I think there are several other possible solutions for the Philips CDR870 which will make it record more reliably, although using the "proper" Music Disc and cleaning the laser lens with an appropriate lens cleaning CD, seem to be the best ideas. Also, try wiping the blank or partially blank CD using a lintless microfiber cloth from the center outward to remove smudges and fingerprints. Several "failed" discs miraculously recorded after wiping.
If you're willing to "go under the hood", (you;ll need a #10 Torx screwdiver to remove the cover screws), you might try gently vacuuming the inside of the unit, brushing components gently with a soft camel hair brush to dislodge any dust that has accumulated; then gently sucking it into the vacuum cleaner. Make sure you've disconnected power to the CDR870 first! Trying to reach the laser lens itself involves surgical like dis-assembly of the sub-chasis and technical skills way beyond those of the average techie. I strongly DO NOT advise it!
Another possible solution is to let the unit "warm up" for about a half hour prior to recording, this may "cook" some electronic parts, and maybe change an internal condition to reduce the "OPCFAIL" problem.
You might also try cycling through "Input Source" by repeatedly toggling the Input Button (19) from DIG COAXIAL - DIG OPTICAL - ANALOG. Sometimes this allows the electronics to "wake up". It also may help to be playing an actual input signal into the unit while trying this.
I, too, have had frustrations with the unit using several brands of consumer and professional grade CD's. Occasionally, I have been successful in getting the unit to record music onto CD-ROM Data Discs when it's not supposed to. I have recorded onto Maxell, Sony, TDK and Discmakers (professional) blanks with varying results. FYI Radio Shack now stocks Verbatim brand discs for Music Recording (about $10 for 25 pack). Make sure CD Recordable Discs say "Music" or "Digital Audio" on the outside wrappings. I am a professional recording engineer, and now plan to see if the manufacturer, Philips Consumer Electronics in KY, can help.
Good Luck with this problem, I'll keep watching this site for other solutions.
on Mar 14, 2014 | Philips CDR870 CD Recorder