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CDs that are unreadable

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Anyone have any thoughts as to why authentic (not CD-R burns) made within the last 10-15 years do not read and cannot be played on a regular compact disc player? I recently bought  two such discs brand new that do not play. Any similar experiences?

The CDs are:

Keith Saunders - Lost in Queens (TCB- Montreux Jazz Label)

Oliver Jones- Skip Bay: Then and Now  (Justin Time)

 

Thanks,

Bob

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If bebopbob says this hapened on brand new CDs to him then this is odd, though.

I have had a possibly related case that I found hard to explain: A brand new CD (released just before I bought it, so no "NOS" ;))  consistently skipped and garbled (skipping to and fro on a particular track) on the same track whenever I tried to play it - despite numerous tries (a check of the CD player did not yield anything wrong). Trying to save the contents, I then burnt a CD-R of it on my PC and this one has played perfectly ever since. Strangely enough, the actual CD behaved OK again when I spun it later (much later) again.

 

 

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Beginning of an issue with the player perhaps. Coincidental that it's new CDs. Happened to me.

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Some cds are unlistenable..others are unreadable. 

-Confucius

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Test those disks on multiple players and drives. Like Steve, I've had issues with discs that will not play in a CD player but I can rip them on my computer and the rip plays just fine.

Strange but true.

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A Hi-Fi dealer once told me there is no player on the market that reads every CD without problems. The percentage is very low, but every now and then it happens. Last week I got a new recently manufactured CD and it took three attempts until my Marantz would read it.

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5 hours ago, mjazzg said:

Coincidental that it's new CDs. Happened to me.

And to me too.

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Another solution: Play your CD on a DVD player. DVD players are less picky. That is what I do.

 

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Try copying it to a blank CD, using your computer.

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On 11/23/2020 at 0:10 PM, mjzee said:

Try copying it to a blank CD, using your computer.

That's a smart idea.

I've had CDs refuse to play. But I've never had one that refused to play on all the players in my house. Whenever it's happened that one machine can't handle it, another one can.

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I have had a few where there was clearly some problem with the mastering of the last track (crazy digital artifacts and skipping).  Fairly common particularly with PD labels releasing CDs with 75+ minutes of music. 

Astonishingly enough, once in a while these problems persist even when streaming on iTunes, so did they actually just rip their own CDs to create the version stored on iTunes?  Completely baffling.

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Disc #3 of Craft's The Complete Cuban Jam Sessions would not play on any of my machines after a few minutes.  There was no visible gouge or other identifiable defect.  Because it would not play on any computer's CD drive, I couldn't make a copy of it.  I wound up downloading that disc on mp3 from Amazon.

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