BillyG wrote:I have found that the older the CD player is the less likely it will read CD-R's. Players that were made in the 80's-to-mid 90's have a hard time reading CD-R's and most never play CD-RW.
The professional Denon CD Cart decks at my friends radio station wouldnt play any CD-R that used green/blue dye (Taiyo Uden, Verbatim). We found out that yellow/gold dye Ritek (Maxell and some TDK) worked the best.
Yes, this is typically the case. CDR didnt exist in the 80's so there was no way to ensure it would read a CDR (since they didnt exist). And during the mid 90's, when CDR was coming on the scene, manufacturers gradually began to make sure their equipment would read CDR's, but some were slower to implement this than others. Having said that, plenty of old, PRE-cdr cd players will read CDR's, since it was designed to be compatible with the cd standard. If you buy a new CD player now, and it doesnt read CDR, then there is absolutely no excuse for that, and I would definitely take it back as it is either defective or just a major piece of crap.
CDRW is a different story all together. Many/Most old cd players will read CDR, but unless your CD player/CDRom reader was designed from the start to be able to read CDRW, 99.99% of the time it wont.
Once again though, CDRW has been around long enough that there is NO excuse for a modern reader of anykind to not be able to read CDRW.