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Beware if you want to play home-made discs
on 13 February 2014
My Sony CD player (similarly priced) was giving trouble reading some home-burnt CD-Rs, and I was attracted by the favourable reviews Teacs had in this respect. Boy, was I to be disappointed.
My Sony would have trouble with, maybe, one in ten discs, but would always eventually play them after a fashion. With this Teac, I found the reverse: it would only PLAY about one in ten. It always identified the Table of Contents but pressing play would lead it to whirr, jump from track to track, play a few seconds then jump or just give up. In the case of one CD, it played fine once, then on reloading decided to give trouble. Commercial discs were OK, although when it had a hiccough with even one of these, I called it a day.
Of course, it’s possible that the CD-Rs themselves are the problem. My preferred brand has never given trouble before, and I’ve tried other brands, with no resolution, though I’ve been told that newer recordable discs use a different (cheaper) type of layering than before. It is unlikely to be my recorder, since CD-RWs cause no difficulty and DVD-Rs/RWs present no problem. But what is astonishing is that these discs all play without hitch in 3 PC drives, a laptop, two cheapish music centre things, even the player in the car and, with some luck, on my old machine.
It’s a shame, because the Teac is a nice unit in other respects. Soncially, it seemed OK; it sounded no different to my Sony when connected via the digital output (theoretically it shouldn’t) and it’s hard to pass judgement when using the analogue connections, though it was probably at least as good as any other similar machines.
Searching on the internet shows that some players are fussy with certain brands of disc, maybe you’ll have better luck. Reviews of other machines on Amazon reveal that they all seem to be temperamental with CD-Rs. I find it bizarre that, for all the claims of superior D/A converters, high quality circuitry, etc., they can’t reliably perform the basic function of reading 1s and 0s from any disc, something easily done by players costing one-tenth the price.
If anyone knows of either a CD player or CD-Rs which give no difficulty, I’d be interested to hear.