I just listened to it yesterday. I didn't hear the significant differences you did but I figure, what can it hurt to use it?
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Just tried this $39 mat for CD, SACD, DVD, Blu-Ray players and WOW!! It works. I tried it on my regular CD player which is a classic Sony ES model (XA20ES with modified power supply with new Japanese-made capacitors and Wolfson DAC chips) and played Miles Davis "Sorcerer" and the original "Steps Ahead" CD. It's like someone lifted a very sheer curtain. Playback is on a pair of KEF Q500 speakers with a Polk PSW10 subwoofer (85Hz hi-cut). The KEFs have about 100 hours break in so they are where they need to be for accuracy. The cymbals sound crisp but not in your face, but its Wayne Shorter's tenor that kicks ass. On the Steps Ahead disc, the vibes and Michael Brecker's tenor sound like they are in the room with you, literally.
I tried the mat on a Sony 7200 Blu-Ray player that handles my DVD-Audio and SACD discs. Bob Dylan's "Blood on the Tracks" and Herbie Hancock's "Maiden Voyage", both SACD discs, take you to another dimension entirely. Dylan's "Tangled Up in Blue" is amazingly sweet sounding with Dylan singing from across the room. Seriously. Maiden Voyage, which is the Rudy van Gelder 24-bit remix is extraordinary. Especially the ensemble playing. At the head of "Maiden Voyage". To say it sounds full is an understatement. The RVG versions tend to sound s little "tight" in the midrange. Lee Morgan's "Sidewinder" and Horace Silver's "Song for My Father" tend to sound "dry" in the upper mids, this mat removes the veil and open up the disc's sound so the subtleties have more presence.
+1 on Herbie's CD mat but OPPO owners Beware! I originally bought it for my OPPO 95 but it frequently caused TOC read errors on some discs and eventually came loose inside the loader, requiring factory service to clear. I put it in a drawer for a few years after getting it back with the machine and started using it again when I got a Sony SACD-1 top-loader. This player cost $5k new and the previous owner had a boat load of upgrades done to it, but Herbie's li'l $39 mat makes it even better.