Some CD players will play CD-Rs. There are several
variables to consider.
First and foremost, I make back-up copies of some of
my CDs and they play just great in my Corvette's CD player;
as well as my two home players - a two year old Teac in
my bedroom system and a soon to be traded Cyrus Mission
player in my main system.
I record my discs on a commercial grade CD recorder -
a Marantz CDR500 - in real time. I also use top of the line
CD-R discs - usually high end discs from Imation, Sony, or
TDK. I NEVER use those cheapie "bulk" type discs - the 50
for $25.00 ones. They are all junk!
I would be willing to bet that any CD-Rs that don't
seem to play in a conventional CD player have at least one
of the following traits: 1) Were recorded on a computer
CD-R drive. 2) Were recorded at a speed two or more times
faster than play speed. 3) Were recorded on cheapie discs.
4) Recorded on a heavily used CD-R drive that has never
Hope these hints are of some help. By the way - some
of the lower end commercial CD-R recorders are only a few
hundred bucks more than most consumer models, ignore the
SCMS copy code, and usually have better build and warranties.