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imageWhat is the difference between a duplicated and a replicated disc?


Disc duplication and replication are two totally different processes. With disc duplication, we start with recordable CDs (CD-Rs). The CD-Rs are printed on a dye sub printer, similar to a printer connected to your computer.


Then the CD-Rs are recorded in CD recorders similar to the one you have connected to your computer. With disc replication the disc does not start as a CD-R. We take the CD-R that you furnished us and from it we cut a glass master. The glass master has pits etched in it that contain the data. A nickel stamper, or mold, is made of the glass master. Then an injection molding machine presses, or molds, your discs with the data on them from the pits in the stamper. These discs are then silk screen printed on a two color silk screen press.


The CDs you buy in a record store (for example major artisst on labels like Arista or RCA) are replicated discs. The main advantage of replicated discs is that they are always of better quality than duplicated discs, and in quantities greater than 300 they are less expensive. The main disadvantage of replicated discs is that the minimum quantity is 300. The main advantage of duplicated discs is the minimum quantity is 10, and they can be done in a week or less. Replicated discs take three to four weeks to complete.


To summarize, if you need a few discs fast, duplicated CDs are the way to go. If you can use 300 or more, replicated discs are of better quality and cost less.