Lets try this again
This is the new build:
PLEASE be fare warned that I take no responsibility in what CDR media does to your system. Play it at your own risk.
If you’re a original Duo owner (black model, US or JP), you need to be aware of the “laser parking” issue. While I’ve never seen it happen for a tiny two track setup like this, it doesn’t mean it can’t happen. On the original Duo models, sometimes the laser seeks all the way to the end of the track and past it. It can get stuck there and you have to finger/rotate the gear/track mechanism to get it unstuck. People have theories as to why, but no one knows for sure what the exact problem is. From what I tested years back, media played a very big part. But it wasn’t a single factor. Burn speed (and crappy burners), which is relative and you can’t just applied it to any other brands/models, was an influencing factor too. Burning too fast causes the ‘pit’ edges to become sloppy. This throws off old CD laser as they have a tougher time trying to read them. Certain media don’t reflect enough are just barely adequate for these old CD laser, so you get random failures or skipping(audio) when reading. Others have speculated that if the original Duo laser unit is already on it’s way out, you’re more likely to have the laser parking issue. I can’t really say if that’s true or not, but when I did my tests I didn’t have a brand new out of the box Duo to test with.
The best CD unit that I’ve tested, is the SuperCDROM. That thing is a beast. The original CD, is probably a small step above an original Duo without a new laser replacement. I’ve never tested the later model Duo-Rs, but I’ve heard good things about them. But of all the system, it’s the original Duos that have the laser parking issue. That’s more serious than a simple read or skip issue. Please be aware of it. If you’ve had a new laser replacement for the Duo, I heard this gets rid of the problem.