CD Duplication Vs. CD Replication: Which Service is Right for You?

If you are looking for a CD duplication or CD replication service to have more copies of your project produced, you should know the difference between the CD duplication process and the CD replication process.

This guide will attempt to answer your questions about CD duplication and CD replication, and explain to you each process so that you can make an informed decision about which service to use. You may utilize both CD duplication and CD replication for:

  • A music album that you’ve produced and want to mass market
  • A digital portfolio of your work as a writer or photographer
  • A public relations package that you plan to send out to a number of your clients
  • An informative DVD that you are going to sell and ship to your customers

There are many reasons to get your CD professionally duplicated or replicated. Most importantly, though, you want a finished product that will reflect your level of professionalism. A cheaply burnt CD will not make the same impact on your audience as a professionally duplicated or replicated one.

CD Duplication

This process is generally used for manufacturing smaller numbers of CD’s or DVD’s. This service typically uses CD-R’s and DVD-R’s. Much like your CD burner at home, CD duplicators use a master copy of your CD, analyze the data and extract it, and transfer it to a number of blank CD’s. If you want hundreds of copies of your CD or DVD, this process may be the way to go. Sitting by your computer and attempting to make hundreds of copies of your disc will take a long time and is usually not worth the effort. Plus, a professional CD duplication service will produce more reliable copies of your CD’s than any at-home burner can. In some cases this process is also used to manufacture large quantities of CD’s or DVD’s.

CD Replication
This process is usually used for mass production of CD’s or DVD’s. For those who want over 1000 copies of their work, CD replication may be the way to go. Instead of utilizing CD-R’s or DVD-R’s, CD replication services make what is called a “glass master” of your CD or DVD. The data from this master is then injected onto a foil, which is layered in polycarbonate plastic for protection. The CD is then lacquered and packaged.

This process is generally more expensive than CD duplication, although CD replication will almost always guarantee that your CD’s can be played in any CD player on the market, since there are still some CD players out there (although few) that are not able to read the CD-R’s used by CD duplication services. On orders of over 1000, though, the cost per CD is generally more affordable.

So Should I Choose CD Duplication or CD Replication?

The answer to that is: it depends. Both CD duplication and CD replication have their advantages and disadvantages. Before deciding on which service to use, ask yourself these questions:

  • How large is my audience? How many copies do I need?
  • Will my CD contents become outdated? If so, how soon will I have to produce a new CD?
  • Will my CD be opened on a computer or listened to on a stereo? Note: Most computers will read duplicated CD-R’s, but not all stereos will play them.

Now that you know more about CD duplication vs. CD replication, you are ready to make your decision as to which service is right for your project. Whether you choose CD duplication or CD replication, you should know that both processes produce CD’s of equal quality. The difference is in the process, price, and compatibility.

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