I just got one a couple of days ago and WOW, very nice improvement. It really helps the music just be in the room and get the speakers out of the way, if that makes any sense
get one, great $100 upgrade
get one, great $100 upgrade
I received my Millennium CD mat yesterday and I wrote, immediately, to Brian to tell him how pleased I was with this product. To my ears, there is more 'music' to hear and what is heard is cleaner with more of a sonic 'floor' if I can say that. The effect I'm hearing is clearer with no noise at all, and just more music if that makes any sense at all. This is a great product.
I've used the Millennium CD Mat with my Marantz CD-5003 and I did notice some slight difference is some details in the mids and highs.
Now a word of caution using the Millennium CD Mat with the Oppo BDP-83. I tried to use the Millennium CD Mat with a couple of Blu-Ray movies in the Oppo BDP-83 and I was having problems. The CD Mat would get lose or and move off the tray I think. The movies I was watching I would see issues with the picture freezing and then I'd hear weird noises from the tray of the BDP-83. When I would stop the movie and eject out the disc the CD Mat was mis-aligned.
I hope this doesn't happen to anyone else.
Sorry for not getting back to this thread earlier. I have some updates regarding the Millenium Carbon Fiber CD-Mat, my Oppo BDP-83, and the CD-Mat getting dislodged.
When I used the Oppo BDP-83 to play CDs and SACDs with the Millenium CD-Mat the CD-Mat NEVER got dislodged or mis-alligned. It only got mis-alligned when I was watching Blu-Ray movies. The last movie that the dislodging occured in was Rambo (2008 movie). I was using the ending action sequences to test out if I calibrated my HT speakers correctly. Nothing like bullets and loud explosions to test your HT rig. ;) This was when the dislodging occured as mentioned above.
For a while I did not use the CD Mat with the BDP-83. I then recieved an e-mail from a fellow A-goner Klassikalfan. He detailed a very simple yet in-expensive fix to my dilemma. Below is what he told me.
"I have a new Oppo BDP-83 Special Edition player - and use both the "original" Millennium Mat and a slightly better one made and given to me by a friend. Same carbon fiber, but .5mm thick instead of the MM's .3mm. Both are equally "revealing" in sonic quality - BUT - your concern about a sliding mat does have a simple answer, used by several of my mat-using friends.
Just get some Scotch Poster Tape - it is "removable" tape that's double-sided. Cut out three squares about 1/4-inch or so and press them into the "rough" side of the mat - the side touching the playing CD. Rub the tape in, then gently remove the paper on top. Now, whenever you put the mat on a disc it will "stick," but just enough to prevent sliding. Gently pull the mat off after playing. If the tape sticks to the CD you haven't rubbed it in enough on the Mat. After a month, the tape on my mats is still sticky enough to work just fine. A cheap and simple solution that really works.
When you get your Poster tape -be sure it is the REMOVABLE kind - there are two kinds, and one of them is permanent. The one I use says "removable" right on the side of the Scotch dispenser. Use three very small "dots" - each about a quarter inch across - and rub them into the rough side of the mat thoroughly, then peel off the paper."
It tested my patience following what Klassikalfan's tip but it was worth it. I've watched many movies since and haven't had an issue.
Now as for SQ improvements that were provided by the CD-Mat it was a toss-up to me. Some discs there was an audible improvement I heard in clarity others not so much. Either way I'm keeping it and may get another mat for my secondary system.
Anyway I owe a very big THANK YOU to Larry aka Klassikalfan for taking the time out to contact me and answer my questions. People like him keep me coming back here.
Nice mat but was soundly beaten with a mat made by George Lewis who also makes Ultra Platimum Plus. His mats can be used to fine tune any system, so you have more than one way of using his mats.
I hear more solid, open, and natural detail, much like using a good turntable mat or platter, all sound different so with Georges mat it kind of like switching phono cartriges, what is you flavor?