I agree with you on the tripoint audio . You should try the new spartan . It is another level even from the troy. By the way the avalons look awsome.
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With the threads of tube vs. solid state, I wonder how many people would change their mind about the capabilities of a solid state amp when the system is coupled to the Troy. I am using the Pass Labs XA200.5, the BAT Rex, and Jade Audio cables with the Troy, and I feel that these 4 items are working synergistically to create an intoxicating sound that might rival a tubed amplifier. Plus, this is probably more quiet, relaxed, controlled, and resolving compared to some tube amps. With the Troy, it is not tube vs. solid state, but getting the best parts of tubes AND solid state.
In regards to the Spartan, that ball has been set into motion. I am expecting to have it by early summer. The Spartan is purported to convey the same effect as the Troy on a 5-10-fold level. That is just very difficult to comprehend. Nonetheless, I trust Miguel and do not think he speaks casually about such matters. He seems to take obsessiveness to a whole other level.
I heard the Spartan and two Troy units in Miguel's system back in March. They were a necessity in his system, without them his system sounded like hifi. He now uses the Mojo Audio power cords in his system. I demoed one for him when I was in town and it totally transformed his system even with the Spartan and Troy units installed. It was actually quite staggering. He wouldn't let me take the cord home with me. There's always better, eh?
I use Topaz .0005pF Isolation transformers that I modified. Much cheaper than Miguel's products of course. I'm yet to find a power conditioner that they don't beat in terms of neutrality their ability to get out of the way. At some point I'll do an AB comparison to Miguel's products... it'll be close I think.
Miguel does good work though. His Spartan units are the real deal for sure. I'm a huge fan of a good power supply and good power conditioning, it can make or break a system.