Hi, I am a newbie here, but I would not say I was a newbie when it comes to CDs/DVDs in general. I have been searching for the answer to the question "how do I burn flawless, and highly compatible audio cd-rs?" for a long time, without much success. The main issues for me are which CD-Rs to use, and what speed to burn. I have tried quite a few CD-Rs for music including TDK, Philips, Sony, Verbatim, Verbatim Audio CD-Rs (which I later discovered WEREN'T called "Audio CD-Rs" because they were better for burning music, but because they were for use in HiFi Audio CD recorders only, oops) and of course, Taiyo Yuden.
Anyway, onto my strange problem, I have read that the best speed to burn CD-Rs at is the max, or close to what it is rated at, because burning more slowly may actually cause more problems. I have also read that you should burn as slow as possible. And, or course I have read that you should burn somewhere in between. If anyone out there can enlighten me as to which of these options is the best for music CDs, I would be very greatful.
So I burnt a CD on one of my new Taiyo Yudens (and yes there are official) at 4x. Unsurprisingly it skipped in my car CD player, which was frustrating, but not a major problem as it was half-expected. So I was playing it back here on my PC and it skipped in the same place. I have never noticed one of my burnt audio CDs skip on my PC before. So I check the original file on my PC - flawless. Bad burn I thought. So I try burning at the max (48x - which is what the CD-Rs are rated at), at this point I was beginning to believe that faster was better... But my second burn skipped in exactly the same place on my PC. This really got me! And just for good measure, a burn at 16x skipped at the same place as well. As I say, the original source file is perfect.
There are no marks or scratches on any of the CD-Rs. I really can't get my head round this. Does anyone have a clue how this can happen? Thanks