I have one of those 400-CD carousels made by Sony, vintage ~2003. Today I burned a standard audio CD using Nero, which I've done many times before with no problem, but this one wouldn't play in the carousel; the box simply couldn't read the disc. After various trials I found that the problem is that I selected volume normalization, which I haven't used before. If I choose the same set of songs and write them without normalization, they play fine; but if I tell Nero to Normalize them, the resulting CD won't play in the carousel even when all other settings are the same. (It will play in my other CD-ROM drive and in a portable player.)
FYI, I have an older version of Nero (Express 184.108.40.206), but this shouldn't matter. For normalizing, Nero is using the default RMS method at 20%. The CD writer is a new Lite-On LH-20A1H, writing to an ordinary 700MB CD-R disc (tried both Memorex and Sony with the same results).
Any idea what's going on here? I'd like to use Normalization for the obvious reasons, but I don't understand why it makes a difference to compatibility. Are there any known problems with this version, or with Normalization generally for standard audio CDs?
Thanks for any suggestions!