The Marigo Apparition is a parallel conditioner, meaning that it is effective by just plugging it into the wall while plugging nothing into it. Operation was a piece of cake, plug it in and forget about it. What I liked about the Marigo Apparition Line Conditioner was its ability to work in conjunction with other AC line filters, and not against them.

It was pretty obvious that the power lines were under better control with the Marigo Apparition, but, the performance of the other conditioners wasn’t compromised by the Marigo either. Such compatibility bodes well for the Marigo Apparition Line Conditioner in terms of fitting into an overall AC filtering scheme. At the same time, after inserting the Marigo, units such as the PAC and the Quiet Lines became unnecessary accessories; they just weren’t needed anymore.

And what does it do to the music?

The music is more audible, all things amusical being lessened or simply eradicated. It burns the haze off the soundstage leaving crystal clear images in the place of things that were once clouded and murky. The Marigo Apparition wipes out distortions that in many cases were not recognized as distortions before its insertion. That’s the way a truly exceptional audio component can impact a person. You don’t know what’s possible until you experience it. The Marigo Apparition had that affect on me.

Little things that went unnoticed before, all of a sudden drew my attention and became a positive part of the listening fun. The squeaky bass drum pedal, or the little breaths taken whle keeping time on Clifford Jordan’s “Live at Ethel’s” (Mapleshade), served to heighten the audio mirage, and make it more real. The music was aided in its endeavor to communicate with the listener.

The Marigo Apparition has set a lofty standard for conditioners to reach for. It’s the best I’ve used.

reviewer: Martin G. DeWulf

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