[quote=cd pirate;1971714]What writer is being used to write?
What kind of blank media are you using?
What speed are you burning this media?
It may be a crappy burn/media issue. A stronger player has no trouble playing the discs but a weaker one does. Sounds like write quality issues. If you can provide answers to the three questions I asked, it may shed some more light onto the situation.[/quote]
Details as requested, plus a bit more info and admission of negligence:
[B]Matshita DVD-RAM UJ-841S writer[/B] (I’ve heard it’s not got a good reputation - I’ve already had it replaced once under warrenty)
[B]TDK CD-R80 discs[/B] (I would get 650s as they technically comply with music industry standards, but they seem rather rare these days)
[B]Burning speed:[/B] Nero was using the default automatic settings for these faulty recordings
I’m afraid I’ve made an error in my initial post - having gone back and looked through my npf files, I’ve realised all the discs with this fault were burned using Nero. A recent tech fault meant I lost my old and very reliable/useful etc version 7. I upgraded to 8.x when reinstalling. Should I assume my new version of Nero is simply faulty and dump it? I was quite happy with v7 for my purposes.
I’ve just burned a test disc, with an identical collection of wav files to a faulty one, using iTunes (which I always thought to be the inferior burning engine to Nero). I set the write-speed at 4x instead of default maximum (which I assume to be 24x), took off the sound normalization, and played it back through my decent hifi with sucess.
I don’t know if this is a consequence of burning at a slower speed than usual, but A/B comparisons seem to give the iTunes burn slightly more bottom end. I’d have to admit I’ve never thought too much about the burn speed before, usually going for the ‘maximum’ or default option automatically. Given that I do quite a lot FLAC conversions from high quality live music recordings, which are then played back through good, revealing hi-fi kit, is 4x a reasonable rate, or is it worth the wait to go down to 2 or 1x?
Another thing I forgot to mention was that playing back the dodgy discs on the laptop they were burned on, using apps such as iTunes, VLC etc, does not produce this crackling noise that the CD player, which cost more than this laptop, produced! This seems very strange, but I’m not very clued up about PC disc drives, so there could be a simple explanation, if anyone could enlighten me I’d be interested to know.
Thanks for the above contributions, and apologies for my embarrassing schoolboy error in not isolating the Nero issue :o All help gratefully appreciated!