Entreq Silver Minimus
Entreq Silver Minimus
Great Read: The Audiobeat review of the Entreq Grounding System
NOTE: Entreq has severed ties with their US distributor. This has made acquiring their products more difficult. As a result, we have found an alternative that actually works equally well and often times better. Pranawire Ruby Grounding box - The Pranawire Ruby grounding box is an alternative to the Entreq. It has a lower price point than the Silver Tellus, but can only handle 2 components. In our listening tests, the standard Ruby performed as well as the Silver minimus and Silver Tellus. Pranawire also offers the Ruby Ground Plane with a Duelund silver CAST capacitor internally. This further enhances performance beyond the Silver minimus and Tellus.
Because a proper clean ground is vital to actually realizing the potential performance of your audio system.
The Silver Minimus, like its sibling the Minimus, has only 1 outlet. However it encorporates the same enhancements and mineral mix as the Silver Tellus. Thus offering a signicantly more effective grounding than the standard Minimus. Even a brief exposure to the Silver Minimus will quickly validate its benefit. It is a physically smaller unit as well, enabling one to hide it away easily, or transport it to other locations within your house.
- One Silver Minimus one each negative binding post of your loudspeakers offers an immediate improvement in detail, resolution and dynamics.
- A Silver Minimus on the chassis of your power conditioner (or if it has a grounding lug, attach it there) creates a local ground for your entire system.
The Entreq Concept
The easiest way of thinking about the Entreq boxes is to literally consider them a box of "ground". made up of a controlled quantity of conductive materials known to absorb noise. This provides a far more consistent, reliable and potent grounding for your audio system than a grounding rod in your back yard (which you should have as well).
Think about it. Sink a grounding post into the earth and the precise make up of your soil, how wet it is and what other elements or pollutants it contains will all impact its effectiveness and nature as an electrical ground. So, as you can see, it’s not quite as simple as hammering a conductive rod into the ground. What Entreq has done is develop the best possible filler for their boxes, a mix that delivers consistent musical results despite its physical isolation from a physical earth ground. This is not a substitute for the main electrical ground on your system’s AC feed. It’s an addition, rather like a bypass cap, that improves the ground quality seen by the system rather than replacing the existing arrangement. It is also an essential first step in providing the best possible operating conditions for your system. Do not disconnect your main AC ground or you could create a dangerous and quite possibly lethal situation!
"...If you’ve got a clean ground, then the Entreq boxes will deliver a worthwhile upgrade on that arrangement. If you haven’t, then they represent the audio equivalent of a lifebelt thrown to a man adrift on the high seas. You may not have realized your system was drowning, but if that is all you’ve ever known..." - The Audio Beat
Installing / Auditioning Entreq Grounding Boxes
Installing and auditioning the Entreq grounding products, like many tweaks will require patience and experimentation. Try to refrain from snap judgements as it takes a little time for changes in their cables and the box itself to settle in. For example, if you are trying the Copper vs. Silver Eartha cables, allow the cables to settle in overnight before making serious evaluations.
Note: Beware of mixing signal and chassis grounds from one component, as it most always muddies the waters. In most cases, working on the signal ground first (vs. chassis ground) is best.
Note: Where possible please ground digital & analogue cables to seperate ground points.
Where to start?
First, there’s no substitute in terms of cost effectiveness or benefit to the installation of a proper clean, dedicated ground. Used in conjunction with a dedicated AC line, this is the absolute baseline for optimized system performance.
We prefer working with signal grounds initially. The best place to start is with a Tellus. One standard Tellus with two copper Eartha cables costs only a little more than a Silver Minimus and Silver cable, and it’s a lot more effective overall. You can add a Minimus for your source component and extra cabling at a later date. However, if you have a serious system or you are serious about performance, then you should really head straight for the Silver Tellus, ideally with matching silver cables, and build from there. It might seem like an expensive option for what is essentially a ground, but its benefits are system wide, fundamental in nature and there’s no other way of achieving them.
Important Notes & Tips
- The Tellus grounding boxes not designed to replace the protective ground on your electrical mains!
- Where possible please ground digital & analogue cables to seperate ground points.
- he carefull choice of the "Ertha" cables used with the Tellus grounding boxes are critical in obtaining their full potential in your system.
Call us at 303-653-6341 for a consultation and quote on the perfect Entreq grounding solution for your audio system.