This is my first post to this forum. I’ve scanned the Newbie forum looking for a similar thread, but haven’t been able to find it. I apologise if I’ve not looked hard enough.
I am still trying to come to terms with the fact that a burned CD will not necessarily work in all CD players, and that it all depends on things like burn speed, other software running at the time the CD is burned, the quality of the CD itself, and the age or type of player. I never realised this until recently - and it’s left me profoundly irritated.
I have two CD burners. One is a Sony CRX220A1 in my PC which runs Windows 98SE (I tend to use Magix Audio Cleaning Lab software to burn CDs). The other which came with my iBook G4. I also have a supply of unbranded plain CDs which I bought in bulk some time ago - I have no idea who might have made them. Each computer plays the ‘other’s’ CDs fine, as does the Sony micro hi-fi upstairs. The Sony micro hi-fi downstairs, which is a few years older, struggles with certain CDs burned in one or the other machine, though strangely not all of them. So does the CD player in my father’s car. They may play a few tracks perfectly well, or they may start skipping or jumping within seconds of the disc being inserted. The Sony player downstairs also has the profoundly annoying habit of making certain discs sound as if they’re a weak radio signal, sort of fluttering in and out.
If I’m not mistaken, the advice which seems to be presented here to correct such problems is “keep trying different brands of discs until you find something that works”. I’m not sure I can afford to do that. I’ve already slowed the burn speed down to 1X - I don’t mind waiting hours for the CD to burn if I can be certain it will work in all my players - but this still doesn’t seem to help.
I don’t suppose there’s much more I can do, is there - short of ditching the hi-fi downstairs and asking my father to buy a newer car?