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CD Recorders: How Good And What Sources

Discussion in 'Hi-Fi Stereo Systems & Separates' started by Garrett, Dec 1, 2003.

  1. Garrett

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    My father is after buying a Philips CDR 796 CD recorder and I think I have found him one online better in price and quality which is a Sony RCD-W3.

    Is there any other about the same price better and how good are they compared with the quality of Mini-Disc which he already has.

    Also can you burn from other sources beside CD on the Sony player say LP’s for archiving.
     
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    The Sony RCD-W3 is probably the most flexible and 'Best' at it's price point, as it has two disc drawers and received a top review in What Hi-Fi.

    Compared with Mini-Disc, there's no competition really, CD wins every time. A good analogy would be comparing MP3 and CD Audio.

    You can record from non-digital sources, yes. The Sony CD Recorder has its own Analogue to Digital converters, so inputs such as Tape, Vinyl etc can all be recorded onto CDs.

    Hope this helps :).
     
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    Thanks Dimmy. ;)

    Do you know if it is possible to pause such recorder to change sides of a LP or would you have to do that whist burning the cd.
     
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    (I,ll be shot for this...........) I would recommend the Pioneer PD-609 over the Sony, as great though the Sony is the finished quality of the Pioneers disc's can be slightly less "lean". Philips - no thanks!! Or try picking up the Marantz DR6000 on ebay. It'll beat the others hands down for recording quality. There's one on there right now!! (no it's not mine!!:) )

    Just to muddy the waters, recording onto PC is probably better for vinyl recordings as you have more control over the finished article and most half decent recording software packages have noise filters.

    Neither way is a match for the analogue original though............ still it's a lot better than a tape or MD copy!!!
     
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    Thanks for the info, I think if I was going or one myself I would go for a single player/recorder as you recomend but my dad wants a duel deck.
     
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    Garret - most CD recorders will allow you to stop recording and resume where you finished. I'm not sure if you can 'Pause' whilst recording, but you can definitely stop, flip the LP, then resume.
     
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    Can you use the blank cheap cd's that you use for computers or have they to be special music only blanks.?
     
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    Yes, you can use the cheap nasty CD-Rs you use for your PC :).
     
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    From that do I take the proper ones are the best?
     
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    If by best you mean 'Doesn't disintigrate upon scratches or within a few weeks of burning' and sounds better then yes, it's worthwhile spending just a little bit more than absolute rock bottom CD-Rs :).
     
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    You can't use the cheap nasty PC type CD-Rs on the 796. Only Audio CDRs.
     
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    SDH is right. Only CD-R's with "write once markers" (audio CD's) can be used in domestic CD-writers. A mate of mine found that out after he'd bought 200 standard CD-R's!!:D Luckily the nice man at the shop took them back!!!;)
     
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    Not the cheapest but the HK CDR25 is superb as a recorder and the CDR30 immense but they are £400+ CDR30 has MP3 and HDCD decoding both have rafts of inputs and ouputs both digital and analogue!!!Quality differnce from CD is pretty non existant and the twin draw recording allows you to master over at CD Quality as well as recording from external source on recorder side and playing a CD on the player.
     
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    Done and dusted now I sent for him the Sony and got £95 notes of the list price.
     

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