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In Reply to: RE: CD-R Burn Quality and Laser Noise During Playback posted by Todd Krieger on May 25, 2017 at 03:19:14
The CD-R copy produced with "Burrrn" and the LG GGC-H20L was more reliable than other CD-R copies I tried, but still not to the level of commercial CDs in my finicky player..... Now if I can get the Sound Forge Pro 11 back working after it prematurely "expired". (Tech support is looking at this.)
I finally got a CD-R copy that played all the way through in "shuffle" mode on my finicky player.....
Now this might sound like sacrilege, but the successful disc was burned with Microsoft's Windows Media Player 12 burn software, of all things...... This happened to be a shot in the dark, after failing to get a good disc with the reputable Sound Forge Pro 11 trial.
The "slow" speed setting seemed to burn at 16x, which was what I used with other software. The finished disc was the "quietest" playing in the player, just edging out the one which I used "Burrrn"....
Once again, I now think the absence of "laser noise" during playback is an indicator of how reliable a CD-R recording will play.
All of those people who have gone to so much trouble to make copies of their commercial disks since they "sounded better" ... I remember reading people making copies of copies swearing they were getting better sound with each generation.
Luckily I am too cheap to do that.
But it does bring up the subject of digital noise which one does have to learn to listen for.
Could it be people perceived a "better" sound quality but were oblivious to the added noise? I guess these two parameters can be assessed separately? Especially if you are ignoring one of them.
So why are you making copies?
"So why are you making copies?"
Mainly for compilation CDs. I also have a few old CDs that don't play well.
People also ask me why I still play CDs. It's still the best-sounding digital audio medium, to my ears, that I've encountered.
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