Posted Fri Jan 9, 2009, 10:18 AM ET — By Jason Victor Serinus

The Silence of Grounding


    Miguel Alvarez of Point St. Lucie, Florida, is a defector for the cause. A self-confessed former marketing rep for Bose who always had a passion for audiophile products, he eventually left the company to develop the Tripoint Troy power product ($12,000). Based on a new concept, the device uses passive filtration in the form of magnetism and layers of different materials (brass, copper, and proprietary products) to eliminate and reduce EMI and RFI. Rather than a line conditioner per se—one is in the works—the Troy is a grounding device to which you attach ground wires from the various components in your system. (If a component lacks a ground wire, Miguel can explain how to determine the right place to affix one).

One of the places where Miguel first tried out his unit was at Skyline Studios in NYC. When the resident sound engineer used the Troy to play back rare Sam Cooke master tapes, he declared that he could finally hear things on the tapes that he had never heard over the past 30 years.

The Tripoint Troy employs harmonic tuning to create an extremely neutral, warm sound without any hint of sterility. This unit's cabinet is composed of African bubinga, a high density African wood that is not as wooly sounding as maple. Heard in an expensive system that included a Stibbert Tube CD Player by Goldenote of Italy, MIT speaker wire, and Chario Serendipity loudspeakers, the Troy helped bring out a lovely, inner warmth on a piano recording. That the system sounded as good as it did given that none of the electronics were broken in suggests that the Tripoint Troy is doing something very right.



Reader Comments


Posted Fri Jan 9, 2009, 9:36 PM — By Nancy Rangel

It seems like a great product, I am interested in more information regarding it, and to get in touch with the owner of the product, if possible. Thanks.


Posted Sat Jan10, 2009, 12:02 PM — By Fernando V Cruz

I am lucky enough to have met Miguel Alvarez as I am in the high-end audio business myself and also live in South FLA. When he brought over the "Troy" and grounded my mono blocks and mono preamps I was immediately hooked !! , Magic !!!. The musicality, detail, and clean pure instrumentation I was hearing I had never accomplished before, no matter what money I spent or tweak I discovered. Needless to say , I immediately bough the "Troy" for my demo room and began to carry the line. It is the first and most important upgrade any serious audiophile should make.


Posted Sat Jan10, 2009, 12:18 PM — By Jason Victor Serinus

Hi Nancy, This is my second attempt to respond to your message. Tripoint's website will supply more information, including an email contact. http://www.tripointaudio.us.


Posted Sat Jan10, 2009, 9:19 PM — By Augie Sanz

I am a resident of South Florida and was fortunate enough to have the Troy brought to my home and connected to my system. I have a solid set up with a dedicated line, and an acoustically treated room. After connecting the Troy I could not believe my ears, the detail was phenomenal. Every instrument came to life. I felt the closet I have ever been to a live venue in the comfort of my own home. Truly incredible.







I. Koetsu USA Room- Montegiro, Koetsu, Chairo, Air Tight, Accuphase, SME, DaVinci, Aesthetix, Tripoint Audio

Posted Sat Oct 11, 2008, 10:01 AM ET

How I wish I could have seen Stephen Mejias' reaction to the Montegiro Lusso Komplet turntable ($33,000), distributed in the US by Koetsu USA. This thing looks like a cross between a tray of black and white ice cream parfaits and something from a Fellini movie. But it sure sounded good. Equipped with two arms, from SME and DaVinci, and two Koetsu cartridges, the Coral Stone Platinum ($15,000) and Onyx Platinum ($8000), the KMLK (for short) was making magic through Chario Sovereign loudspeakers ($17,000/pair).

This system gave the most realistic portrayal of Satchmo's trumpet I have ever heard. On another recording (unidentified), the sound of the sax was equally breathtaking. I'm sure the Aesthetix Rea, Aesthetix Atlas, Airtight ATC-2, and Tripoint Apollo Power Conditioner bear equal responsibility for the wow factor.

Jason Victor Serinus from STEREOPHILE




II. High Water Sound Room- TW Acustic, Odeon, Tripoint Audio.

Beautiful Music without no electronic signature. Music! Bravo!




III. Matrx Systems LLC Room-  Tidal, Lamm, DCS, Argento, Critical Mass, Tripoint Audio.

Natural, articulate musical portrayal.