Your comments and those by Joe Iraci lead me to believe that the optimum
burn speed would be 8-12X. Is this supported by test findings?
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From: "Mike Richter" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, June 20, 2003 8:58 AM
Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] CD question
> At 09:26 AM 6/20/2003 -0400, Steven Smolian wrote:
> >I make my CDs at 2 or 4x. I note those presently aalable go up 56x or
> >Is there any reason these won't perform well when recorded more slowly?
> >can't imagine why they wouldn't but better safe...
> There is every reason to believe that they will not perform well. The
> quality of a burn depends on the writer, medium and speed being near
> optimum. Modern drives and media are optimized for high speed, typically
> 16-20x for a writer designated 20x or above. It is extremely difficult to
> find media which write well below 4x in any drive. Note that many modern
> drives offer a minimum write speed of 2x or even 4x - the capability to
> write at 1x is more and more limited to standalone recorders.
> Fortunately, the best modern writers work quite well at 12x, yielding
> rates as low as we achieved at 1x and 2x a few years ago. Above 12x,
> quality drops off but not so rapidly that it will be serious and certainly
> not to the level one would find at 4x or below.
> There is extensive discussion of media and speeds at Media Sciences:
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