw and the table would remain standing. The hardware merely held everything in place. Nothing was load-bearing. I will always follow that philosophy with all Massif racks.
Combining a lifelong passion for audio with the skill and knowledge of solid wood furniture design, Massif Audio Design began producing beautiful, custom isolation platforms and component stands.
Founder and Woodworker
Go to reference song:
2112 Overture/The Temples of Syrinx, Rush
EgglestonWorks Emma SE
Digital: Atlas Hyper Integra
Interconnect: Clarity Cable Organic
Speaker: Skogrand Vivaldi
Power: Shunyata Research Venom 3, Venom HC
BIS Audio Maestro II
Massif Maximillian in solid Brazilian Rosewood
Massif Amp platform (Brazilian Rosewood)
Massif L5/S1 discs
Daedalus audio footers
BIS Audio Cryo power bar
Storck Fenomalist (Dura Ace), Guerciotti Khaybar HT (Dura Ace), BMC SSX01 (Dura Ace)
Favourite Black Sabbath song:
Children of the Grave