Making Right Decision For CD Duplication

When considering CD Duplication services there are several different options to consider to ensure you make the right decision. First of all what quantity do you require? If you require less than 500 discs then CD duplication is usually the preferable option although once you require 450 or above CD replication is usually going to be a better option. Duplicated discs are discs that have the data burnt onto the CD-R in a similar way to how you burn or write a CD in your computers DVD writer. Replicated discs are discs that are manufactured with the data already embedded or pressed into the disc itself.

The next factor to consider is how quickly do you need the discs. If you are working to extremely tight deadlines then CD duplication will normally be the only option. 500 duplicate CD’s can be burnt in a 24 hour period depending on the companies capacity. You could theoretically use this fast turnaround duplication to produce a run of 1000 or more discs however costs would be a lot higher than using replication. For orders of 450+ discs replication does work out cheaper per unit however leadtime is going to be around 7 days or 10 days if the order includes packaging and printed paper parts.

Another factor is what the CD’s are being used for. If the CD is an album release to full retail standard then replication will always give a more professional product. We are often asked if audio on a duplicated disc sounds any different in quality to audio on a replicated disc and the answer is no. However if you were to store each album for a long period, let’s say 20 years. After this time period a replicated disc would still play exactly the same but there is a chance a duplicated disc may not play at all after such a long time. This is due to the fact that duplication relies on a photo sensitive dye within the plastic that holds the information. These dyes can deteriorate with time, especially if exposed to UV light or sunlight. So if you need a long “shelf life” for your discs always go for replication. If however the data you need to distribute is for short term use then duplicated discs are always going to be a more cost effective solution for smaller order quantities.

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