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PostPosted: Sat Mar 14, 2009 5:06 am 
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As stated above, what are the best or preferred brands of blank computer discs for recording audio only? I'm currently using Memorex Black discs, but this spindle is easly 3 years old and running out. I've heard Ridata is very good, but please share your input.

Also experimenting with format and bit rates to try and improve audio quality, and currently I'm using WMA Lossless. Anything else I should be looking at that doesn't cost an arm and a leg to purchase? This is for making copies of my currently owned CD's only so I'm loading onto my hard drive, then burning to disc.

Computers are not my thing, so take it easy on the techno-talk please! :lol:jj

Saw the post below from another site:

Use:

Taiyo Yuden
Tybotech (taiyo yuden with 3/4 label)
Philips Silver premium or Gold Rainbow (not as good as premium silver)
TDK
Verbatim
Siemens

Best option if money doesnt matter:
Philips Premium Silver (good protection layer on top)

Cheapest but very very good:
Taiyo Yuden / Tybotech (burned 1000's of them without any problems, no unreadable sectors after a few months like all the cd's from Ritek (arita, philips multipurpose etc) and Acer/Fuji/Kodak


How are these?

https://www.blankmedia.ca/proddetail3.asp?id=1136


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Plextor recommend Verbatim, among others, and since they are cheap enough to throw away, I use them. Out of 3-100 lot spools, better than 99% have burned successfully at 52x. That's good enough for me. I get them at Office Depot when they're on special.

I've tried the Kodak silver/gold as well but with only about 95% success, which wasn't good enough. I use them for needle dropping, but when it comes to cd ripping, I've found it's the ripper that makes the difference, sonically.

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And do you use Exact Copy for ripping?


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Mike Smith wrote:
And do you use Exact Copy for ripping?

EAC, yes.

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I use Taiyo Yuden for my daily stuff and MAM-A Gold for the archive and audiophile recordings.

I tried an experiment with music CD-Rs, copying a WAV file at 4X to Taiyo Yuden in my internal DVD-R ( its slowest speed ) and at 1X first to Taiyou Yuden and then to MAM-A Gold, in my external Panasonic CD burner. They performed sonically in that order from worst to best: 4X TY, 1X TY and 1X MAM-A.


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Hi Toby:
Do you use the standard or the archival MAM gold?

And Ripblade, is EAC for making mp3's only, or can I copy favorite songs from my original CD's and then make a composite CD that will sound almost identical to the original on my Cary 308T cd player?

Currently I rip and burn all my cd's using Windows Media 11 set at 1.41 Mbps. I burn onto Maxell CD-R Pro. The sound is pretty good. Great for parties.

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Mccsiz wrote:
......And Ripblade, is EAC for making mp3's only, or can I copy favorite songs from my original CD's and then make a composite CD that will sound almost identical to the original on my Cary 308T cd player?

Currently I rip and burn all my cd's using Windows Media 11 set at 1.41 Mbps. I burn onto Maxell CD-R Pro. The sound is pretty good. Great for parties.

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Loyd

EAC was designed for making bit for bit duplicates, but can be used to rip selected tracks to wav.

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Mccsiz wrote:
Do you use the standard or the archival MAM gold?


Hi Loyd,

Don't know. The discs just say " MAM-A GOLD " on the inner ring.

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Thanks ripblade :)

Did you download EAC or buy it? I am willing to buy if the quality of the rip and burn will be improved.

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Mccsiz wrote:
Thanks ripblade :)

Did you download EAC or buy it? I am willing to buy if the quality of the rip and burn will be improved.

Cheers,
Loyd

It's freeware, afaik. Support could be better, but for the price I can't complain. There's plenty of users out there to draw experience from if you need it.

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We talked about this before a long time ago.

What works for me EAC rips (free program) Taiyo Yuden CDrs from blank media.
Burned at 4X speed.
What I found most compatable from player to player.

I use cheap Fujis or what ever for give aways.

Black Memorex work but not all players like them....

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Anyone using EAC on Vista? Heard folks using Vista have problems with this software.....anyone using it with this O.S?


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Hi Toby:
Is it 74 or 80 min? 80 is standard; 74 (i believe) is archive.
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EAC is fantastic.I did a comparison one day of a single album ripped
by about 5 different ripping programs( i was bored) and EAC was
leagues ahead of them all.Here is a good guide on how to set it up
Mccsiz.

http://www.6moons.com/industryfeatures/eac/eac.html

I find that most of my discs that were ripped with EAC actually
sound better then the pressed original.It's important to burn at a
slow speed though.

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Hi again Ripblade:

I downloaded EAC, no problem. Now I want to rip a trial CD at the BEST resolution possible. What format and what attributes should I choose?

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