Just buy the Herbie's Grungebuster for $20. You can do a search here for a review I wrote. Others chimed in with significant praise for it as well. You do not have to strain to hear the difference. An excellent tweak.
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Properly made mats dampen the CD, keep stray from getting into the disc layers and help the laser read the disc.
If you can't hear the difference, it's because your system:
- isn't able to properly resolve detail in the first place
- there is somehting else downstream screwing things up, like RF interference or vibration
- you may not know what to listen-for. A good mat will lower the noise floor and small details that were masked previously will appear. High frequencies will be more clear and extended, and sibilance is reduced.