TDK CD-R discs - just rubbish ?

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Hi, burnt some music to a JVC CD-R and it plays fine on my Denon, then opened up a new pack of TDK CD-R and recorded some more but this won't play, checked and it plays ok on the laptop, all settings are identical when burning.   They say made in India on them and didn't cost much, is it just a case of TDK being rubbish nowadays?   Any recommendations before I go in search of more JVC

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  • Neil_JonesNeil_Jones Forumite
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    Technically speaking all CD-Rs are not "proper" disks compared to "professional" disks (they're not as shiny on the data side as a "real" disk would be), so the Denon is within its rights not to be able to play them.
    This issue can sometimes be resolved by burning at a slower speed, but its more likely you've just got a bad batch or disk.  CD-Rs are manufactured in bulk and they're dirt cheap to buy and even cheaper to make.  You're going to get bad ones bundled in on occasion regardless of the brand, but you'll never know until you use it.
  • November2November2 Forumite
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    Hi, thanks for reply.  Just tried burning another TDK with same result, have checked a few Sony I recorded previously and they play ok so looks like my Denon doesn't like these TDK.    
  • JJ_EganJJ_Egan Forumite
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    Dont know as its years since i bought discs .
    Opinion then was to buy discs made in Japan or Taiwan
  • John_GrayJohn_Gray Forumite
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    Anomalous results from reading / writing CDs on different machines were frequently reported in the days when CDs were popular.  The same applied to 3½" diskettes, even further back in time.  :'(
  • RichardD1970RichardD1970 Forumite
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    Cor, burning music to CDs, that takes me back.  :)
  • A._BadgerA._Badger Forumite
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    Yes, TDK is a brand that has been thoroughly and cynically trashed. You may well find that your JVCs are Japanese made by Taiyo Yuden as JVC bought that brand some while ago. Whether current JVCs are still made by that producer, I can't say as I haven;t been able ti find any for a while. Taiyo Yuden was probably the world's best blank disc maker, so if you can find any old stock anywhere (either bearing their own label label or JVC's) snap them up.  
  • renegadefmrenegadefm Forumite
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    Cor, burning music to CDs, that takes me back.  :)
    I still prefer using cds personally compared to putting mp3s on a usb for example. 
  • renegadefmrenegadefm Forumite
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    Back in the day when I used to use cassettes for recording music to, they used to say TDK was the best,  next to Sony.  Personally I prefered Sony. 
    And I have to say I have never had a problem with TDK cdrs. In fact when they first brought out cd recorder machines TDK were the first company or only company that made proper audio cds to work in the cd recorder machines. I remember thinking I couldn't wait to get one back in the mid 90's I think. 
  • A._BadgerA._Badger Forumite
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    Back in the day when I used to use cassettes for recording music to, they used to say TDK was the best,  next to Sony.  Personally I prefered Sony. 
    And I have to say I have never had a problem with TDK cdrs. In fact when they first brought out cd recorder machines TDK were the first company or only company that made proper audio cds to work in the cd recorder machines. I remember thinking I couldn't wait to get one back in the mid 90's I think. 
    Back in the day, TDK pretty much led the field with cassette tape technology and was a highly respected brand. Today, the TDK brand name is licensed to what was once called Imation (and before that 3Ms). The US holding company that currently sells TDK discs also owns the once famous Memorex name. TDK, Imation, Memorex - personally, I wouldn't buy any of them Having said that, as optical storage becomes less popular, the choice is becoming limited, especially if you are looking for reliable media. .  . 
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