I am new to the forum. I recently purchased HP 52X blank CD-R in a 50 pack spindal at Staples in the US. I haven’t opened them yet, and wanted to get some opinions if they are good. I am replacing a 100 pack spindal of Verbatim bought at Amazon.com that I have had nothing but problems with (still have a ton of them left). The Verbatims are reorder #94554. The Verbatims would burn fine with Nero (audio CDs), but when you would play them in 3 different CD players, they skip, have a hard time finding the correct track for the number you press and pop and sound scratchy especially on the higher track numbers near the end of the disc. My Technics Mega CD changer had the most problems, but so did 2 different brands of DVD players. I really only use the CD-Rs for audio and I don’t need the greatests discs in the world. I just want to be able to play them with out any tracking, skipping or sound problems. The HPs are made in China. They are Item #CR00030XM. I am using an HP CDWriter 8230e that burns at 4X max. Yes I know it’s ancient to today’s drives, but it works great and I have never had a single bad burn until the Verbatim discs came into my house. I used Sony prior to the Verbatium Item# 50CDQ80LS2 and they performed flawlessly both burning and playing. Prior to the Sonys I have used Memorex, Kodak, IBM, Fuji and the old verbatims (purchased in 1999) with out issue. I got one Memorex from a friend and it burned and played fine after the bad Verbatium disc issues, so my CD Writer isn’t the problem. Any opinions on these HP discs would be greatley appreciated as I can only return them unopened and I am afraid I may be getting into the same problem as I had with the Verbatims. Thanks in advance!