CD Burning Questions


I’m new here, so please go easy on me. Kindly let me know if this is not the right place for my questions.

I have collection of FLAC albums that I ripped from my LPs and I would like to burn them on CD. My goal is to get the “best audio quality” possible from the CDs. For that, I have a few questions:

  1. I cannot afford a home stand-alone CD recorder, so I will buy an external one to use with my laptop. So far I found this one or I read that Plextor was a good one, but I cannot find them anymore. Any suggestions?

  2. About CD-Rs I’m a bit confuse. I want my CDs to play “everywhere”, but it seems that is not guarantee when you burn a CD. Is that right?

  3. For the CD media I was thinking Is that ok? Any other suggestion?

  4. For the burning process itself, I know that I have to convert the FLAC to WAV. Any other tips or actions that I need to be aware of?

Sorry if this is a long post, but I really need some help here.


  1. I haven’t had that good of success with an external burner with CDs.
    It depends on the chip inside the external enclosure.
    I haven’t tested a CD with my blu ray burner in a external enclosure.
    I will try to do that & post the results.

  2. Some players & even more with car players won’t play a CD-R Audio disc.
    A lot will. You just have to test.
    On a side note car players can usually play a data CD.

  3. I haven’t had a problem with hardly any CD-R media.
    I will leave this one to those that have had problems to answer.

4, Use ImgBurn.
Properly set up it will convert the FLAC to WAV as it does the burn.
This is for an older version but it worked with the last version.

Good Luck

The Taiyo are not that good at the Moment, Verbatim Printable and Non-Printable too…
I use Falcon Media(Mediline) for “Medical Purpose” Smart White Printable, with a C1 max from17 and ~ 0,9
These are the best CD-R i have seen over the years, and they work flawless in my Players.
Label is TDK, around 20$ for 50 Pieces.

About the Burner:
I used a Pioneer BDR 212 UHT with Firmware 1.0. Burnspeed for Audio i use always 8x.

Software - I use Nero Burning Rom 2020, and with Nero you don`t have to convert to Wav, burn as Audio CD.
Nero will do the rest…


I used some FLAC files I had to burn a CD-R with ImgBurn.
I burned it with a WH16NS40 1.02-01 in a Vantec NST-536S3-BK enclosure USB 3.0.
The WH16NS40 is a LG internal drive.
The Vantec NST-536S3-BK enclosure USB 3.0 is an external enclosure the WH16NS40 is mounted in.
This is the ImgBurn log:

I 10:10:18 ImgBurn Version started!
I 10:10:18 Microsoft Windows 7 Home Premium Edition (6.1, Build 7601 : Service Pack 1)
I 10:10:18 Total Physical Memory: 3,632,752 KiB - Available: 2,353,580 KiB
I 10:10:18 Initialising ElbyCDIO…
I 10:10:18 ELBYCDIO.DLL - Elaborate Bytes CDRTools - ElbyCDIO DLL - Version
I 10:10:18 Searching for SCSI / ATAPI devices…
I 10:10:19 -> Drive 1 - Info: HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH16NS40 1.02-01 (D:) (USB)
I 10:10:19 Found 1 DVD-ROM, 2 BD-ROM/HD DVD-ROMs and 1 BD-RE XL!
I 10:11:59 Operation Started!
I 10:11:59 Source File: L:\Me & Bobby McGee\Kris Kristofferson - Me & Bobby McGee.cue
I 10:11:59 Source File Sectors: 186,330 (AUDIO/2352)
I 10:11:59 Source File Size: 438,248,160 bytes
I 10:11:59 Source File Volume Identifier: Kris Kristofferson - Me & Bobby McGee
I 10:11:59 Source File File System(s): None
I 10:11:59 Destination Device: [0:0:0] HL-DT-ST BD-RE WH16NS40 1.02 (D:) (USB)
I 10:11:59 Destination Media Type: CD-R (Disc ID: 97m15s17f, Ritek Co.)
I 10:11:59 Destination Media Supported Write Speeds: 16x, 24x, 32x, 40x, 48x
I 10:11:59 Destination Media Sectors: 359,843
I 10:11:59 Write Mode: CD
I 10:11:59 Write Type: SAO
I 10:11:59 Write Speed: MAX
I 10:11:59 Lock Volume: No
I 10:11:59 Test Mode: No
I 10:11:59 OPC: No
I 10:12:00 BURN-Proof: Enabled
I 10:12:00 Write Speed Successfully Set! - Effective: 8,468 KB/s (48x)
I 10:12:00 Filling Buffer… (80 MiB)
I 10:12:03 Writing LeadIn… (CD-TEXT)
I 10:12:20 Writing Session 1 of 1… (12 Tracks, LBA: 0 - 186329)
I 10:12:20 Writing Track 1 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 0 - 12579)
I 10:12:28 Writing Track 2 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 12580 - 33749)
I 10:12:41 Writing Track 3 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 33750 - 53296)
I 10:12:51 Writing Track 4 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 53297 - 66894)
I 10:12:59 Writing Track 5 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 66895 - 77801)
I 10:13:04 Writing Track 6 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 77802 - 89799)
I 10:13:10 Writing Track 7 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 89800 - 105981)
I 10:13:17 Writing Track 8 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 105982 - 122341)
I 10:13:24 Writing Track 9 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 122342 - 137266)
I 10:13:30 Writing Track 10 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 137267 - 152649)
I 10:13:36 Writing Track 11 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 152650 - 166031)
I 10:13:41 Writing Track 12 of 12… (AUDIO/2352, FLAC, LBA: 166032 - 186329)
I 10:13:48 Synchronising Cache…
I 10:13:52 Exporting Graph Data…
I 10:13:52 Graph Data File: C:\Users\USERS\AppData\Roaming\ImgBurn\Graph Data Files\HL-DT-ST_BD-RE_WH16NS40_1.02_FRIDAY-JULY-17-2020_10-11_AM_97m15s17f_MAX.ibg
I 10:13:52 Export Successfully Completed!
I 10:13:52 Operation Successfully Completed! - Duration: 00:01:52
I 10:13:52 Average Write Rate: 4,863 KiB/s (24.6x) - Maximum Write Rate: 6,523 KiB/s (33.0x)

The drive Mooni posted is an internal drive for a tower.
So that won’t help unless it is a good drive to use with an external enclosure.

I’m not a Nero fan & I do have some older versions of Nero.

If you look at the ImgBurn log you can see I burned faster & didn’t use top quality CD-R media.
The slower burn as Mooni posted is advisable.
This was just a test burn for me so I didn’t care if the media was that good.

This is the External Version of the BDR 212.

That’s probably a good external also.
I did my external drive because I wanted to crossflash it for UHD BD.
My HTPC is a small size & only has a laptop type drive internally.
So I needed this type external drive.

For CD burning I usually use my BenQ 1650 internal.
That’s why I had to test the external to see if it would burn a CD-R.
I have a Samsung optical drive in a SYBA enclosure.
It doesn’t burn CDs because of the chip set.

A UHD Version is avaible too, as external.
Check the Drives.

you have to import it. But it`s a real great drive with UHD Support on Board.
Software to Play UHD is included.