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I know everyone is going digital these days, and I do use streaming music services, but I am wedded to my CDs and have no intention of getting rid of them.

My question is about CD players and their built-in error correction facility. I seem to remember that when CDs were first produced, one of the selling points was their longevity and how most CDs could ignore any surface scratches and still play the CDs. I have a Cambridge Audio CD player, which I've now owned for around 10 years. Recently it has refused to play certain CDs, even when I can't see any scratches on them, though it's a bit temperamental (sometimes it will, sometimes it won't) probably meaning that the error correction facility has stopped working.

Modern CD players don't seem to be as good as old ones and indeed I remember that when I purchased this one, it was a replacement for a model that didn't support gapless playback. Nothing in the technical specs prepared me for that and none of the specs for many of the CD players I am looking at now say anything about error correction. I can't afford anything high end. Does anyone have any suggestions?
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Error correction is standard for all CD's, as specified by Red Book. I did have a CD that was longer than normal length, that an old player wasn't able to load. Also I have a Samsung player that is extremely shallow, and CD's with a rib would get caught between the tray when the tray is being closed. But these are rare exceptions. Try bringing a CD you say won't play and test it out in the shop which you plan to buy from as a demo. It's possible the CD was destroyed by light (which I had before, from leaving on the car dashboard).

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I burned CD-R's over 20 years ago that still play without issues. I do always burn at the lowest writing rate.
Yes, from my experience the ones at higher speeds tend to have problems usually later on on the disc. I also have some CD-Rs from over 20 years ago.
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