CD/DVD Duplicator

Optical discs are great for sending media to other people and making backups of important work. The only downside is the amount of wasted time involved in copying even a small number of discs using a computer. This has created a niche market in desktop duplication machines. The two main groups of DVD/CD duplicator are the manual and automatic. The automatic models are more expensive but can copy more discs before they need assistance. Duplicators are ideal for people who need to regularly copy up to one hundred discs, and they can also be used as a backup optical drive.

There are many different reasons why someone may want to buy a DVD/CD duplicator. Musicians who are not signed to a publisher have to do their own promotional work including sending out demos of their music. Independent game developers who are also looking for a publisher may want a duplicator for the same reasons. Small businesses may find it more economical to mail out catalogs on disc instead of printing them. In fact, anyone who regularly needs to make multiple copies of their work for distribution or archival purposes can do the task much faster with a duplicator.

A manual CD/DVD duplicator is the simplest and cheapest option for quickly copying a small number of discs. It comprises a stack of optical disc writers connected to a controller and housed in a tower case. The controller allows the duplicator to operate without being connected to a computer. The source drive holds the disc to be copied while the other drives hold blank discs. Copied discs are automatically ejected but failed discs need to be manually ejected. This helps prevent failed discs from being included with the copied discs. More expensive models use a hard drive as the source, freeing up an extra drive for copying.

Changing discs in a manual DVD/CD duplicator takes time and interrupts other work tasks. A better option for copying many discs is to use an automatic duplicator. They have a robotic arm that moves discs between the spindles and the stack of optical disc writers. While it may have fewer writers and take longer to finish, an automatic duplicator can copy an entire spindle of discs without requiring assistance. More advanced models, called all-in-one disc publishers, combine an inkjet printer and duplicator.

There are several features to look for when choosing a DVD/CD duplicator. Along with copying discs, it should also be able to verify, compare, emulate, and erase them. The writers should have fast recording speeds and support all the major disc formats. The controls should be clearly labeled and easy to access, and there should be a small screen showing details of the copying process. A USB port allowing the duplicator to be connected to a computer is also a good feature to have.

Competition between the many companies providing disc duplication services keeps their prices very low. Paying hundreds and even thousands of dollars for a DVD/CD duplicator that is only used occasionally makes no economic sense. It needs to be used regularly to produce a large number of discs to make back its high cost. However, replication is a better option for copying thousands of discs. This is the commercial process used to create the high quality discs sold in stores. The finished discs look more professional because they are pressed instead of burned and their artwork has been screen printed.

A DVD/CD duplicator can save a lot of time and money, especially when it frees employees to perform other tasks. Duplicators can be very expensive and they are not appropriate for all copying jobs, so choosing the right one requires careful consideration. Finally, be aware that duplicators are often associated with the illegal production of copyrighted material, and that there are severe penalties for infringing copyright in most countries.

This DVD Duplicator, CD Copier, Disk Duplicator Review is Written/Updated on Nov 24th, 2009 and filed under Consumer Electronics. Both comments and pings are currently closed.

1 Response for “CD/DVD Duplicator”

  1. Eric says:

    Shopping around more websites and you may not really know which one is the best one. I called many companies and talk to the people. Some barely can speak English-My God, am I in China?
    I do not want to point out the bad ones but only couples good one. People at and are very helpful and patient. The toll free number ring just one and have technical guys answer my picky questions. Consumer or professionals should try to call first before place online order.It really tell you the different and it is toll free- so simple why not?

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