edit: the product works. after application, everything seems a bit more illuminated, crisper, and with a clearer sense of space. the difference is subtle but noticeable - meaning that if you listen to one track closely and then the same track but this time treated, you will pick up on some differences (enhancements). the product description says that the fluid maximizes the laser reading capability of the CD, producing higher quality sound. this seems to be true. the benefits also seem to be somewhat short lasting - roughly the length of the CD. so it is a neat little tweak but also not very cheap as each listen appears to require reapplication and the bottle being not that large is probably good for only about 45-50 CDs. am i glad i purchased it. yes. because i like to try new things and it does seem to work. will i buy another bottle - probably not. but if there was another product of similar quality that was more affordable, i would consider it.
Furutech PC-2 Disc Treatment
Slightly smaller in size than the "CD Clarity" bottle, measuring some 5 ½" tall and just ⅞" in diameter, the PC-2 fluid is also supplied in its own spray applicator bottle. Mine came packaged with a 7" by 5 ½" purple "micro-fiber" cloth, very much like those now handed out at optical centers to clean your new plastic lenses, and sells for $32.00. No mention of the actual volume of fluid included in the bottle or approximately how many discs may be treated is made.
Treatment is identical to that with the "CD Clarity," or most other spray fluids for that matter, and is accomplished in seconds. Like the less expensive "CD Clarity," there is a notable increase in focus and specificity, more harmonic texture, increased warmth with vocals and strings and enhanced bass and midbass resolution.
However, there is a bit more. The use of PC-2 also allows a greater sense of dynamic contrasts. There is also a heightened distinctness of the space of the recording and the venue itself. The music seems to emanate from a quieter, darker background, which is a hallmark of the better fluid treatments I've examined, such as the pricey but exceptional Millennium Q-151 treatment fluid. There is a greater sense of instrumental individuality, perhaps an indication that PC-2 offers a bit more resolution than some of the other fluid treatments, which yields more of an instruments individual musical contribution as well as a more distinct indication as to its physical location within the recording. Regardless, the effects are highly desirable, and among some of the best I've noted with any of the specific fluid treatments I've examined, including Finyl, Clear-Bit, the Disc Doctors Miracle CD Cleaner, In-Sight, the Auric Illuminator fluid, M.A.C.'s Compact Disc Magic and Rain-X, to name just a few.
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just ordered this product. $39.10 after shipping (priority mail usps). below is a product review from StereoTimes. i'll report back my findings. but in the mean time, has anyone else tried this stuff. thanks.