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marigo audio

TR Mystery Feet

as reviewed by Robert H. Levi

 

 

 

 

ROBERT H. LEVI'S SYSTEM

LOUDSPEAKERS
Avalon Eidolon and REL Stadium III subwoofer.

ELECTRONICS
E.A.R. 324 phono preamplifier, E.A.R. 890 amplifiers (ran as monos), NuForce Reference 9 SE V2 amplifiers, E.A.R. 912 preamplifier, and an E.A.R. 834L Tube Line Stage.

SOURCES
VPI Scout/JMW 9 tonearm, VPI SDS Controller, VPI Heavy Weight Super Platter, ZYX R-1000 Airy 3-XSB phono cartridge, E.A.R. Acute CD player, ModWright Sony 9100 Player with tube power supply. ModWright Sony 9100ES with Signature Truth Modifications, Mod/Bybee Filters and Revelation Cryo Silver Umbilical. Alesis Masterlink 24/96 Recorder/Playback Deck, and the Benchmark DAC 1 revised. Grado Statement Phono Cartridge. Pioneer DVL 919 LD/DVD Player, and a Marantz DV8400 DVD/SACD/CD player. Magnum Dynalab MD-108 Reference Tuner, Marantz 10B FM Tuner, Day Sequerra Reference FM1 Tuner, and Scott 350B FM Stereo Tuner, AQ 7500 FM Antenna, Stax 7t Electrostatic headphones, Grado Reference 1 headphones, and a Grado headphone amplifier.

CABLES
Kubala-Sosna Emotion, Harmonic Technology CyberLight, Harmonic Technology Magic 2, Dual-Connect interconnects, Dynamic Design THB Nebula, Soundstring, Kimber Select balanced, Kimber TAK phono AG, Kimber Hero balanced and single ended interconnects, and Acoustic Zen Silver Reference II balanced interconnects. Kimber D-60 Digital Interconnects. Kimber Select 3038 Silver, Kubala-Sosna Emotion, and Harmonic Technology Magic Reference Silver speaker cables. Kimber Palladian, Tara RSC and Decade, Tice, Soundstring, and Kubala-Sosna Emotion AC power cords.

ACCESSORIES
Monster Reference 350 Mark II v2 Power Conditioner, World Power Power Wing, Tice Clock, and Audio Prism Quiet Line IIs. Cable Cooker 2.5, Winds Stylus Pressure Gage, Bedini Ultra Clarifier, VPI Record Cleaning Machine 16.5. Audio Magic's Quantum Physics Noise Disrupters.

 

You’ll like this folks! I’m going to start this review with the punch line. In the vast world of individual equipment feet to isolate individual components, the Marigo TR Mystery Feet are plainly and clearly THE STATE OF THE ART and the best I’ve tried in 40 years of audio experimenting. Three Mystery Feet, put in a triangle configuration under any digital player, particularly tube players, will free the sound of music like no other feet ever. I had hoped that someday a manufacturer would develop easy to set up feet, needing no adjustment whatsoever, that when placed under gear on any shelf would isolate it from vibration for audio perfectionists. Here they are my friends! Enjoy!

They are the most expensive feet, too, costing $659 for a set of three. They actually look expensive too. However, they work every bit as well in my system(s) as the more expensive Townshend Seismic Sinks—both the older and newer versions; which are the best platform isolation devices ever. The Marigo Mystery Feet are set and forget.  The point at the bottom of the Marigo foot is a bit rough so I used small pucks under them so that they would not scratch the wood shelf. 

I placed the feet under the Modwright Sony 9100 and 999 and also under the E.A.R. Acute Digital Players …all with tubes in their outputs. WOW! The sound was mellifluous and open with ultra low smear and ultra high precision…particularly in the bass. The bass is tighter and more musical by a big margin over anything like this product. It was even a tad tighter than the bass of the Townshend. Had the same wonderful results with the Marigo feet under the E.A.R. 912 and 834L preamps …again all tube.

I love these things as they are so very easy to work with and require no fiddling or adjusting or anything. They corrected and isolated with any kind of shelving you might use under them …I tried wood, glass, Formica; the Marigos were unfazed. I found they even improved the mids and highs where I thought no improvement would occur. Yes they cost a lot more than Vibrapods and all the other tweaks like these right now, but these actually work at a level a perfectionist would require. I say it’s about time! Someone came up with feet that do the job and require no watchmaker’s skills to adjust.

Marigo made these for digital players, and claim they work under everything including speakers. I didn’t go that far. They do work exceptionally well, as good as the best equipment isolation platforms, and one size fits all! Nice. I think this is the best tweak Marigo has ever produced …though there are big fans of their dots and CD tweaks around. What I most like about the Mystery Feet is the improvement is dramatic and affects all audio ranges, depth, soundstaging, overall definition, and musicality and produces instantaneous improvement. No debate, no what-ifs …Marigo has a winner here!

I am enamored with the Marigo TR Mystery Feet and think they are a must own unless you have the ultimate, super expensive platforms and racks in house already. If you don’t, three of these fabulous feet under each piece of your critical gear will take you quickly to audio heaven and maximize performance across the board. The Marigo TR Mystery Feet are the best of class and foolproof, too. State of the Art …it may be another 40 years before someone bests these. Forget the recession and buy a set. Robert H. Levi

Retail: $659 (Set of Three )

Marigo Audio
web address: http://www.marigoaudio.com

 

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