Portable CD Player, Redux - PLEASE HELP!

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  1. Michael Martin

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    A while back, I knew I'd be buying a portable CD player and started this thread to solicit opinions and experiences with players.

    I had originally intended to buy the Sony S2 Sports Tuner CD Walkman. In fact, I walked into Best Buy yesterday to purchase it, as BB has it on sale this week for $20 off its usual price. However, as I looked at the CD players for sale, I noticed a Panasonic player with more features for $20 less than the S2's sale price! Because it could do what I wanted - primarily, play CD-Rs - and more, I went ahead and bought it.

    Last night, I was testing it on several audio CDs I had burned at home. Of 5, it only played ONE.

    Needless to say, I was quite frustrated.

    At first, I thought it was because the first CD-R I tested was on a disc bought from a really cheap batch - one of the office stores was selling, 50 discs for like $10. But the player also had trouble reading other discs from different, more expensive batches.

    So here is my question for y'all: have you had any similar experiences with NEW portable CD players reading CD-Rs? What about the Sony? Right now my plan is take the Panasonic back and buy either the S2 or the S2 ATRAC3/MP3 CD player.

    Is the problem with the discs or the player? My car stereo - and it's only a factory one - has NO problems reading the audio CDs burned from the "cheap" batch and neither does my home CD player, which is a few years old.

    Any thoughts or recommendations would MOST welcome.
     
  2. MikeWh

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    Michael-- I think CD-R compatibility is still a hit-or-miss thing unfortunately. In my personal experience, playability problems have been associated with the various manufacturers, the different CD-R dye colors, and the media capacity. These problems were most evident in some of my older players; for example, one of my players refuses to read any 700MB/80min. media (while 650MB/74min. discs work fine).

    Here's a pretty good site that discusses a lot of the issues concerning CD-R quality and compatibility:

    http://www.cdmediaworld.com/hardware..._quality.shtml

    It may come down to finding a certain brand that your player "likes." I noted that the Panasonic specs say "May not be able to play some CD-R or CD-RW discs due to the condition of the recording." That's a pretty vague statement.

    BTW, are you burning CD-DA or mp3? I assume CD-DA, since you mentioned your older player...
     
  3. Michael Martin

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    My Sony portable CD Discman (a higher end model circa 1994) can play every CD-R that I have ever put into it (CD audio of course, not MP3 or anything). I almost exclusively use cheap CD-Rs. Most if not all newer Sony's boast of being able to play CD-RW in addition to CD-R.
     
  6. Michael Martin

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    Mike, thanks for the link to the article. I read the one you posted, as well as one on dyes and media manufacturers,

     

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