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I tried this yesterday after reading the article. I used a Tamil film music cd"Kanthasamy" (i have been hearing this cd a lot recently-so any changes if at all would be noticed).
I first played the song on both my Sony NS78H and CADVD99.
Then i followed the steps and tried.
Frankly i didnt notice any difference in CADVD99. Usually it sounds warm when i play on this player.
But there was difference when i tried from the sony player. Earlier the low frequencies used to be quite boomy(on this cd). But after the tweak the boominess seemed to be reduced and the tracks sounded more crisp.
I listened to it a few more times in the night and later this morning just to make sure it is not a psychological feeling i listened to it again in higher volumes. And it sounded a little better but not a huge difference.
Anyone else tried this? Please do and share your thoughts.
it has the faint aroma of snake oil, does it not?
I would indeed get that smell that if someone tried to sell me something which claimed to work wonders. But in this case - my take would be DIY and then decide if it smells.
Case in point:
The first time Sushanth tried this - I'm sure it smelt of roses
The second time Sushanth tried this - I'm sure it smelt of fish :lol:
Well, what does one lose? Just as long as the affected CD does not sound [smell?] worse.
I came across an article quite some time ago where some small company in the US had 'invented' a mat that you place on top of the CD and then play the disc. I was hard pressed to come across that article later.
I see that it is available form a number of people now in prices varying from 1 US to 200 US ! This will save all the hassle of writing on the CD and all that.
SID MODEL 14 SOUND IMPROVEMENT DISC (Front load players) - elusivedisc
CD & DVD Mats
The Black Hole CD Mat
It might be worthwhile to get a thin and high quality black rubber sheet, cut it exactly to a CD size and try it out. Will cost less that 10 Rupees.
Here is a good one:
SoundStage! Max dB - The Amplifier: Whats Inside? What Makes a Difference? Whats Overlooked? Part One (09/1998)
"...have someone pinch the power cord near where it plugs into the amplifier while you are seated and listening to music. While you are listening to full-range music, have your assistant slide his fingers away from the amp (down the cord) while maintaining pressure on the cord. As the persons fingers slide down the cord, you will hear the sound change; it usually is not subtle either. What you will hear is less emphasis on the midrange and a sliding emphasis going deeper and deeper into the bass region as the squeezing fingers get farther and farther away from the amp." hyeah: