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.