Ive searched all round the web, and all over this forum and I cant find a solution to this problem. It seems quite common to me, and seems to be a bit of an un-answered mystery of the CD world.
The problem is CD distortion. I ordered a CD recently, and to start off with I was playing it in my DVD player. At about track 4 it starts to crackle slightly. By about track 6 its really bad. By track 8 it barely works, and at track 10 it wont even read the CD anymore.
Sounds like a bad CD.
I put it in my kitchen CD player and it works, perfect!
I put it back in my DVD player and the distortions back.
This really interested me so I tested it in everything I could find. Here is where it worked and where it didnt.
3 year old PC - No
Brand new DVD - No
Old CD player - No
Newish CD player - Yes
Old CD walkman - Yes
Newish CD walkman - Yes
I bothered to put in age as there seems to be some kind of correlation between old and new. Apart from the DVD player, only a few weeks old wont play it. Also the old walkman will play it. Another interesting fact is that it works on all the flip lid CD players, but not slide tray CD players.
Obviously this wasnt on, so I requested a replacement. When the replacement arrived It seemed to be better at first, but then the distortion kicked in, this time at track 10. Again it slowly got worse.
This is the 3rd CD Ive experience this with recently. One from a small band, one from a friends CD-RW, and now this new one, which is in fact quite a reliable company, that friends have bought the same CD from and had no problem.
The question isnt really how do I fix this, as its obviously something wrong with the CD, but why does this happen at all? How can one CD play perfect in one player but really badly in another? Answer will be much appriciated!