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Omega CD Players Vs Copied Discs
« on: 15 March 2011, 22:46:32 »

Many of you will ask the question about the problems associated with playing copied discs, and the resultant straining and premature burning out of any optical device (laser) as a result of using non-compatible discs, and then there will always be a flood of people who will reply that they can play copied discs and have achieved different results with different recording speeds etc etc

OK, lets put this one firmly to bed.

There are many formats of disc that all look similar, CD, SA-CD, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-T, VCD, DVD to name but a few. They are all very different in the way that they work, and although everybody accepts that a  DVD will not play in a CD player, people refuse to apply the same logic across the other formats.

Even though some of the radio instructions manuals clearly state . . . . .

"The CD changer does not support the playback of rewritable (CD-RW) discs. When using self-recorded audio discs (CD-R)playback errors may occur depending on the quality and surface of the CD-R used.
(Page 32 of instruction manual for NCDC 2011,2013 & 2015)"

. . . . It still gets ignored.

The Omega was designed to play one format of CD and one format ONLY. And if your disc shows this label on it, then it should be a compatible disc and is designed to be played.

It was never designed to play the discs that came out for the computer though, as unlike audio tracks, they much smaller pits and troughs to record the data, and although you may initially get away with playing these, the laser will struggle to focus and burn itself out fairly quickly. Imagine how knackered your eyesight would be if you constantly had to squint at something that you couldn't quite see clearly. If your disc has this label, it is NOT compatible and you should not use it.

The Re-Writable format widely used nowadays wasn't even commercially available when the Omega CD player was designed, so there is no way that it could be deemed or designed as compatible, and the data written to the disc is even smaller, meaning that laser deterioration can actually be measured whilst playing these discs. If your CD has this label, then kiss goodbye to the stereo if you continue to play them at all, let alone for any length of time.

Another thing to remember is that a laser is a costly item to replace, and with Philips Ceasing trading around 2001, and Blaupunkt Ceasing around 2009, spare parts are getting exceptionally hard to source - so look after the one you have.


« Last Edit: 16 March 2011, 12:50:24 by jimbob »
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