Writers are normally optimized (for vibration absorption, among other
things) for their maximum speed, and that is often treated as "best" after
factoring in maximum media speed. Unfortunately, as Mike and others have
pointed out, top CD speeds above 12X (DVD above 4X) can generate trash.
Lower speeds may or may not be better, depending on chassis resonances. Some
speeds may be even worse than the top speed, while others may be acceptable.
Drive manufacturers do not map this out, so the user is left with the
challenge of recording at each speed and then testing the result.
Media Sciences, Inc.
> -----Original Message-----
> From: Association for Recorded Sound Discussion List
> [mailto:[log in to unmask]] On Behalf Of Trey Bunn
> Sent: Friday, March 25, 2005 2:48 PM
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> Subject: Re: [ARSCLIST] Writable CD/DVD - long reply
> Mike, your mention of write speeds got my attention.
> I was always told that the slower the write speed, the
> more stable the CD will be (that is, less prone to
> errors). So whenever I burn anything, I always set it
> to the lowest speed possible (my current configuration
> usually only allows me to go down to 8x or 4x,
> depending on the media). But is this not a good
> I've noticed that my burning software has an option
> under write speed for "Best," but I've never trusted
> it because I have no idea what standards the person
> who wrote the program (Toast 6 Titanium) used when
> determining what's best. Best for audio? Best for
> data integrity? Best for creating coasters that look
> lovely on your coffee table? But am I wrong? Should
> I trust this "Best" setting, or should I stick with my
> practice of burning as slowly as possible?
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