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Clever opening line to your post! LOL.
A minor point first: I believe that should be CDR-W1500, not DCR-W1500.
I'm not 100% certain, but I believe the reason the unit won't work with cd-r's that are not designated as being for audio is NOT due to any speed issues. I believe the reason is that built into the cost of the audio-designated cd-r's is a royalty provision intended to compensate the recording industry for the monetary losses which they presume each copy results in. And to enforce that provision, cd recorders (as opposed to computers) are designed to work only with disks that indicate to the recorder that they have that designation.
My suspicion is therefore that current disks that may have higher speed ratings than those which existed when the machine was designed will work fine, as long as they are designated as being for music/audio.
I should have made myself clear about the speed issue.I have
blanks that say for up 32X speed.I believe they are supposed
work on your Denon,which will go up to 2X speed.Coping vinyl
to CD will naturally have to be 1X.But coping a CD to CD seems
to work best at 1X copy speed.2X CD to CD seems to get by,but
may skip on some CD players playback.The 32X,48X,blanks are supposed
to work.I have a (video) Panasonic DVD recorder that takes any
speed blank like its supposed to,but my Samsung will only take
4X blanks.If I try 8X-16X disc,it won't work.Samsung goofed up buiding it.The main thing is using the for "MUSIC" disc's for CD music recorders.