Have you purchased a CD recorder for your audio system or computer?

Have you purchased a CD recorder for your audio system or computer?
I've got a standalone audio CD recorder.
11% (32 votes)
I've got a recorder in my computer.
40% (118 votes)
I'm thinking of buying one.
23% (66 votes)
Not interested.
26% (76 votes)
Total votes: 292

We <A HREF="http://www.stereophile.com/shownews.cgi?600">reported recently</A> that audio CD recorders are becoming hot items with consumers. How about with you?

Paul Riordan's picture

I have had a cd-recorder in my pc for a couple of years and use it to compile tracks from cd-singles mainly, for use in the car.

Mike Marcellas's picture

Anything so I don't have to load my in-home Cd recordings into my cars cd changer. Also I don't want to buy the same disc twice, so this works for me.

Gary Myers's picture

Too much complexity. I want a simple setup.

Anonymous's picture

I'm waiting for the SACD vs DVD to get settled

Scot Forier's picture

I purchased a CD burner for my computer last March, thinking I would be able to condense my CD collection for travel use. I have yet to actually burn one compilation disc.

Scott Miller's picture

For $199 I couldn't afford NOT to have a CD-RW drive on my PC. Besides being able to back up files easily and reliably, I much prefer to be able to leave my original CDs safely at home and use CD-Rs in my car or office audio systems. Not to mention the fact that I like making my own compilation discs. I think CD-R drives are great.

john_nemesh@airswitch.net's picture

No way am I paying a $4-$5 premium for a home CD-R disc! The industry had better rethink this concept. Sure, they are easier to use, but I would rather save the bux and burn on a computer.

Dexter M.  Price's picture

I bought a Pioneer Elite CD recorder primarily to convert LPs to CD. The Pioneer Elite converts from analog to digital at 20 bits. I have also found the 24-bit upconversion performed by the unit (when making copies of "old," circa 1985-96 CDs) very useful. The copies are much better than the originals. Also, because the price of the CD-R blank discs includes "royalty fee payments," copying CDs is guilt-free. "Rare Silk" sounds GREAT at 30,000 feet!

Federico's picture

I have had an HHB CDR800 for over two years now. It works fantastically. I must say it's been great to make copies for the car and the office. Makes organization much easier.

Ron G.'s picture

Have an HP CDR unit in my PII computer purchased in Oct.98.Generally satisfied. Can't tell the difference between original and copy.

J.  Peterson's picture

I plan to put a CD burner in my PC. The discs are cheaper than the standalone audio units, and there's more flexibility with the PC software.

Tip Johnson's picture

Anyone want to buy a used cassette tape recorder? A CD-R drive now costs less than a case of cassette tapes, and you can buy CD-R blanks for under a dollar.

Mark Powers's picture

I use it primarily for backing up computer files but it is also great for making backup audio CD



Kenneth Wolf's picture

Used for data backup and compilation CDs HP unit

pissed reader's picture

What good is it when I post my response and it doesn't get posted. I would like some explaination of who filters the response, and if so don't count those votes for your surveys. Also what does Sam Tellig mean by "The People" on the question "What would you chage about HiFi..." I think maybe Sam should look to himself for changes not "THE PEOPLE" What an ASS!!!

kcso's picture

I think I'll get one now that the price has come down. Considering that in Canada, you pay royalties for blank media, the recording execs can't accuse us of robbing them or copyright revenue anymore.

Chris Brosh's picture

I bought the CDRW for my Mac with the idea of putting my collection of cassettes on CD, and have found the project snowballing into an avalanche of upgrades: new amp (also for the DVD player), "new" turntables, and the prowling of second-hand stores searching for those albums I always wanted but couldn't afford back then. I've made a great number of recordings, of which maybe two were of the tapes I originally wanted to record. Go figure.

David Pile's picture

I don't use my burner to copy audio cd's

Craig Ellsworth's picture

When I buy music I want a finished product. This includes liner notes, not to mention that I believe that I should pay the musicians who made the music their fair share.

Jim Anderson's picture

I also have CDRs in two of my computers.


Cause I already have a good MINIDISC recorder which is just right for me and the MD's are easier too carry and you can do a lot of editing on them.

Joe Hartmann's picture

My son is looking at the new technolgies. I have a cassette recorder used to make tapes for long car trips. Several of my son's band members have made CD's for him and he used the old TEAC 360s for his recording. He uses my Denon for recorded music he is interested in sharing. Sound quality is secondary to content for his needs.

David Colver's picture

I wish there was more guidance as to compatibility of RW disks with other CD players, particuarly portable and car ones.

WO's picture

I don't have a computer at homt right now. If I really need one I can use a friends, but noone I know has a standalone audio CD recorder, just CDR in their computers.

K.  Rebbew's picture

I'll hold out for an SACD recorder. I want all those pops, scratches, wow, and flutter preserved in supreme fidelity.

Krzysztof Goscinski's picture

The one inside the computer may be used to copy music also, so this configuration is more versatile.

Dubravko Novosel's picture


Rich R.'s picture

Burned my first audio CD on my Sony Spressa CD-RW i.Link, through my Mac G3, last weekend. Popped it in my Linn Karik/Numerik combo and darn if it didn't sound like the original tracks off the original CDs. Not only a great way to back up large files, but what a fast way to select and edit tracks out of my audio collection and make "best of" audio CDs. I'd recomend this for any audiophile.

Dave Shannon's picture

Some years ago, when the medium was vinyl, I had a Nakamichi for the sole purpose of making records portable. On occasion my thundering herd of three Labrador retrievers will go crashing into the phonograph stand, causing my LP12 to retaliate with gawdawful sounds of protest (as well as me making some high hollers at the dogs), and again reminding me of the impracticality of playing records in moving cars. With CDs being the convenient, go-anywhere, play-anywhere medium they are, I can't imagine why I'd ever want to clone one into another one just like it.