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    Poor Quality Burned CDs (Windows XP Pro)

    Hello,

    Please excuse this newbie question. I just got a new computer running XP Pro with a CD burner. I was looking forward to ripping some of my favorite Christmas songs off of various CDs and then burning them onto a single disc to use at home and in the car. Unfortunately, using both Windows Media Player and the Musicmatch Jukebox that came with my system, I am getting poor quality CDs. I'm using Memorex CD-RWs and burning at 4X.

    The best way that I can describe the sound from the burned CD is to say that it sounds remarkably similar to listen to an LP. It's scratchy on every player that I've tried....home, car, home computer, and work computer.

    Any help would be greatly appreciated and help to make my Christmas season bright! Thanks!

    Kyle Farmer

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    Re: Poor Quality Burned CDs (Windows XP Pro)

    Unfortunately, you did not mention which kind of CD you burned - regular audio CD or MP3 data disk. Sound tracks on regular audio CD technically are WAV audio files - excellent quality (1411 kbps) but huge: that's why you could not put more than 80 minutes of music on regular CD.

    If you burned data CD with MP3 files (or WMA files), everything depends which sound quality did you choose. In MusicMatch Jukebox (v.8) from Options menu, select Settings and click Recorder tab. Then from Recording Format drop-down list choose MP3 and select quality - CD (128 kbps) or even Custom (up to 320 kbps). In Windows Media Player (v.10), from Tools menu select Options and click Rip Music tab. Then from Format drop-down list select MP3 (WAV format is unavailable) and choose quality - from 128 to 320 kbps. Data CD can contain up to 10 hours of music or more, depending of quality (better quality - less longer).

    To burn regular audio CD, you must use third-party CD recording program, as Roxio Easy Media Creator or Nero Burning ROM (Windows native CD burning program lacks such capability). MusicMatch Jukebox retail version can burn regular audio CDs from WAV files, but on OEM versions (which probably came with your new computer) this option is usually blocked - user is prompted to buy full version to unblock it.

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    Re: Poor Quality Burned CDs (Windows XP Pro)

    I'm not a CD-burning expert, and I do my burning using Roxio, but my understanding is:

    1. You can burn a regular audio CD with Windows Media Player 10 (and I think that was true of WMP 9 as well).

    2. If you use a CD-RW disc instead of a CD-R disc, many (if not most) ordinary CD players will have trouble reading the disc. My guess is that was your mistake.

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    Re: Poor Quality Burned CDs (Windows XP Pro)

    A side issue: Even after you've switched to using CD-R discs, you may be wise to continue burning at slow speeds. Based on very limited (I admit) initial experimentation, it seemed to me that slower-burned audio CDs skipped less in my car CD player when I was on rough pavement, so I've been slow-burning my music CDs ever since.

    But even slow-burned CDs skip more readily than commercial (i.e., non-home-burned) audio CDs when things get bumpy.

    I'm guessing slower burn speeds means a more definite "burn" of the data, and that this might also mean the disc will last longer before it "fades," but guessing is really all I'm doing on that issue. (As I understand it, home-burned CDs aren't expected to last as long as commercial CDs, although I understand expert estimates of their expected life vary widely, and nobody really knows at this point.)

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    Re: Poor Quality Burned CDs (Windows XP Pro)

    At the risk of stating the obvious, I'd also suggest checking the original CD. In my experience, a dirty CD can give you problems ripping and burning. Similarly, some spotless CD's give me a problem when I try to rip MP3s, apparently because of the original medium, not from anything I did or didn't do.

    I generally use MusicMatch (the bought-and-paid-for version) to rip audio CDs. It has a setting that allows one to burn in "analog" mode, which MusicMatch switches to when it's having problems reading the CD. This approach is loosely analogous to recording from your stereo system, complete with skips and stutters. I was similarly chagrined when a CD I made for a long car trip contained a Molly Hatchet version of "Dreams I'll Never See" (OK, so I'm not far from mountain folk!) that sounded like I recorded it from an old 78 rpm record.
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    Re: Poor Quality Burned CDs (Windows XP Pro)

    First, let me welcome you to the Lounge. <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>

    Your question is not one that needs excusing. It seems that you have the basics down and just need to fine tune your technique a bit. As was mentioned by Steve in the earlier post, I believe your problem is the CD-RW disks. You need to be using CD-R disks to make audio CDs to use in your car and home systems. They are also much cheaper !!! I also use a 3rd party burning program (Nero) but it is not necessary. I've had excellent results with the native CD burning program that is part of XP. Using Windows Explorer, drag the 12-16 songs you want on your CD to your CD-RW drive and then click on balloon that pops up at the bottom right of your screen and select "Burn these files to CD" from the menu on the right of the window. Follow the prompts and that should do it. HTH <img src=/S/smile.gif border=0 alt=smile width=15 height=15>
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