Santa Fe police Captain Gary Johnson says the CD players had been set to go off at 12:20 pm Wednesday during Mass in the Cathedral Basilica of Saint Francis.
Johnson says the recordings were full of foul language and pornographic messages.
Cathedral staff members removed the CD players, took them to the basement and called police. Church officials say churchgoers were not evacuated.
Johnson says the police bomb squad destroyed two of the players.
Officers saved the third CD player after realizing the devices did not have explosives. It will be analyzed for evidence.
The Associated Press.