addyson...Thank you very much... and very much appreciated. I did read through several threads and also found a utube post about Shine Ola by Record Research that i like very much but when i looked on line i can not find it. I will keep looking for that one. Thanks again!!!
I find the best cleaner for CDs is already in your kitchen namely washing up liquid. I use Fairy Liquid and a sponge and I coat the CD liberally with the detergent then use a sponge with lukewarm water and rub in small circular motions. When the CD is clean you will soon know as it squeeks hence the term squeeky clean. Afterwards rinse in clean water and dab gently with kitchen roll , job done.
Exactly--you can get them wet. I run it under water with a scant amount of dish soap between my fingers then dry with a micro fiber cloth--never a scratch or residue. Cleaners are a waste of time and worry.
Best products I’ve used are by Digital Systems and Solutions. Clean Disk-cleaner, and Ultrabit Platinum (just a small drop) for refined disc reading and enhanced sound. Noticeable improvents through my Spectral/MIT system. Dish soap has been an old standby for years and seems safe. This products give a noticible improvement over soap; I’ve checked.
I have mostly read CDs should be wiped from the center out and not with the direction they spin. I haven't read doing it with small circular motions. Does it really matter which direction you wipe them as long as you don't overdo it? Anyone else with specific recommendations? Just trying to learn something.
I have always had best results with the circle method but others may find success in other ways but make sure it is the lightest of touches and also use a natural sponge as they tend ro remain cleaner for longer and I find they are not so prone to picking up grit.
If you’re looking for something a little more than just cleaning, there a number of sprays, gels and what have you, but until Brian Kyle at Xtreme AV passed away a few years back his Liquid Resolution was probably the best sounding of them all, with a handful of others like Jena Labs, Optrix, Nanotech 8500, Auric Illuminator running not so close behind.
Here's one I tried back in the early days, Armor-All Original Protectant works great, and it gives those silver discs a slight gold look after you done it, with a soft cloth, spray on, wipe in, wait, then buff off.
georgehifi, Your post seems to be serious regarding the Armour-All, so I want to remind you and everyone else that a long time ago Ken Kessler almost lost his job for recommending it when it was later found to damage CD's after some time had passed.
Was it Sam Tellig? Whatever. Armor All was really never a top contender anyway. In fact I don’t even like how it look on vinyl upholstery. But it makes sense George would like it, assuming he was serious, which is highly doubtful. You know...
georgehifi, Your post seems to be serious regarding the Armour-All, so I want to remind you and everyone else that a long time ago Ken Kessler almost lost his job for recommending it when it was later found to damage CD’s after some time had passed.
I did mine (only one mind you) with Armor-All probably 25 years ago, after reading this I gave it a whirl yesterday and it’s still plays perfectly, and still has that lovely golden hue about it. I think that’s a bit of a furphy like cd rot.
Was it Sam Tellig? Whatever. All was really never a top contender anyway. In fact I don’t even like how it look on vinyl upholstery. But it makes sense George would like it, assuming he was serious, which is highly doubtful. You know...
It was Sam Tellig that told me about it, he and his son are both Lightspeed customers of mine. Maybe you could use it on that "wit" sure could use some polishing as it’s dull as! And it’s sure more believable than some of product you peddle on your web site. https://www.machinadynamica.com/index.html
My common sense tells me that it is not made for cds.
Neither are half the voodoo tweaks around on these forums, eg $200 for $1 fuses and being directional, just have a look at Geoff’s web site, it’ll make your head spin. At least just about everyone has a bottle of Armor-All Original Protectant in their garage, put it on a crapy disc like I did that you don’t cherish and try it, I haven’t said anything about it sounding better or worse, just that it polished up one of my disc’s and gave it a nice golden hue.
Best cleaner is soap and water. I use drop of car wax to really clean them good. I rise them in warm water and use a micro towel. Many new good CD releases, and as far as sound quality of mastered well superb. I love vinyl but nothing wrong with CD. Don't follow the trends,many great recordings,in the CD format, thousands in my collection and counting. I do own a excellent SACD player though, the K-O1. The new Marantz, is very good also. I liked the physical formats and I have no disire,to burn them or MAQ just so the can get you to rebut and get stuck with another format. 99% if listeners enjoy streaming radio, portable phones etc. Billions of downloads, Hundreds of million CD sales still and 10's of million vinyl, so something for everyone.
Absolutely! phillyb Life is too short to not enjoy the physical formats. Soap/water is a good tip, as well as, a small drop of Windex to really clean those dusty/dirty used CDs. Been using this technique for many years without fail nor damage.
Car wax usually has oils and other bonding agents, that's how they stick to the car surface and resist being washed off by rain, snow etc., as well as resisting UV... best to use a ph balanced (non acidic) cleaner, like your dish washing soap, or if prefered a nice car shampoo! (The likes of Dodo juice, Wolfgang, Sonax can be googled) and under no circumstances (as in: never ever) use car polish, they have abrasives which are very unfriendly to your 1 and 0 digits. -:)
Besides the issue of leaving residue on disc surfaces and potentially creating difficulties for the lazer pickup... Armorall= shiny surface= reflectivity. Well, it seems that the Japanese are going in the opposite direction with their SHM material and special coloring to eliminate the smallest hint of reflectivity...
In the first place polycarbonate is only 90% transparent so what’s the difference? Second the new SHD CDs and SACDs are compressed to death so who cares? Third, most of the scattered laser light is invisible anyway. So, again, who cares? 🙄
I've spent some time on this, so I'll share what I've found... for what it's worth.
Why clean a CD (SACD, DVD, etc.)? New CDs have a mold release compound on them, much like LPs. They may also be covered with 'micro-dust' from the plant where they were pressed. Both impede the laser and cause more error correction. In most cases, you only need to clean (or treat) new discs.
Warm water & mild hand-soap will do about 90% of the job, but a good treatment will do even more (for better or worse - read on...).
I've tried a number of CD treatments, Ultrabit, Liquid Resolution, Shine-Ola and maybe a few more. All provided 'cleaner' sound, but also added brightness to the sonic balance. Liquid Res. was the most neutral of those above (but no longer available). HOWEVER...
the absolute BEST of all is L'ART DU SON. It not only cleans the CDS, it also provides a very natural sonic balance and almost seems to enrich the midrange. I use it on every new disc I buy. VERY highly recommended!
I just uncovered a stash of Liquid Res. Hurray! Also, I’ve heard conflicting reports about whether mold release compound is used in manufacturing CDs. Anyone know the real story? Maybe an old episode of How Things are Made. I also invested in Essence of Music a few years ago but I’ll be darned if I hear any change. Am I going deaf?