Hello members and welcome to September!
Another busy month for Driving Sounds with reader interest growing all of the time.
I visited my mate Stuey at FOUR MASTER Accutek
last month to have him Bit Tune my system and while there, he encouraged me to sit in his reincarnated Beetle. He is still applying the final touches but he was keen to hear what I thought and also to lay down a challenge. This is nothing new as everywhere I go people challenge me to try and hear the difference between high bit rate MP3 and Flac files and other such things. I was presented with two discs labelled "A" and "B" which contained the latest Gregory Porter album, Liquid Spirit. I listened very, very carefully
to the opening track, "No Love Dying"
. I concluded that although the differences to my ears were very small I could discern better separation in the mid frequencies on disc B particularly in quiet passages. Even Stuey had not been told what if any, was different between the discs and we had to wait a full month before finding out that disc B had been treated with a product called ReVeel (pictured above). It is claimed that a releasing agent which aids with easy removal from the mould in teh disc manufacturing process often
leaves a residue behind. ReVeel removes this which results in fewer read errors. Being naturally extremely cynical about this kind of thing I was amazed that both Stuey and I had independently identified the treated disc and that the difference could be heard not on a £20K home hi-fi system but on £2K worth of car audio! I am therefore forced to endorse not only Stuey's incredible installation and tweaking ability but also the wonders of ReVeel and the moving, vocal majesty and songwriting talent of Gregory Porter.