The Difference Between CD Replication and Duplication
Lots of people wonder about the difference between CD replication and duplication are often confused when it comes to selecting the right approach of copying CD’s for their particular task. Knowing the difference between CD replication and duplication should be useful in determining which approach works best for your project.
When it comes to results, there is a small difference between CD replication and duplication – they will show extras, chapters, alternative soundtracks, menus and other information in regards to the copying approach. The methods behind CD replication and duplication like turnaround time, cost per unit and quantity are quite different.
Disc replication is the process of creating a DVD or CD directly from plastic and other raw items. Through your master disc we produce a “glass master” which is used to form a stamper through which discs with inlayed content are created. Once the discs are made, we use either offset printing or silkscreen to apply your artwork directly to the CD. Quality screening before, during and after creation is a recognized standard for each replication task.
Disc duplication pertains to burning information on a pre-created blank DVD-R or CD-R. We employ your artwork using a silk screen, thermal or other high quality on-disc printing approach. We carry out a number of pre-manufacturing quality checks on your master and our duplication tool executes further checks during production.
Should I Replicate or Duplicate?
Usually, duplication is appropriate for short-run projects below a thousand units or for those that need a quick turnaround. We can generate your duplication tasks in as little as one business day. Replication is more affordable for long-run tasks because of the set-up charges needed. It also needs longer lead time. We have a lowest replication quantity of 300 units. From a quality point of view, there is no discrepancy between the data kept on a replicated or duplicated disc. A few DVD-Rs may not play on older DVD players but, DVD-R match rates are generally around 95%.