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ohfourohnine
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Marigo CD Mat - Anyone tried it?

Some time ago, I tried Optrix and liked the improvement it made in CD's. I keep looking at a slightly more expensive tweak about which I've read some good reviews, the Marigo mats. They come in two varieties-one at about $100 and another at double that. Anyone here tried one? Are they worth it?

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Re: Marigo CD Mat - Anyone tried it?

Mr Cheapskate,

Oh how you have strayed. To even be thinking of spending $100, let alone $200, on a mere piece of 4-1/2" plastic claimed to have such magical powers. I'm so ashamed, not that you would believe it might work but that you couldn't find a cheaper version of a similiar product.

I have been using CD mats for quite time and I still don't know if they make all that much of a difference but the ones I use are so inexpensive that I just don't care. I have two different ones currently in use.

One is a simple green plastic mat, the same size as a CD, and it just gets placed on top of the disc before you close the CD player drawer. A local audio dealer gave me a couple several years back and I've managed to hold onto this last one.

The other is one of "Herbie's grungebuster CD mats", which is a little reuseable disc, much smaller than a CD, which goes on the center of a CD. Here's the link: Herbie's CD Mat
Note: I bought mine before the version 2 was out and the mats were somewhat cheaper.

My suggestion is: Herbie's has a 90 day money back no-risk trial, does Marigo offer the same? For that kind of money they should. I'm not trying to promote Herbie's, I'm just making a point about some of the wild claims out there in audioland. If the company can back up their claims with no-risk, at home, trials then maybe some of these wilder claims (and outrageous prices) would disappear.

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Re: Marigo CD Mat - Anyone tried it?

Thanks for your effort to keep me on the straight and narrow, Jazzman, and thanks for the link to Herbie's stuff. Just spent several minutes with a smile on my face reading his various product descriptions. I didn't know he was out there. Still haven't parted with any cash. I keep weighing tweaks vs. more music. You know how that goes.

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Re: Marigo CD Mat - Anyone tried it?

Hiya

Yep,got the marigo mat as well as the other mat (forgot it's name) the one you put close to a light source to get it "charged" lol and yes,they both make a difference although i ended up with a bediny clarifier.Same improvement , less risk to get a mat stuck inside your cd player. I only use it though for serious listening as i am the "permanent improvement" type of person.What i mean is,i prefer to have something that is permanently in my system,like bdr cones etc than having to "apply" whatever might be,to the cd or the player whenever i want to listen to music. Anyway,if you are willing to purchase one,the answer is yes,it makes the sound better.

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Re: Marigo CD Mat - Anyone tried it?

Thanks, JVS, for the direct response to my post. I chuckled when, the day after I posted the question, your column provided a qualified response. I take it you've experienced no problem with the mat getting stuck in your CD player (see Yiangos comment).

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