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Claro CD by Shinpy: High resolution oil for Compact Discs

[Italian version]

The Claro oil is made in Italy by Shinpy, a new Italian brand which also makes Hi-end cables, the loudspeakers Claravox and the Volta amplifiers.
The Claro, called High resolution CD oil, is a liquid for Compact Disc conditioning which means that it is NOT a cleaning fluid or, better, not only.
A mini-bottle with 10 ml of oil is sufficient to treat 100 CDs and its price is around 40$/bottle (in Italy).
To use the Claro with your CDs you just need to put three drops of this oil onto the surface of the disc and then spread it using your fingers, provided that the CD was already clean, as should be your fingers :-)
According to me, three drops are *even* excessive, I'd suggest just two drops, after all it depends on the *size* of each drop.
Once the oil covers the surface of the disc, wait for three minutes then wipe using the soft cloth you find inside the Claro package.
The whole process is fast, easy and the oil is easy to wash away from the fingers.

How does it work?

The basic principle behind the Claro is an easy one: this oil simply eliminates the discontinuities on the surface of the CD, repairing those micro-imperfections that can *confuse* the work of the laser beam.
Roughly speaking, every item, fliud or stabilizer works the same way: they try to ease the job of the laser beam: less errors means less manipulations (by interpolation) by the error correction circuit of the CD player, hence we can get a cleaner sound.

The question is does the Claro work?
The answer is YES, it works.
Before you click away from this page because you don't believe an oil over the surface of a CD can affect the sound of a stereo system let me say just one simple thing: try this at home and don't take my words for granted.
Of course if you want to be serious about testing any kind of similar device you should be able to compare -directly- a *treated* CD with a *non-treated* one. Indeed, once the Claro is onto a CD you will not be able to remove it.
Also, try to listen to the *treated* CDs with different CD players and HiFi systems: this will improve the reliability of the whole testing process.
So the Claro works. To me, the main differences are in the mid-high range, where the sound becomes clearer, more transparent and airy.
This is self-evident with voices and female voices in particular but also with percussions and cymbals.
The overall feeling is as if a veil has been taken away from the instruments and even dynamics and bass articulation slightly improve.
Don't get me wrong: I'm talking of small improvements, not dramatic ones. Also, if you have a low-priced HiFi system you won't be able to detect any improvement at all, since you need high-resolution HiFi components to *tell* the difference easily.
Plus, the improvement is very CD-dependent, in the sense that the quality of the disc itself and of the recording are very relevant factors.
An already good CD will sound undoubtly better while a mediocre pressing and recording will be unveiled to your ears without mercy.
The Claro effect will last for one whole year, sometimes longer then you need to oil your CDs again.

The bottom line

The Claro works pretty well: its effect on the sound is sensible even if not dramatic hence it will not make sound your 100$ CD-player like a Wadia :-)
This oil works, it's easy to use and is a *must* if are trying to get the best out of your Compact Discs.

Copyright © 1997 Lucio Cadeddu

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