I've recorded hundreds of audio CDs (under a Canadian license), and whenever
we switch brands, we test playback compatibility in a variety of playback
units. The two toughest decks to get a CDR to play back on are a Panasonic
Shockwave portable with anti-skip turned on, and an old Kenwood car deck.
Generic, el-cheapo silver/blue CDRs will not play in either deck (in fact
they have a tough time playing in most decks).
Verbatim silver/blue CDRs will play back in ANYTHING.
Mid-range BASF (gold OR silver/blue) will play back in the Panasonic
portable, but not in the Kenwood car deck. They are great in all other
Generic, el-cheapo gold CDRs will play back in ANYTHING.
So my questions are:
1) Don't all CD-Rs have to meet the same technical specs?
2) Is there a reason to pay twice the price for a Verbatim when the generic
gold seems to perform as well??
Thanks for any info.