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.)
This was the third successful product that I purchased from Herbies. This mat in my Oppo-205 makes a noticeable improvement- bigger soundstage, better imaging and cleaner sound. Transports can use all the help they can get and this mat does it cheaply. Thanks again Herbie's.
The old green Grungebuster works better in my particular situation, but only because of the way I tweak my CDs. I put green paint everywhere I can, and this includes an area of about 1.75" diameter surrounding the center hole on the label side of the CD. In most cases, that area is coated or painted, so I scrape that off and then paint the area green This makes for a somewhat uneven surface, and the flexible green Grungebuster adheres to it much better than the stiffer carbon fiber Black Hole, especially since I put a thin coating of anti-static spray on the label side of the CD right before playing it. In this situation, the sound I get using the silicone Grungebuster is more accurate and musical.
Robert, this is my second Super Black. I purchased my 1st over 10 years ago. It is primarily used in my Bada HD-22SE CDP. I never listen to any CD's without it.
Very good product,if you have more items like it please gmail me.
This was a replacement for my first, which I used for about five years. They need to be cleaned occasionally, but don't use anything more sticky than cellophane tape to remove the particles that cling to the silicone or you can damage it, which is what happened to me. After having used it for so long, however, I found I really appreciated the sonic benefits, so had to have another. Backgrounds are quieter, music has more sparkle and air. Everything is just more present and resolved. Not a HUGE difference, mind you, but certainly noticeable and hey, it's a small investment, one of the smallest you'll ever make for noticeable improvement. I'd say give it a shot and you'll likely be very happy.
Took the time to listen to many CDs in my collection with the mat. It is a welcome addition for the most part. There can be a rubbing or mechanical spinning noise on some CDs that no matter what position the mat is placed on the CD. My equipment is a Marantz CD6006 / drawer type. (My system is in an adjacent room) from my speakers, so noise is not audible from the listening spot.
It seemed to improve the SQ but before I could actually compare it came loose and my drawer type player ate the adhesive layer off of it. Bye bye.
Have used the Marigo Signature, Gien [all carbon graphite], SID, Grungebuster and that really old green one [whose name escapes me] that would become florescent after exposure to light. The Super Black Hole is the best, bringing an ease, dimensionality and depth of musicality to cd playback that is readily discernible. Herbie's SBH has made an already great transport [the Cambridge CXC] noticeably better. Bravo!
I bought other device from Herbie and i have never been dissatisfied or disappointed. So, I can say that it works well: in general the sound is more analogic like ( less hardness, less hash, less hiss on c and s, better instrumental separation, better definition and control on bass and high frequencies; merit, i think , of reduced intervention of "creative" digital error correction circuit, that correct anytime innumerable errors simply adding something non existing in musical signal !!! ( as a matter of fact all digital reproduction is a "stairway to ****", being an approximate gangway, not a real curve as it is musical signal). Naturally it's a matter of detail and sensibility; for me it is enough for recommending the Super Black Hole CD mat to everyone who loves to approach analogic balance, care and sweetness. Telesforo, from Italy
Outstanding difference!! Listen to a lot of acoustic music and placement of guitars etc is very natural sounding
After reading so many good reviews of the Super Black Hole CD Mat I ordered one. It makes sense that the mechanical part of any CD player is a potential weak spot. Why not give it some help? The improvement this made to the sound of my CDs was immediately noticeable. Clearer and more detailed, with tighter and deeper bass. Well worth the money.
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