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Aiee! How do you test a CDR?

Postby shiznitz on Sun Feb 09, 2003 5:51 pm


i recently got a firewire Yamaha crw2200fxz (20x10x40; i bought it new, but i think it came out in 2001) for my macintosh g3 laptop. based on reviews, i bought a spindle of 50 Mitsui silver unbranded 74m cdrs. ive burned about 25 audio cdrs from my own original CD collection. before burning, i meticulously cleaned off the source CD before making the burn. all burns were done at 8x or 16x.

to my horror, i realized that about 2/3 of the CDR tracks skip or dropout when i play them on my new Denon 1800f professional CD player.

whats going on?

numerous posters have mentioned that they test their CDRs, and ive heard about 'C2' errors. how do i test my CDRs for errors? im using NeroMax to burn my CDRs, but i also have Toast Lite and Discribe. however, none of these seem to have any testing capabilities. where can i download test software?

should i just go out and buy a whole new spindle of CDRs by a different manufacturer? argh! so frustating.

any help you can share would be appreciated. thank you so much!

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Postby cfitz on Sun Feb 09, 2003 6:03 pm

Unfortunately, your drive is not a good one for checking burn quality. I believe it can't even report C2 errors, let alone C1 errors. All you can check for is a burn that has completely unreadable errors. Two programs to use are Nero's CD Speed (included with Nero and also available for free download at www.cdspeed2000.com) and CDCheck (for checking data CDs - http://www.elpros.si/CDCheck/).

You might want to check the discs you have already burned in some more players to see how they do. Strangely enough, expensive, high-end players are often more finicky about media than cheap players. Much as I imagine this would pain you, the fault may be with your Denon.

And yes, if you continue to have troubles you should try a few other manufacturers of media and dye types:

Cyanine dye - Taiyo Yuden
Phthalocyanine dye - Ritek
AZO/Super AZO dye - Verbatim

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Postby cfitz on Sun Feb 09, 2003 6:07 pm

Oops. Just realized you have a Mac. So those programs are of no use to you. Oh well, sorry. But you should still try the other suggestions.

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Postby aviationwiz on Sun Feb 09, 2003 6:58 pm

I recomend Tayio Yuden!
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