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Old 01-31-2009, 03:31 PM
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Question Fact or Fiction ?

CDR, CDRW (burnt cd's) wear out the cd player laser faster than normal cd's ?

Fact or Fiction ? Why ?

I ask cuz I wanna save my Alpine 7909 from premature wear.
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Old 01-31-2009, 04:01 PM
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I've never heard of that before ... I'm not sure why either since both seem relatively the same to me ... CD-R's are obviously the more disposable ones but ...

I'll wait to see what's said on this.

I'd like to know what Alpine or Kenwood says on the matter, that would be interesting .. or even Memorex, the actual CD company themselves.
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I use quality cdr's (maxell) and burn them at 16x.
I also read that the older 1995-1999 Alpines cd players dont read cdr's very well though.

btw, the video I posted is playing cdr.

http://ca.youtube.com/watch?v=OzFAtTqBg1s
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Old 01-31-2009, 05:08 PM
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yes. it is true.burnt cd's read harder.their for burning out the EYE faster.its how it reads the stream lines.
i do allot of DVD burning and its cost me a ps2.and a few head units over the years.

worst problem now is that most head units continue to play the cd even if your listening to the radio.DONT keep cd/dvd's in the player at all times.

PS.buring a cd/dvd at full speed will result in glitches and jumpy play back.this is easily noticed with video burning.
a 16x burnable is best to be burned at 8x to 12x.

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Old 01-31-2009, 10:36 PM
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heres a duscussion I found on the subject.

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f33/i-want-burn-cds-1x-2x-201192/
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i've heard this is true, but i would assume that newer model cd players have lasers that last longer than normal ones, but at the same time i've been listening to burnt cds since i was 14(2000) and i can't say i've had a cd player fail because the laser died, and i used to go everywhere with a cd until 2006. the only time i changed cd players was because i dropped my and the lid broke off and when i put it back on the cd's would spin off axis and scratch themselves.

oh and the thing about burning at slower speeds is true. my turntables are the numark cdx's and sometimes the info the display is wrong or it just wouldn't read, so i try to make all my songs between 128 and 192 kbps and burn at 4x

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A 6-8 year old cd player is not a 20 year old player...
The newer decks were made to read cdr's, MP3's, etc etc..
Back in 1989, there were no cdr's....so the lasers were not really meant to read cdr's, AFAIK...

What speed do you burn at ?
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Why does the speed at which you burn a CD make a difference?

Read this

http://www.soundonsound.com/sos/nov04/articles/qa1104-3.htm
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very interesting
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i don't know how old this unit is, but if you're gonna use a 20 year old cd player then i would suggest keeping it old school and buying cd's. i know the first portable cd player my dad gave me was a 6lb jvc unit, and that thing never read cdrs, and i think that was from like 91 or something, so even if you have a unit that old and it did read burnt cds i wouldn't recommend using them, and i really doubt the burn speed would help at all. as for now, if its for my turntable cd player i burn at 4X, but for my van i burn at 32 or 40x depending on what i left it at the time before. i use real player, it does the trick with pretty much no fuss and little to no muss, but burning at slower speeds helps to prevent blips and skips in the songs

ok i just found a picture of this deck, and it says its from 97, and it says compact disc player...my dad has a cd player from like 86, that jvc unit was from the early 90's and this is from 97, but they all say "compact disc player" which in my head translates to old, so i would offer this bit of advice, if it doesn't specify cd-r/cd-rw playback compatibility then it probably isn't the best idea to put a burnt cd in there, whether it works or not, for the laser's sake
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