The SIP is an
acoustic isolation platform that is made out of special Acoustic SteelTM
that contains a patented polymar producing an effect called constrained
layer damping. The standard size is 400mm x 300mm (other sizes can be made
by special order), and only 3mm thick which gives enough space for it to
be placed under a CD player, amp, turntable, etc. that is mounted on a rack.
The SIP is made with five 5mm diameter holes and can
be installed in three different ways:
1. It can be placed flat on an existing shelf
directly under the equipment
2. It can be placed on 3 of the 4 steel balls
and brass feet/cups supplied with the SIP, forming a
3. When the equipment is heavy, the SIP can be
placed on all 4 balls and feet/cup
The improvement in the sound after the SIP installed
should be immediately noticeable in that the music is free from all restraints
and will flow more freely giving a much better insight into the music. The
background is inky black therefore allowing so much more detail to come through.
But, as our motto says: Just Trust Your Ears
As at year 2003, the SIP is a new product from Sound
Acoustic SteelTM is a trademark
and patented material
Our customer, Sony Corporation Asia, has now distributed SIDs (Sound Improvement
discs) to all marketing executives across the region to use in their demos of Sony
CD/SACD players to Sony dealers. A trusted product ! So if you have a Sony CD/SACD
player, or any other brand, check it out. Now distributed across Japan as
well, in the thousands.
Now available in the USA as well through Music
listening tests we conducted, this product helps tame
the typical shouty digital character of CD and SACD, leading to a much more
natural presentation, a more relaxed feeling reminiscent of analog.
Customers have also reported improved resolution of soundstage and air.
Some have used them too in their discmans and reported a significant decrease in
Click Me! for a very interesting opinion on the
SID posted in a public forum. Don't forget to read the follow-ups/replies,
for and and a lot of against :-). The SID may not work for all,
admittedly, but for those who can hear or "feel" the improvements,
congratulations! In light of this, we offer a 10 day money-back
guarantee for this product !
Below is more information on the products:
"We've seen many accessory discs and foils, to be placed in the loading tray on
top of the CD, some intended to mechanically damp the disc. Most, to put
it charitably, have been problematic in use and have given mixed or dubious
But Peter Boffin,
a British engineer living in Germany, has come up with a precision-made,
extremely flat and thin CD overlay disc that works. He explains what SID
does: 'All CDs are see-through no matter if they are coloured or not. One
only needs to take a small torch and hold it against the silver side of a CD to
see that the light is visible through the disc. It is also possible to
move the CD up to 1.3mm away from the laser. Being as the CD is only 1.2m
thick, it shows that it is possible for the laser to actually see through the
CD. With this in mind, the correction system reacts to the varying
reflections it sees from the label thus giving the system more work to do than
is necessary. The result is sound that is much smoother as it has hardly
any interruptions induced by faulty information from the correction system.'
As the error correction system has to work
less, he goes on, 'the music will sound smoother. The vocals will appear
as though a veil has been lifted from in front of them. Instruments sound
more breezy, concise, and the sound in general less nervous.'
The Sound Improvement Disc is an accessory that is placed on top of the CD,
results in better separation of instruments and a much clearer reproduction of
the voice especially female. It is the easiest and one of the cheapest
ways to upgrade your hifi system.
The best way to hear the difference that the SID makes to the sound is to play a
piece of well-known music for a maximum of 30 seconds without the SID, and then
the same piece with the SID in place.
The SID disc has a special matt finish on one side and this side is placed to
the CD label so that the stray light is absorbed, the green colour changing the
red light of the laser into black thus neutralizing it.
The SID is only 0.3mm thick and 2.8 grams in weight so it will fit in virtually
Model 14 - for Philips-type sliding CD
Model 15 - for top-loading CD players
There are two versions.
Model 14, with a 14mm centre hole, suits drawer loading Philips-based
transports. Model 15, with a 15mm centre hole, suits Pioneer 'turntable'
transports, Meridian 505 and 508, and most top-loaders, for example CDC, Theta,
Spectral, Jadis JP1, Einstein, Berendsen CD1, Cambridge D300 and D500. The
SID is not suitable for use in CD magazine players, portables, or car players.
If in doubt, please state player make and model when ordering.