What on earth is meant by Quality Burns ? a) Is there some established criteria by which I can take two Burned CDs into a lab and examine them under a high quality microscope as to determine which burn is better. b) Or are you saying that the acoustic output of one Burned Cd is better than that of the other and, if that is the case, exactly what placebo listening tests did you do that would stand up to inspection. c) Or are you saying that one burned Cd is better than that of the other because it will last longer and, if this is the case, what simulated life tests did you do and how did you derive the simulated life tests (what formulas, that is). Without such clarification, your statement is without foundation. Suggest you read the referenced book on how to do good testing to make proper, sound judgments. It is a simple fun book to read, by an Audio Engineer that addresses what is Hi-Fi, how do you measure it, and what is needed to preserve it. If more references are needed, I can draw from some 2000 technical and graduate books in my personal library, though most can be quite difficult to read, understand, and master
As to Cheap Cd. Again what is the criteria ?. 1) Is the Cd cheap because of its cost and, if so, what is the established cost per platter of the so-called good Cds (that is, is it 10-cent, 30-cent, 80-cent per platter, etc). 2 ) Is it cheap because of the CD composition, that is the specific dye and substrate material used, and, if so, what are the good dyes, substrates, and the fabrication of such that have been established as being good by lab-test. 3) Is it cheap because somehow the Cd dyes and substrate laminates just fade and disintegrate over a short time and, if so, what specific lab tests where done to prove this and and how were the life-tests formulas derived. BTW, to understand the problem of finding durable and stable CD dyes, there are some furniture finishing books that address the search for stable, durable dyes over the last 150 years. (Best modern furniture stains, those most stable and durable under light, are Aniline dyes made from coal, yet none are perfect)
As to burning is CPU intensive. I have a Abit BH6 motherboard, a 450MHz Intel Cpu, a Sanyo burn-proof 24-10-40 CDRW-drive that will read-write just about anything and capable of a burn-proof gap of zero nano-seconds, and a partitioned 7200-RPM 40Gb Maxtor HD attached to the motherboard via an ATA-100 card. I use Nero, as well as other burning softwares as needed. When burning a Cd, any mouse movement across the screen is hesitant. Opening and-or running any other software while burning is likewise hesitant, and sometimes will even cause garbled Cds, in spite of the burn-proof. But for a good quantitative measure, set Nero to allow you to see the number of burn errors that were avoided by the burn-proof technology - - and then burn a Cd with and without other softwares running while tracking this number. BTW, the early versions of Nero before v5.5.9 had far fewer such errors, sometimes none at all, while recent versions of Nero have numbers like 100, 200, and above - - meaning that the recent Neros are totally dependent on burn-proof technology being present Some guy mentioned this long ago in another forum
Yes I read the CD-writer reviews. Years past, I also read the Car & Auto magazine reviews, the Hi-Fi-Stereo magazine equipment reviews, the Camera magazine reviews, and Consumer Reports on refrigerators, TVâ€™s, washing machines, etceteras. I have fix all of these several times in the past, can diagnose any computerized car with a simple digital volt-ohm meter, and can tell you endless tales of the effects of acoustic standing waves. Moreover, I have spent years reading & approving Vendor reports on qualification of Military equipment, with many trashed. Perhaps, you and I just have different perspectives and experience on how to read test reviews.
I can have fun like this all day. Sort-of-like like arguing with someone in a bar about what the Government should do to correct the Worldâ€™s problems Sure it gets boring