Loren, thanks for looking more into the .iso format. Perhaps I'm not as idealistic about it as I was before. It's frustrating that there is a standard and yet companies don't adhere to it even when they use that "standard".
Yeah, I just recently talked to a friend of mine about this and he said 1-2x isn't ideal anymore with newer burners. Seems there's a consensus on that one. But, I've never heard my music "blurred" from a cd-r. I've never heard any "jittering" either. It's not to say I haven't any problems with cdr-s, but in the twelve years I've burned music on a cd-r I've never heard anything like that. Yeah, Taiyo Yudens are indeed the best cdr-s as far as overall reliability. But, as far sound quality goes, I can't see how it would make a difference. I could see how the quality of the burn would affect playback of the cd-r, but not the sound quality.