Im new to the Lab. I think its a great forum and there are alot of good topics on here - now for one that hasnt been covered..
This is for anyone that has MP3 car audio equipment or interested to learn about the PROS and CONS of having one.
I recently brought a MP3 player for my car. Its the Panasonic CQ-RDP472N model. This unit is the cheapest on the market compared to the other manufactured brands out there. So I recommend you check it out if you are looking to buy one.
The Panasonic CQ-RDP472N supports: CD-R CD-RW TEXT CD-R (MP3) CD-RW(MP3) CD-ROM (MP3)
more info- http://www.panasonic.co.uk/product/carc ... RDP472.HTM
Okay so heres what happened, I burned an MP3-disc consisting of mixed 128kbps - 192kbps songs with Nero Express, I used "Track-At-Once" as Write Method I toasted the CD at 16x (successfully). I used Imation CDR
The problem is some tracks have a hitching (scratching) noise during playback in the CD player car unit. So I thought maybe 16x might of been bad for the CD or the unit couldnt read it correctly so I went back and made the exact same disc of tunes using the Mitsubishi CDR and at 12x speed.
Unfortunately the new CD had the same problem, the same tracks that made the hitching noises appeared again. So I was clueless what to try next and I never had this kind of problem with MP3 playback. I tested the CD in my cd-rom and its perfectly fine, no hitching sounds or nothing.
So I contacted Panasonic Tech Support by phone, and they told me they were aware of the problem but they didnt have any solution other than to find other sources of the encoded songs.
In the manual it says "It is recommended to set the bit rate to "128 kbps or more" and "Fixed"
Does this mean I need to re-encode the MP3's? or maybe it doesnt like 192kbps tracks? Its doesnt make sense coz I have as example below of the one track that makes hitching noises in certain parts of the track while the other plays perfectly fine.
Hitching noises in playback
Size: 5251993 bytes
Header found at: 626 bytes
Length: 218 seconds
MPEG 1.0 layer 3
192kbit, 8389 frames
Size: 1899224 bytes
Header found at: 0 bytes
Length: 79 seconds
MPEG 1.0 layer 3
192kbit, 3033 frames
Its quite cool having the ability to play the music you download in your car and squeezing so many mp3's onto a CD is a bonus.
My CD writer is the LG (GCE-8160B) still running the factory 1.01 firmware
I appreciate any feedback or tips to help find a solution.