CD / DVD Replication (Manufacturing) vs. CD / DVD Duplication (Burning)

Understanding the difference between CD/DVD Replication (Manufacturing) and CD/DVD Duplication (Burning) is important from both a quality and cost perspective.

The process of CD duplication (CD burning / CD Writing), for which, the customer has to bear a very high cost includes the blank CD cost as well as the data burning cost. However, the same requirement can be fulfilled using the replication process where the CD itself is manufactured with data through a fully automated process. The replicated CD is also of much higher quality, lower price and is produced at 1000 discs per hour.

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CD / DVD Replication (Manufacturing)

CD / DVD Duplication (Burning)

  • Cost per unit is low (due to the high rate of production)
  • Cost per unit is high (due to the low rate of burning capacity)
  • Data is permanent and can be repeatedly played for over 10 years
  • Data is not permanent (could be as low as a few months)
  • Each replica is an exact clone of the original master (100% perfect CD with error rate
    < 0.01%)
  • Each burnt disc could have an error rate of up to 6%
  • High data quality with faster access as original data is stamped on each disc
  • Lower data quality as the original data is duplicated on each disc
  • Replicated DVDs can contain either 1 layer or
    more on either side of the disc
  • DVD-R can have only 1 layer of information
  • Our discs are printed with a 4-Colour print on
    body which lasts throughout the lifetime of the disc
  • Most discs are pasted with a label (sticker) on body which could damage the CD with time
  • Production rate - 1000 discs/hour
    Printing - 1500 discs/hour
  • Mostly limited to manual burning facilities
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