Marigo Audio Aida CD-MAT
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NEW - latest and best version so far: Marigo Audio Aida CD-MAT
New resonance control, static dissipation and shielding technologies work synergistically together to create a significantly higher level of digital performance. You will be amazed by the dramatic improvement in dimensonality, resolution, bass definition, high frequency purity and ambient information retrieval.
This brand new CD mat can lift your system to a completely new level - indispensable!
What you can expect:
- Significantly improved material technology for even quieter playback noise floor.
- New proprietary coatings which are nearly transparent.
- Superior static draining and near infra-red laser light absorption.
- Performance is improved with greater dynamic range, focus and image specificity.
- Best of all there is an analog-like naturalness and realism without resorting to the compromised performance band-aid approach of high frequency roll-off.
- Significantly improved low level detail and ambience information retrieval.
- More holographic imaging.
Simply place the Marigo Audio Aida CD-MAT on top of an optical disc, with either side against the disc in a transport drawer or top loading mechanism, press play and enjoy your digital disk collection new with details never heard before.
Hear what truly minimizing disc vibration can do for the sound.
In video replay, the Marigo Audio Aida CD-MATgreatly enhances picture detail and dimensionality. You will experience an involving 3-D video performance as never before.
Dave Allison of The StereoTimes (March 2019) wrote:
"...increase in detail also solidified the stereo image in every dimension. It was as if the individual voices and instruments acquired more palpable boundaries while remaining part of the whole performance. The interplay between instruments, especially in symphonic material, was much easier to follow, and more enjoyable! Ron Hedrich’s four years of developing the Aida has yielded quite a set of accomplishments for a 'humble' CD mat! But if you play/burn any digital audio or video discs, I think you’ll appreciate what the Aida does..."
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Reviews & Awards for Marigo's predecessor CD-Mat:
Dave Allison, The StereoTimes (Jan. 2017):
"...for those of us who still buy/play/rip physical media, this is a must try. First, and perhaps most important, it’s as close to a universal CD/SACD/DVD/Blue Ray damper as you’ll find. All previous mats I’ve used in my two very finicky transports have been chewed up and/or spit out. The Clear Transformation is so thin and flexible that you’ll get no complaints from your player. Sonically, it does away with digital artifacts while enhancing the richness and detail of your music. At $199, it’s the least expensive digital accessory you’ll find that really makes a difference. Unconditional 30-day money-back guarantee from Marigo..."
REVIEWS FOR THE PREDESESSOR MAT (ULTIMA HD SIGNATURE )
Jason Victor Serinus, RMAF 2013, in a room listening to equipment worth $279,000.-
"...before I left, Ron Hedrick of Marigo Audio Labs brought in his newly released Ultima High Definition Signature Mat. I had been told not to use any mat in my dCS Puccini CD/SACD player, but Joe was so certain that the mat, a mere 0.01” thick, would work well in the player that he gave it a whirl. The change was so apparent, and so positive, that Joe used the mat for the remaining day and a half of the show. What did I hear? Hunt Lieberson’s voice became fuller, the bottom of her tone extremely solid, and the entire presentation more of a piece. In addition, the sound was definitely more transparent, with images in clearer focus. I can’t wait to try one in my Puccini once we move and my system is again in running order..."
RMAF 2013, another room:
"...the result, on a remaster of Lou Reed’s 'Walk on the Wild Side' was exceptionally clear sound, superb 3-dimensionality, and fine timbres. Before/after comparisons revealed that the mat rendered everything crisper, clearer, more 3-dimensional... in short, more real. This was especially apparent on a recording of baritone Matthias Goerne singing Schubert, where the mat not only enhanced the system’s beautiful midrange sonorities, but also had an almost magical effect on the piano. Having also heard the new Marigo mat improve the sound of a dCS Scarlatti transport in The Voice That Is room, I have a sense that Ron’s latest design improves the sound of virtually every transport and CD player, regardless of quality..."
REVIEWS FOR THE EARLIER VERSION (Signature 3-D)
John Sunier AUDIOPHILE AUDITION:
"...the last word in tweaks to go on top of or around your optical discs!"
Jason Victor Serinus SECRETS OF HOME THEATER AND HIGH FIDELITY:
"...I have tried the Marigo Labs Signature 3-D mat on a number of boom boxes and rack systems from different manufacturers. Without fail, it has transformed shallow sounding devices into systems capable of far greater color and musicality. It makes every system I’ve tried it on sound as though it cost at least twice as much."
"...Every level of player I've tried the Marigo Audio Signature Mat in, including five figure transports and players, the Signature Mat has taken the listening expierience to another level..."
"Voices and instruments transformed from flat, mono-dimensional presentations to rounded sonic images that bore a far greater resemblance to the real thing. You could feel the presence of the drum, the roundness of the strings, and the different layers of undertones and overtones that comprise the human voice..."
"Equally striking was the additional air and depth. Voice and instruments were now realistically separated, resonating in different acoustic planes rather than sounding crammed together in mono-dimensional space. There is far more life to highs, and significantly more details to the entire presentation..."
"The transformation was everything but subtle. It made all the difference in the world..."
David Allcock HIFI CHOICE:
"... The Marigo Signature 3-D v2 mat moved recordings torwards an analogue presentation, exhibiting greater fluidity and subtlety. Not only were vocals brought forward into the room but they were also far more natural and realistic. The soundstage was also a shocker, it simply walked straight through my side walls, with instruments accurately focused beyond the outer edge of the room, populted with solid, belivable images. The spaces between instruments was also clearly deined which had the effect of heightening the believability of the overall recording. The biggest improvement I found was the reduction in hardness andd edginess to the notes."
"Vocals positively flowed into the room from the speakers. They were far more solidly rendered on the soundstage than in any of the other mats, with a real palpability and body to the vocal performance. The bass also opened up siginificantly more than with any other mat used in this test. This resulted in allowing me to hear right into the mix, it became easy to discriminate between the sonic contributiors to the overall recording, and like the other mats, the noise floor level was lowered, but in this case significantly. It was slightly larger, but it was the silence between the musicians that the greatest change could be heard, giving a sense of being able to walk amongst the musicians...."
John Sunier AUDIOPHILE AUDITION:
"The Signature 3-D mat brought increased low bass support, made the strings tone more silky and achieved much improved soundstage depth. There were added harmonics to fill out the sonic picture of the harpsichord and it no longer sounded slightly muffled. I play and own a harpsichord so I'm familiar with what it should sound like."