Burning classical music - how fast?

Hello, I’m new here, used the search on ‘classical music’ but couldn’t find anything. The question is: what is the right speed for burning classical music? Does it actually make any difference whether you burn data or (classical) music?

Some people say: it’s better to burn classical music with a speed as high as possible just because the ‘dye’ of the CD has been optimized for these high speeds; slower speed will result in more errors. Other people tell me that it’s better to burn classical music as slow as possible because then you would get a better quality and durability.

I simply don’t know. Are there any objective facts about this, testresults, reviews, research or something like that? I would greatly appreciate your replies, thanks in advance :slight_smile: !

Is it posssible (for a moderator I hope) to remove this thread or the other one? Trying to post my thread I got the message the server was to busy and ‘please, try again later’. So I did, to find out that my thread was posted twice. Sorry!

The basic advice for burning CDs (data or music) & expecting good quality burns must be:-
A. Use only a CD writer, far better quality is obtainable than with a DVD writer.
B. Use quality media, Taiyo Yuden dye is pretty good.
C. Use a medium speed, I don’t think that CD burning is so influenced by speed as DVD burning is.

I question whether audio CD media should be used for music. Theoretically this should be better, noting that this media type will tend to burn at a lower speed anyway. It’s probably a case of experimenting with the speeds to see if you can detect any difference. I think it depends how serious you are about the quality.

Hope this helps a bit.

When all is said and done unless you have a high end specialist music system you will not be able to tell the difference.

It depends on the media and on the burner. The best way to know is to run tests.

A quick rule of thumb is that you should burn at about half the maximum speed of the burner, but never at the maximum speed of the media. e.g. 52x media in a 52x burner, 24x (the closest speed to 1/2) would be nearly ideal.

Old burners (8x and slower) often burned with best quality at their slowest speeds. Fast burners (32x and faster) usually don’t, although the slow speed quality is good. My 48-24-48 and 52-32-52 burners tend to burn with consistent quality from 16 to 32x, but 24 is the sweet spot.

Originally posted by JayC30
When all is said and done unless you have a high end specialist music system you will not be able to tell the difference.

That’s a very fair point.

Most important is to burn somewhere between 24x and 40x (ish) and use good media.

it depends if you are recording the adagio or allegro portion of the piece… :stuck_out_tongue:

I really am new here…thought there hadn’t been any replies until I found out that in fact there had been 7 of which I didn’t know because the option of notification was not yet activated.

Thanks anyway :slight_smile:

In the meantime I’ve done some searching myself and found some interesting sites:
http://www.cdrfaq.org/faq03.html#S3-31 section of http://www.cdrfaq.org/

Apart form that I decided to try the MAM-E CD-R’s.
May be it’s a bit off-topic but can anybody here tell me if there 's a noticeable difference between the MAM-E Golden dye and ProStudio Gold, apart form durability (100 or 200 years) which imo is less interesting? The difference in price is notable. Any experiences?