Originally Posted by GuitarWizard
2) Burnt downloaded cds sound like hell, maybe its because I have 100% relative pitch, and very good perfect pitch, but every burnt cd I have EVER heard sounds sharp, and digital. I can't even stand to listen to burnt discs.
this is totally off topic but you need to get yourself a new CD player.
Like Sony CDXP670 or something that has "CDR/CDRW compatible" on it.
CD's have most of the info on them doubled and sometimes trippled and the laser pickup mechanism tries to get all this info on the first pass.
Then an internal processor puts all the info in this formula and works out whether you have enough info to produce the sound, if not the formula fills up the gaps and the music keeps playing.
Acording to Philips/Sony CDDA standard a CD should still be readable/playable even after you drill a 2.5mm hole in it as long as that hole is not on the TOC tracks.
The more info needs to be "filled in" the worst the outcome and the vast majority of CD players produced 1-2 years ago have lasers pickups that are not sensitive enough to pick up enough data of a CDR to make it sound decent.
Just get yourself a new CD player and then A/B your favourite CD with a CDR copy of it and see what you think.
For better effects get someone else to do it and you sit infront blindfolded and listen.
I have done this to all the people who live close to me and claim they can tell appart mp3's and CD's /CDR's and original CD's - noone could.
Results were more like 50:50 which is like guessing.
I can guess too but at least I don't go around saying"I can tell them appart every time".