Sir you have far to much time or your hands. And shine_ola is just that.
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Novus contains petroleum products, which are harmful to polycarbonates, which CD's are made of. The petroleum also adds error rate, which is audible.
Shine-Ola contains nothing that would leave a film on the CD, so error rate isn't an issue. Along with being film free, Shine-Ola also doesn't contain any polymer products; so the plasticy feeling that you felt was perhaps the residue from another cleaner that either contained a polymer, or petroleum. Or, it could be the feeling of the mold release compound being held within the fluid, prior to it being wiped off.
The fact that Shine-Ola fixed the skip in an otherwise unplayable CD supports that it does what it was designed to; clean CD's, DVD's and SACD's without leaving any residue, nor film which adds to the error rate of the CD. This said, I will add that it has been used by several audiophile labels on their CD and SACD masters. Fidelis Records is one of these labels, which you will be hearing much about in the future, if you already haven't heard of them and their exceptional recordings. Elusive Disc is their distributor, they have info at their web-site if interested.
I hope that this clears up some of the mentioned issues.
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No Silicone products are used either. It is film free. We've found that products that create a film, (such as petroleum based (oil) products, silicone based, and polymer based), actually increase the error rate of the media. Within the digital domain, we audiophiles should strive for zero error rate.
This product is designed to remove the films used within the production, without leaving a film, yet is completely safe for polycarbonates. Should you have any other questions, feel free to contact me direct.
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Hi Brianw. I don't know who told you Novus #1 has petroluem products. I called Novus before using and they told me it contains silicon and vegetable cleaners. I spoke with Novus again after seeing your post and was told silicon and isopropyl alcohol. But definitely NO petroleum products.
I put some Shine-Ola directly on my fingers and rubbed it until dry and I still get a rubbery / sticky residue so it must leave something behind. Which is not necessariyl a bad thing.
I agree about leaving a film behind on CD's which does seem to reduce resolution. A really effective cleaner is made by International Products Corp called Micro. It is quite powerful yet safe for plastics. IPC has tested Micro at 100% cencentration on a stressed polycarbonate sample (bent around a post). After 24 hours there was slight crazing.
But 60 second exposure at the recommended 2%concentration is totally safe. Micro has no petroleum or silicon in it.
But from my listening, Micro does not improve sound or detail resolution. The Novus does.
Any suggestions on suitable music to demo these types of improvements?
I see. There is a big difference between vegetable cleaners and solvents such as IPA. It was a Chemist that owns a PCB oil testing lab that had mentioned that Novus contained petroleum products. I guess I could ask him for further information if required, but I don't think that it is. Another issue, the manufacturer would be crazy to describe their formula entirely to anyone over the phone, which may answer why you recieved 2 different stories?
As far as music, for sonic comparisons, I use second generation master copies that my brother Paul, co-owner of Fidelis Records provides to me. The original copy goes to Sony to be produced into SACD/CD hybrids. I also have promo SACD copies of 3 of his releases. This offers me a fair analogy of what is really happening, since I've sat in on most of his recordings. I tend to like violin, piano, sax, and trumpet recordings for listening, not in any particular order. Jazz is my favorite, actually. There are many great jazz recordings out there!
I hope this helps.
Rx8man, the Shine-Ola looks to be fairly permanent but the Novus may not be because of the Silicon oil and other stuff in it. This could evaporate or rub off over time.
Also I am concerned about long term effect of Novus on CD's. Could be after a while the oils could attract dirt am reduce sound quality.
I would not wast any money on the Bedini although this may not be a popular opinion. Just go with an anti-static treatment like Endust etc. www.mapleshaderecords.com has an iconoclast something or other you may look into.
My girlfriend thought the Novus was clearer but the Shine-Ola was louder. Don't know why "louder" is better than "clearer".