Super Black Hole!
With super-thin carbon fiber top and soft silicone on the bottom, the Super Black Hole improves the best features of the best CD mats and takes disc playback to a new plateau of high performance. By reducing micro-vibration in the CD spin during playback, laser-reading error is potentially reduced. (Error correction in audio CD discs is not perfect; it is algorithm-based "guessing," not binary like in data CDs). By damping the disc/clamp interface, micro-vibrations generated by spinning discs are hindered, keeping them from permeating throughout the player where capacitors, op-amps, micro-processors, and other sensitive parts can be adversely affected. In-house testing with original (discontinued) Black Hole CD Mat indicates much of the audible improvement is due to improved ambient soundwave phase relations.
Unlike conventional carbon-fiber CD mats that slide around on discs, The Super Black Hole stays put until you remove it. While the Millennium CD mat does a great job sonically, it sometimes lacks compared to the full-spectrum dynamics provided by the Super Black Hole. A firm, intimate contact works better than a disc just laying on top, plus the silicone layer adds superior vibration-absorbing ability. We discovered years ago that a smaller mat that simply addresses the clamping/disc interface and hub area of the CD provides superior results.
The Super Black Hole does not use adhesive, so it can be perpetually transferred from one disc to another–forever! The rigid carbon fiber layer keeps the mat flat and firm.
Herbie's hand-made Super Black Hole is compatible with most drawer-loading and top-loading CD, SACD, DVD, and Blu-ray players (not recommended for horizontal or vertical slot-loaders or computer drives).
2" diameter (50.8mm) by .025" (0.64mm) thick. Weight: 0.8 gram (0.03 oz.)
Super Black Hole CD Mat: $32.49 ea.
grungebuster Black CD Mat:
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For top-loaders and Stable Platters only. This is a 4.25" diameter mat intended to be used over and over again, transferred from one disc to another, or kept full-time on a stable platter (turntable-like platter). It has no adhesive; you just place it on top of the CD or DVD, label side, and play (requires compatible puck or clamping mechanism to hold it in place). Made with unique silicone-based elastomer.
.020" thick. Weight: 7.7 grams.
grungebuster Black CD Mat
Herbie's Audio Lab conducted extensive tests of the original Black Hole CD Mat. Test results are informative regarding vibration control in general, as we believe the micro-vibrational phenomena in audio, whether using a CD mat, Tenderfoot isolation feet or other vibration-control product, work along similar lines.
CD MAT TESTS
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Name: Terry Fugate
Review: I used to use the Marigo mat, but was never pleased with the results. The Super Black Hole mat (once I got used to centering it on the CDs when placed in the player) has been great. Thanks for a great product at such a reasonable price!
Name: Nigel Groves, U.K.
Review: Just a quick note to than you for your usual high level of service. I have been evaluating the super black hole cd mat over the last week and I can confirm that it delivers the results you described. Over the years I've tried a number of different mats including the 'top' Marigo mat. From now on, I'll be using your mat- enough said !
Name: James Reitz
Review: I'm getting a second Super Black Hole--it's a great product!
Name: Bob Matthews
Review: Thanks for being so fast in getting this new stable platter mat out to me.
I really think that it is definitely an improvement over the old white color mat!
This one was much easier to center, and the edges did not stick out over the original platter. And, the CD's don't seem to stick to the mat either.
My Pioneer PD-65 Stable platter (turntable like) CD player never sounded so good!
Yesterday, my wife couldn't pry me out of my listening room!
Diana Krall and Chris Botti never sounded so good! The sound now is just completely SMOOTH!!!!, with great bass with extended depth! This mat takes out any existing harshness or shrillness completely! You would never know you were listening to a 10-15 year old CD player. It sounds as good as any 24 bit player I have ever heard!
So, thanks again for sending me the new mat so fast. Your shop is the "Best Kept Secret" in audio! Keep up the good work.
Review: Another happy customer with another product demo. I have tube dampeners, tall tenderfeet, sonic stabilizers, and now the SBH. I love all my Herbies Audio Lab Products! The SBH has opened up soundstage and 3D Imaging. Wow!!! Every Herbies product I have tried is like adding a component upgrade. I can't wait to continue purchasing more HAL products to totally tweak my Headfi System. Thank you for amazing products at great pricing.
Name: Kurt Monié Sweden
Review: Super Black Hole is real interesting product that noticeably improved the sound more focus tighter bass etc. Very happy with the product can really recomend the product a great sound enhancement .............
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