Problem with CD Baby cds


Sorry if this is the wrong place to post.

I just received 6 cds ordered and manufactured, (apparently) by CD Baby.  I opened a couple and played them on my computer.  Worked well.  The next night I tried playing them on my system using my Cambridge Audio CD transport.  I got nothing but "error" messages.  The transport can not read the cds.

Any suggestions?  Comments?  I would like to keep the cds but obviously would like to be able to play them on my system.

Thanks in advance,

Bob
jzzmusician
Do you know if they are production CDs or was the music burned on to the surface?  I ask this because some players are not as friendly to burned CDs.

perhaps laser lens needs cleaning?
Bob,

are the CDs burned CD-r discs?

"I would like to keep the cds but obviously would like to be able to play them on my system."

They're probably not CD's. Look at the music files on your computer and see what type they are. If you see files like FLAC, MP-3, APE, etc..., they wont work with your player. What you need to do, is burn the files to a blank CD and tell your burning software that you want to make a music CD. These will play on your CD player. 

Took mgreen's suggestion and looked at the files.

The are all 1kb in size and use the file system "CDFS."

The laser lens is very clean and plays all my "regular" cds.

This seems very odd.

Bob
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/CDfs

A primer on CDFS, which I'd never heard of until your post. Best option would probably be to rip the files then burn them to a CD-R unless I am reading this wrong.

"A primer on CDFS, which I'd never heard of until your post. Best option would probably be to rip the files then burn them to a CD-R unless I am reading this wrong."

He's right. Try that next. But make sure you tell your burning software to make a music CD. That way your CD meets all Redbook standards, and it will be compatible.

If that doesn't work, try transcoding the files to something more common like FLAC or WAV. If you can get them to convert, you should have no problem burning the cd from the transcoded files. 


I have this problem a lot with older CD's and my Marantz; but I can always download them to WAV and put them on the playlist.

Hope that helps.
Thank you all for your suggestions.  Ripping the files and then burning them to a CD-R does the trick.

BUT.....  I'm the guy that likes to cruise through my cds.  I like to read liner notes.  And I sort of think that when buying a "cd" it ought to play on a decent transport.

Oh well...
I have exactly the same problem: some CDs just won't play. CDR copy plays fine, CDRW(!!) copy plays fine which means that the lens is clean (i opened the player and cleaned it with Zeiss lens cleaner anyway). 
Total mystery to me! But at least it is not CD Baby fault, at least not in my case
My only idea was that it is somehow related to copy-protection. Yesterday I got (I think) proof that it is not copy-protection either. 
We may never find what causes the problem, but since misery loves company, it's nice to know that we have plenty company; just kidding.
@orpheus10 it does sound comforting that I am not the only one! Any search for Wadia players returns a lot of misery! I am not alone!!! ;-(
I still want to get to the bottom of these unplayable CDs, so when my son was visiting us over the weekend I put him to work! Using his Linux running laptop he discovered that all of my unplayable CDs (total of two!) have more than 800MB of info written onto them! Using Nero I can make a copy of these discs on 800MB/70min CD-R (and they play fine) but if you want to get a bit-to-bit perfect copy you just can not. I will buy CD-R blanks for 900MB for his next visit to see what happens. Will report then. 
Why would Naim CDS3, CDX, and all of my Discmans would play these discs and Wadia won't?  Maybe folks at Wadia are not as smart as I want to believe!?! Wadia does sound magical, and beats Ayre, Krell and McIntosh on SACDs (but thats a common knowledge),... canNot beat CDS3 on CDs (but who can?!!?)

I have a top tier Marantz SACD player that I quit trying to figure out "Why"? and just down load the disc to the PC. Be sure and let us all know when you find out "Why"?


Enjoy the music.
Keep me posted- All.

in the past, I have bought CDs from CD Baby and never had a problem.
Has CDB reduced themselves to selling burned computer files on a compact disc (CD)?
Happy Listening!
Update:

I originally made two separate orders from CD Baby.  The first order with two cds were the ones that were CDFS files.  The second order with 4 cds were fine and played like a normal cd. 

I'm thinking now I will have to send a message to ask what file format used for future orders.

Bob
Odd and interesting- Bob.

keep me posted and Happy Listening!
I wonder if ITunes does the same thing?

iTunes.