cd recorders

Alright ladies and gentlemen, I turn to you for help. I own a CD recorder; a free-standing one, not in a computer or anything. It’s a Phillips-Magnavox, if that helps. Anyway, I’m having a hell of a hard time finding recordable CDs that work in this thing. Maxell works, and so does TDK, but why not all of them? What is different about certain blank CDs that determines whether or not it will work? I heard something about the speed of the recorder, but never got any details about that. If anybody can tell me what I’m supposed to be looking for when I go to buy blank CDs, it would be GREATLY appreciated. Thanks…

A few factors may come into play here:

  1. Recording speed. Try recording at a slower speed and see if the problem disappears.

  2. The color of the recording layer. As you probably know already, recordable CDs come in several different colors: blue, silver, gold, green, etc… Sometimes, certain recorders have a tough time recording CDs that are a certain color. Of the CDs that failed, are they all the same color?

  3. Transparency of the CD. If the recording layer is too transparent, the recording laser may not be able to create a legible “imprint” on the CD. This might be tough to judge, especially on CDs that have an inkjet-printable surface.

Hope this helps!