Modern CD Duplication And Print Techniques

In the early days of the CD-R reliability was sometimes an issue but with modern CD duplication and print techniques reliability is now closer to replication quality. The latest CD-R media is far more reliable with high quality surfaces specifically for colour thermal print and diamond silver underside which also gives the appearance of a replicated disc.

Modern manufacturing processes for CD-R have resulted in superior audio specific discs that have extremely low error rates if burnt suitably. Errors can occur from poor media but also from poor CD-R burning techniques. For the most reliable CD duplication it is important to use the highest quality media but also use high quality CD writers that have firmware compatible to the exact CD-R or DVD-R being used. Incompatible firmware or faulty drives can cause disc burn errors.

If high quality media and stringent duplication techniques are adhered to then these duplicated discs can perform as well as factory glass mastered and pressed discs. Also with modern full colour thermal printers a fantastic surface print can now be achieved and again this is very close to the quality of full colour offset litho or screenprinted CD’s. So in conclusion can a duplicated disc be deemed as good a quality as a replicated disc? The answer is yes short term, however a replicated (pressed) disc will in general have a longer lifespan of reliability.

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