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What's the difference between
Duplication & Replication?

 


 

Duplication:
A blank disc (like the CD-R or DVD-R you buy at the store or from us) is "burned" using a disk burner, (the type that comes in your computer), duplicator, or audio or video disc recorder. A laser 'burns' pits into the surface of the disc.

Most CD-R's are silver on top side and light green or blue on the underside. Most DVD-R's are silver on top and purple on the underside. We estimate that about 10% of DVD players on the market will not play burned discs. However, as new equipment comes out and replaces older machines, that percentage drops.

We can burn any quantity that you desire, however, most jobs are 100-500 copies at a time.


Replication:

This is a manufacturing process that essentially replicates or “clones” the original master. First, a “glass master” is created from the original. Then a set of molds, or “stampers,” are made from the master. Stampers act as a blueprint for the replication process; they are mounted into an injection-mold machine, where a replica of the mold is created in the form of a 120-mm plastic disc.

The formed disc is then coated with a micro-thin reflective layer of aluminum. Finally, the disc is coated with a protective lacquer that is first spun onto the disc, then hardened by ultraviolet light. Because replication is complicated, it’s typically considered only for large runs of at least 1,000 copies. At those volumes, replication produces the lowest per-disk cost and offers the highest possible readability levels. In fact, all commercially distributed entertainment and software CDs and DVDs are produced using replication.

Contact us for a competitive quote.