I’ve been on a mad CD buying spree over the past few weeks, buying up a lot of CDs that I only had digitally (call me old fashioned, but I think CDs sound much better than MP3s, or whatever format the files are in). It’s caused problems re storage and with the missus, when 10 packages arrived one day. The explanation that they were only costing a couple of quid each fell on deaf ears.
Anyway, most play okay, but a few have jumped or stuck. There is a small amount of damage to these discs, but the sellers were insistent that they played okay on their machines. Then today I received one that cos a fair bit more than a couple of quid, but it’s one I’ve been after for ages, Mickey Mouse Operation by Little People. As soon as I saw the surface marks I feared the worse, although there are only a few marks. Sure enough, it didn’t even reach the end of track one before it started jumping around. I do realise that a lot of the music I listen to sounds like the needle (or laser) is going backwards and forwards, but it was really disappointing that this one jumped, as it wasn’t cheap, but was around half the price they usually go for.
But then I remembered that I had bought my daughter a cheap CD player/radio a few years ago that she never uses. And guess what, it plays perfectly on that one!! Reading online, it seems that it’s a common issue that CDs will play perfectly in cars or on cheap players, whilst on better players they are prone to skipping with the most minor damage. This sounds ridiculous though.
Has anybody else come across this? If so, what did you do? I suspect selling the CD player and buying another one is the answer. It’s a Marantz CD6005, so nothing too fancy.