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Audio CDR's not playable on all CD players?

Discussion in 'Recording' started by stebinus, Oct 21, 2004.

  1. stebinus

    stebinus Guest

    I have a consumer CD recorder (Pioneer) and I once took one of my finalized CDR's into Best Buy and some of their players would not play it. Has anyone else ever noticed this problem and if so what's the deal?
  2. dudlew

    dudlew Guest

    From my wondering readings, I remember something being said that it has to do with the laser's strength. From what I remember, it was stated that the readeable surface on CD-R discs are not as reflective as normal Cds hence if the laser is to weak, then it wont beable to read the discs. That might be the case here.

    I am not sure about this though so someone can chime in and correct me if I am wrong!!

  3. drumrob

    drumrob Active Member

    I'm surprised that new CD players would not play a CD-R. Typically it's the early generation of CD players that have trouble with CD-Rs. They were built long before CD-Rs existed. That said, I have a VERY early model CD player that plays CD-Rs very well - go figure. And yes, it is true that the reflectivity of CD-Rs is not as high as a manufactured CD.

    Do you use a stand-alone CD burner or a computer CD burner? I used to work at a CD manufacturing plant, and some of the stand-alones would generate discs that were rejected by the system used to create the glass masters. The other issue might be with whether the disc was burned "Track-at-once" (not recommended) or "Disc-at-once" (better, because the laser does not start and stop between tracks, which can create errors, but burns the whole disc at once).

    Hope this helps,

  4. zemlin

    zemlin Well-Known Member

    I believe the media is a big factor here. I don't think I've ever found a CD player that would not play one of my Taiyo Yuden disks. FujiFilm disks I've had are Taiyo Yuden.. I have had some trouble with other disks.
  5. drumrob

    drumrob Active Member

    Good Call Zemlin!

    I didn't think to include that in my post above, but you are absolutely right. That's why I always buy name brand - the Taiyos are the best - and steer completely clear of the cheapie "Office Depot" brands or others. O.K., I ocassionally buy the "free with rebate" brands to use for my own check discs!

    Have fun!

  6. stebinus

    stebinus Guest

    Maybe it was the disk. It's a PNY brand, a cheapie.
  7. jcnoernberg

    jcnoernberg Guest

    is it playing in anything? i mean, do you know that the disc is ok? pop it in the pc and check... ive always used memorex cdrs, which are probably mid-priced, and have never had a problem. pny's are pretty cheap...

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