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Six Moons Review
The most unusual component in my system is the custom-designed enclosure above. Built in three sections, with the outer wings angled to break up standing waves while comprised of many narrow shelves to hold CDs and lower-level drawers to hold tapes, the unit is made of solid Cherry, Walnut and Mahogany. The central section has a number of shelves to support the components, with a trick shelf about 4 foot from the floor. Said shelf is in fact a Target wall mounted stand which doesn't touch the unit itself although it looks part of the unit. This shelf holds the Linn Sondek and allows us to dance in the room without affecting the turntable's tracking despite our sprung floorboards. Gary DiTomasso of Design Progression designed and built this beautiful unit.

- Phil Gold

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Globe & Mail Review 1995
Design Icons by Gerald Levitch

High-design hi-fi stand

Most equipment cabinets marketed by hi-fi stores are boring, usually with hideous glass doors

You can spend more than $100,000 on a “high-end” hi-fi system these days – indeed, there are actually a couple of hi-fi loudspeaker systems that, alone, sell for nearly $100,000. But that’s just the speakers. To fire them up, you’d still need a power amplifier (and maybe more than one) for $10,000 or even twice that amount. Then you’d need a pre-amplifier, which gives you the necessary selector switches and controls; that could cost you another $10K.

Add an equally pricey FM-radio tuner, a cassette deck, and an up-market turntable for the old LP records. And if cost is no object, you can buy a compact disc player that’s split into it’s own component parts – a transport system for mechanically spinning the discs and a separate digital decoder to perform the electronic duties – at $5000 or more a piece!

By now, if you’ve been paying attention, you should have spotted the classic problem with component stereo systems: Where do you put all of these bits and pieces of mix-and-match equipment? What’s missing is a suitably glamourous, well-designed piece of furniture to raise them all off the floor and preferably stack them, so that they occupy the smallest possible footprint of floor space.

Such a design needs to be well- ventilated, so that the heat built up by dozens of transistors, and even old-fashioned vacuum tubes, can be dissipated. Likewise, it should have a convenient opening at the rear, allowing the wires and cables to be dressed and funneled out neatly, while at the same time assuring easy access to all the rear mounted plugs.

Most equipment cabinets marketed by hi-fi stores tend to be unbelievably boring. They’re usually made of some sort of composition board painted black with hideous little glass doors, typically with magnetic catches, which often don’t quite catch because the doors themselves aren’t quite aligned.

A few High-end suppliers offer dinky little metal frames that support puny wooden shelves: A seven-year-old kid could probably make something more substantial, and more esthetically appealing, with Lego set. Ordinary bookshelves aren’t deep enough, and the kind of shelving marketed by Ikea look nice but usually lack the proper ventilation or rear access.

Happily, Toronto based and a Willowdale company, Design Progression, have filled this niche by creating probably the first truly high-style hi-fi equipment stand.

A 74” (190cm) tall, triangular-shaped column with a squared top is supported at its base with a wedge-shaped foot. The column itself is made of a perforated steel screen bisecting four, stain-black-finished shelves. The equipment rests unenclosed, and properly ventilated, on the shelves.
Large holes in the centre metal screen allow cables to exit while hiding them from view.

For very serious hi-fi buffs, the matching source table can be filled with sand to deaden it acoustically. The component stand in charcoal-grey birds-eye maple with the sand-blasted acrylic centre column retails for $1295. Other wood veneers include natural birds-eye maple, and oak; painted finishes include concrete fleck and dark blue/green fleck for $895.

This may sound steep to someone who’s just spent $1500 on a store-special low-end hi-fi. But for the kind of enthusiasts who likely to spend twice that much just on their speaker cables, the price of the Design Progression component stand is a drop in the proverbial bucket.



Design Progression Audiophile component stand
Vol 5 #4

A component stand has long been looked at as a necessary evil to accommodate your audio gear. More often than not, these stands are downright ugly; and when they are not, these stands do nothing to optimize the performance of these expensive electronics for which they are made. There are exceptions of course. Back in the late seventies, we discovered that a rigidly constructed shelf will benefit the performance of a turntable. In those days, marble bases and concrete slabs under the turntable were in. As research progressed, we found out that rigidity also helps other equipment which have moving parts - tape decks and CD players, for example. More thinking went into the designs and ultimately, audio folks discovered that almost all electronic devices emit and transmit some sort of resonance. In order to control vibrations, designers set out to limit the extent of resonances to prevent them from feeding into components which should be kept inert. Specialty manufactures such as Mod Squad cam up with TipToes, and Discdampers, Sims came up with Navcom pucks and shelf manufacturers came with lead or sand filled stands and spiked shelves made of resonance reduced materials. The Design Progression stand under review here is such a product. Designed by a graphic artist who has been an audiophile for many years, this stand offers an aesthetically pleasing, yet functionally accomplished module that integrates well into a modern listening room. The stand can accommodate a turntable, CD player, tuner, an amplifier and preamplifier. That’s five shelves in all. The top shelf is spiked from the bottom and is quite obviously intended to accommodate the turntable. Optional isolation pods are upgrade option for further isolation of the top shelf.

The shelves below rest on three little round pins, which offer minimum connecting area with the main structure. All shelves are arranged in the stands triangular steel framework. Spikes anchor the stand to the floor. The three supporting posts are hollow and it’s important to fill them with sand or lead shot or both. When the stand is filled, it takes two strong men to move it. Therefore it’s a good idea to place it where you want it before you make the final adjustments.

This massive component stand offers many sonic benefits. Expect to hear better, more defined resolution across the entire audible frequency range. Better, more realistic bass performance of your audio system is another advantage. A greatly improved space and time ratio helps to distinguish the sound stage and offers a noticeable improvement extending in all dimensions. Finally, those of you with expensive turntables will hear a marked improvement of focal information within the field of image.

Synopsis & Commentary:
There are many stands on the market. Specialty manufacturers have stands for everything. Speaker stands, turntable stands, and equipment stands are made by good companies such as Target, Atlantis and many more. It is Rare however to find a stand which allows you to accommodate all equipment. The Design Progression accommodates quite a bit more than most stands. It isn’t cheap but then it usually doesn’t hold cheap equipment either. It’s made for the music lovers and the audiophiles who own expensive equipment. In this light, the stand isn’t expensive since it must be considered a part of the sound system, perhaps the least expensive component!

This stand is now offered with several resonance dampening shelf options.




Av Room Testimonials

Gary played an instrumental role in creating for me a listening room unique in its superlative sonic and visual attributes.  His attention to detail, extensive audio knowledge and golden ears all synergistically combined with his incredible artistic and creative talents. 

Simply put, I can’t think of a major audio project that I would undertake without Gary’s involvement.  I highly recommend him to those whose passion in audio and video require solutions uncompromised in their elegance and effectiveness
- Ian Roher


Gary Di Tomasso of Design Progression brings the audiophile ear and decades of experience to room design
- Arnold Schwiseberg


A few years back I had a dream of creating a dedicated room for both listening to music and watching movies. I really wanted video and audio performance to be the best it could possibly be within my budget and I wasn’t quite sure how to approach the problem. I knew however that the acoustic design of the room, as well as set up would be critically important in achieving my objective.
Being a “do it yourself” kind of guy, I wanted information, direction and a plan from someone in the know as opposed to hiring some pricey custom installer to do it all. I was fortunate enough to run into Gary from Design Progression at an audio show. He clearly new what he was talking about and made a commitment to coach me through the process.
Design Progression has been instrumental to achieving my goal. I now have a room set up that totally rocks, I couldn’t be happier! I could not have achieved this level of performance without his guidance for the room itself, set-up and equipment choice.
- Scott Rogers


Design Progression executed a perfect compromise between high quality audio playback and home theatre constraints

- Alan Plaunt
Technical Director / Evertz


I think (with your assistance)  I made a very wise decision in replacing the Chord with the BDA-1.  The sound is exceptional with the Oracle D-2000 Transport using an MIT Pro balanced cable; large soundstage, excellent tone throughout the frequency range including very good bass and sweet highs without any edge.  Very clean sounding and yet able to convey the power and emotion of the music. Without a doubt a significant improvement to my system.
Thanks for steering me in this direction.
 - Bert Vandenberg



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