"Quite what it is that wrought these improvements I do not know."
Believing they would be better before you listened to them?
Please... He's an audiophile=he knows what he's talking about.
His website includes many useful tips.
In Tuning Tip #3 we read:
"Before connecting any cable to your system, give it a firm, robust shake. Grab hold of one end of the lead and shake it for a couple of minutes before you connect it to your system.
The process must – I suppose – do something to the molecular structure of the conductors, dielectric or insulation. What that is I do not know, nor do I care, but it has worked many times in my system."
Quark-shaker; if you try really hard you may turn it into gold, changing molecular properties of the cable. Shake it!
In Tuning Tip #2 we read:
"(...) I took four empty CD cases and placed one under each foot of the pre-amplifier. This restored the music’s rhythmic bounce and vitality and made the sound that fraction more transparent – it became easier to listen into dense mixes."
See!? Easy and very useful!
Now I know the future of a CD. Or at least the future of CD cases.
I think those tips can be used in ambient music, too.
Combining those two tips, I can burn a CDR with my mixes, put it inside the CD case, shake it really well (or jump on it in case of dark ambient - to get rid of too heavy reverb) and copy data back to hard drive. Easy mastering!
The mixes will gain clarity, vitality and become more transparent. I wish I knew that before...