VRC Test Results
The following image shows the results of Media DMA Spectral testing after cleaning with VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel.
"I averaged the amount of noise over time, and took percentages of each recording. We ended up with an 11db increase in overall signal to noise ratio, which is around a 75% improvement in how it sounds to the logarithmic way that humans hear sound, and an 8db improvement to the peak noisefloor, which is over 50%. I stand behind my measurements and say with confidence that VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel is a superior product that I would put my stamp of approval on, and entrust my entire vinyl collection to for years to come. While we can’t reverse the effects of aging, we can certainly control them, and VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel is the only way I’d recommend to any audiophile."
Dave Askew; MediaDMA, USA.
VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel Performance
The following sound files show the first 40 or so seconds of a late 1960s recording of Elgar’s Cello Concerto. Click each graphic to hear the recording.
The trace shows the amount of foreign material in the record groove; it makes this recording virtually unlistenable. In fact, you can hear that the playback even starts with a mistrack as the stylus runs into a lump of detritus, possibly a mould which has attached itself within the groove and skips to into the adjacent part of the groove.
This second trace shows the same track after a single cleaning with VRC Easy Spread n’ Peel. It is easy to see how much noise has been removed; click on the graphic to hear it. However there remain one or two stubborn pops, not uncommon on older vinyl records, especially those that have not been played for some time. If you have just inherited a collection, this is likely what you will find. This first clean also greatly reduces the wow and flutter caused by the friction experienced by the stylus as it is dragged through the grime in the groove, causing rotation speed variations as the plater is momentarily slowed.
The third trace graphic shows the track after a second ESP treatment. As you will hear by clicking the graphic, the recording is now all but silent. Not only are the last of the annoying pops removed but the mould release agent, that fine film left in the grooves when the record is released from the printing moulds, has also been stripped out. The resulting playback possesses a depth and openness that is quite extraordinary.