- "Disc rot" is the result of poor manufacturing and includes the breakdown/infiltration of layers on a CD (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Disc_rot).
- Visually "disc rot" can be seen as splotches, pinholes, and the disc being transparent.
- Audibly "disc rot" can be heard as static/audio distortion or skipping even on a scratch-free disc.
- Cd's suffering from "disc rot" may not play in some players and/or may not rip to a computer.
- Many DeGarmo & Key albums released on Powerdiscs (originals) suffer from "disc rot," commonly the D&K album, but not limited to just that one (personally I've also experienced "disc rot" on Communication too). Some of the Forefront reissues suffer from "disc rot" as well, commonly the No Turning Back Live album, but not limited to just that one (personally I've also experienced "disc rot" with Straight On too.) To date I've not experienced any "disc rot" on any of the Benson releases (Go to the Top & later)
Be aware of this issue when purchasing a DeGarmo & Key cd. Even if the seller has tested the CD for readability and/or playback, keep in mind it could still have audio distortion, playback, or ripping issues that went unnoticed. Always make sure to test all aspects of the disc including a visual inspection. This deterioration cannot be stopped or reversed. Once "disc rot" sets in it renders the cd permanently defective.