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Monday, 11 July 2011 14:31

CD DVD Replication or Duplication?

CD DVD Duplication Vs. Replication - What's the Difference?

Daystar Music Group is a CD DVD manufacturing and duplication company in Knoxville TN. Each day, we work with music artists, companies and organizations to help them get the best multimedia product, whether it is music, video, or training materials. When you decide to reproduce a CD or DVD, you essentially have two options: duplication or replication. We get a lot of question on which is better, but the truth is that your situation will determine what's best.

Understanding the differences is important in determining which process is best for your project. A duplicated CD/DVD is not only created using a different process than a replicated CD/DVD, but the actual final product is also different.

There are two ways to make a copy of a CD or DVD. Information can be burned on to a blank CD/DVD-R; this method is called duplication. Information can also added during the CD/DVD manufacturing process; this method is referred to as replication.

Understanding the differences is important in determining which process is best for your project. A duplicated CD/DVD is not only created using a different process than a replicated CD/DVD, but the actual final product is also different. After the duplication process is complete, the final product is a CD-R or a DVD-R. Replication stampers for CDs produce CD-ROMs. (ROM means Read Only Memory). The final product in the DVD replication process is a DVD-5, DVD-9, DVD-10, or DVD-18.


CD DVD Duplication
Duplication is the process of recording or "burning" onto blank CD or blank DVD discs. This process is very similar to burning discs on your computer CD or DVD drive, just on a much larger scale. In Duplication, multi-disc duplicators are used to simultaneously burn several discs at once.

Duplication utilizes high-quality blank media and burn-speeds are set low to ensure the highest quality. Once the discs are burned, the top surface of the discs are printed using inkjet or thermal printers. The CD or DVD is then packaged according to the client's order, which is why turnaround times for Duplication are short, with many jobs being completed within 48 hours.


CD DVD Replication

Replication is a much more involved and complicated process. It requires more time and equipment to replicate a CD or DVD.  Most replicated jobs are completed in 7 to 10 business days. Rush service is available many times a year, but does make things a bit more expensive.

Before the replication process gets underway, we check the master for any obvious data corruption. Then, a glass master containing relevant data from client supplied master is created. Replication moves forward only after a perfect master is created. The glass master is used to develop a stamper. The stamper, in turn, is loaded into an injection molding machine that creates CD/DVD replicates. The quality of CD replication hinges upon the quality of the glass masters data. Through each successive step, quality and accuracy is consistently monitored to insure each disc is an exact replica or clone of the original. A layer of micro-thin aluminum is applied to the polycarbonate disc. It is then lacquered and printed before packaging.


Which one should you choose?

So which method is best for your needs: Duplication or Replication? It's a question of quality, quantity, and time.

Although Replication ensures the highest quality, it is rather impractical to place a low quantity Replication order. Reserve Replication for 1000 or more. For high-quantity orders, going with Replication will give you the best value.

If you need anything less than 500 discs, Duplication will be a more ideal option for you. It is the best value for the quantity and turnarounds are faster. Projects that require between 500 and 1000 pieces manufactured can be replicated or duplicated. However, cost efficiency for replication starts at 1000 units of your CD or DVD.

Advantages for Duplication and Replication

CD/DVD Duplication

  1. Fast turnaround. Many orders are available for pickup within 48 hours.
  2. Small quantities can be ordered each week, allowing you to budget weekly or for specific events.
  3. Reliable. Duplicated CDs and DVDs are reliable and look good.
  4. Master can be changed without pre-press charges.

CD/DVD Replication

  1. The unit costs are lower than duplicated celebrity nudes discs.
  2. Both offset printing and screen printing is available for replicated discs.
  3. Replicated DVDs can contain 1 layer (DVD-5) of information, 2 layers on one side (DVD-9), 1 layer on each side (DVD-10) or 2 layers on each side (DVD-18). Many replication facilities are not yet set up for DVD-18 replication.
  4. Most replication facilities, as a result of their high volume run capability, can auto assemble discs into jewel cases, paper/tyvek sleeves, amaray cases, or cardboard sleeves.
  5. Higher compatibility with more playback machines.

Are There Noticeable Differences?

Yes. Duplicates and replicates work the same way. But they do look a little different. However, most consumers do not notice the difference between the two.


*This information compiled from multiple resources.

Published in Guides
Wednesday, 15 June 2011 09:12

Daystar Music Fest at Boomsday 2011


Wow. We are already gearing up for another installment of Daystar Music Fest. This event will be held at Boomsday 2011 and will be FREE! There is no charge to come out and enjoy great music from Knoxville and the surrounding area. Eighteen indie, up and coming bands will be live onsite, at Knoxville's Volunteer Landing waterfront, next to where Boomsday will kick off Labor Day's largest fireworks show. Last year, more than 400,000 people attended Boomsday. Daystar was there... ringside to the fireworks... with live music all day long. Thank you to the many bands and sponsors, and to the Boomsday team.



Food, games, live entertainment. FREE MUSIC ALL DAY!

Our music lineup is already full, and it is packed with all star music. We are very excited to announce this year's music lineup for Daystar Music Fest at Boomsday. So, please, be our guest for what will be a fantastic day filled with family, friends, music, and the largest fireworks display in the nation - September 4th, 2011 @ Volunteer Landing.



Sara Halcomb


Judi Kellar


Jim Sheldon




K-Town Sound


Spur Of The Moment


Nathan Beaver


Jimi Holscher


Susan Rose


Soul Gate 7


Red Letter Disciple


Fifth Street Saints


Erin Leigh


The Last Relapse


The Common Folks


The Jaystorm Project


January Avenue







Published in Boomsday! 2011

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