“The difference I heard with the Micropoint footers under my Audio note CDT-3 digital transport sitting on my SAMSON was the opposite of what I expected and
considerably more dramatic than what I heard with the transport sitting on maple boards or on the SAMSON without them...What I heard was additional clarity… but
with additional ease. And more body, firmness, contrast, dynamic energy…and beauty...Everything sounds better, absolutely better. I did not know there was a problem. But there obviously was...I’m enjoying a truly significant and cost-effective upgrade, which I urge upon you.” - Bob Neill, Positive Feedback
MICROPOINT HEAVYFEET AND TRIPLEPOINTS
Our very best sounding footers all incorporate a three-point top, our unique cure for the major weakness of conventional cone-point design—the flat top. Mapleshade’s three-point contact eliminates the micro-rattles between a flat top footer and the imperfectly flat bottom of the supported equipment. Adding the three points on top yields surprisingly more detail everywhere—from the deep thunder of the tympani to the silvery treble of triangles.
Triplepoints are our best sounding footers for anything with a wood bottom or a metal bottom with protruding screw heads or other irregularities. We offer a variety of Triplepoint options: Low Triplepoints where vertical clearance is limited, Thick and Thin Carpet versions for
mounting floorstanding speakers, Radiused Triplepoints to avoid scratching expensive furniture and floors, Hemispherical-Top Triplepoints to eliminate scratches on the underside of demo and collectable gear. Each offers slightly diminished performance, so use the standard
Micropoints and Triplepoints whenever possible.
The Micropoint Heavyfoot is our very best sounding 2" diameter footer—but only for gear with flat metal or plastic
bottoms. We discovered that the smaller the point’s inherent resonances, the sweeter the treble. So, to take advantage of the many components with hard flat bottom surfaces, I lowered the Micropoint’s point height to 1/15th that of the original Triplepoint (which was designed with points ¼" high to support both wood and hard surfaces). That radical lowering reduces the resonance amplitudes by 225 times! Listening confirms the very audible improvements. Blacker backgrounds improve ambience and sustain. Transients, especially bass transients, are cleaner and more powerful. Treble and midrange are
sweeter, less smeared, yielding more beautiful harmonic detail.
I use Micropoints or Triplepoints under everything in my recording studio, not to mention beneath every playback component in the Mapleshade-inSound R&D lab. Head-to-head, they have beaten every well-known, top-of-the-line cone or roller including Symposium, Aurios,
Black Diamond, German Physics, Van Slyke, Daruma, Solid Tech, Walker.
We normally offer unattached footers in sets of three. Using four unattached footers requires shimming the height of one to compensate for the inevitable slight unevenness of the surface below. Using three requires no compensation and there’s no sonic advantage to using four.