Why Clean Your Vinyl?
is simple: it lets you hear the music as it was intended to be
heard. The music leaps from a blacker background. The tone of
instruments and voices becomes more complex, more layered, and
more life-like. The image of the sound stage becomes more
focused, solid and precise. Subtle ambient clues are unlocked,
revealing details of the venue and the players positional
relationships. Not only will the instruments and voices which
you knew were there gain in complexity and dimensionality, but
you may also hear instruments and vocals which you never knew
were there! At the same time, distracting and grating
background noise, pops and clicks are reduced sometimes even
completely eliminated. Not infrequently, you will have been
unaware that contaminants were in the way between you and the
music. It will be as if a veil has been lifted, revealing to
you all the vibrancy and immediacy of your recordings. Why
clean your vinyl? Because it puts you back in touch with the
music and lets you enjoy the full potential of your vinyl
the original and still the best high-resolution format.
Why a Two-Step Method?
can be subjected to many different kinds of contaminants. Some
of these contaminants, such as silicone release compounds, can
be on your vinyl when you open it for the first time. Other
contaminants can result from environmental conditions, and
still others come from everyday handling or the occasional
mishap with foods and beverages. To make matters worse,
microbes can thrive on these contaminants, and in their wake
they leave behind their own contamination hard protein
chains. With such a wide variety of contaminants, it is not
surprising that single-formula record cleaners so often fail
to achieve the results you are looking for just look at how
many different cleaners you have under your bathroom or
kitchen sink! This is why Audio Intelligent uses a two-step
method. The first step is the application and removal of the
Enzymatic Formula. The second step is the application and
removal of the Super Cleaner Formula or alternatively, the
Premium Archivist Formula.
Why an Ultra-Pure
Although it is not required, some
audiophiles go further and use a pure water rinse as a final
step. For those who wish to use a pure water rinse, Audio
Intelligent offers Ultra-Pure Water. Audio Intelligents
Ultra-Pure Water is the last word in a pure water final rinse
to make sure theres nothing on your vinyl but the music.
Use the Enzymatic Formula First?
There are two
reasons for why there is a specific order in using the Audio
Intelligent products. First, the Super Cleaner Formula
contains 10% lab grade isopropyl alcohol, and while isopropyl
alcohol is an effective cleaner and degreaser, it can harden
protein deposits on your vinyl. The Premium Archivist Formula
contains no alcohol, so this is not an issue when choosing
this formula as a second step. That is why we break down the
protein deposits with the Enzymatic Formula in the first step
before using the Super Cleaner Formula in the second step.
Second, our goal is not only to clean the vinyl, but also to
make sure that as little residue as possible is left on the
vinyls surface. Thats why we use first a product with a
higher concentration of non-water molecules (the Enzymatic
Formula), and then use a product which has a much lower
concentration of non-water molecules (the Super Cleaner
Formula). The optional third step (a rinse with Ultra-Pure
Water) uses a product which has zero non-water molecules.