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"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.
"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 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.
@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?!!?)