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?

Barry Willis's picture

A CD burner in my computer—cheap and reliable. Still looking for the best compilation and editing software.

Billy McIntyre's picture

Philips re-writer, very impressive. I ordered it with my Gateway system and have nothing short of joy!

Richard Hollis's picture

Use it for audio CD compilations, computer backup, and data transfer.

Mark Rowland, Wrexham, UK's picture

I have a Pioneer PDR509 with which I am very pleased—audibly superior to my MiniDisc machine, and great for making my own compilations for use in-car.

Greg Arends's picture

I actually have 2 machines and am using them to transcribe the hundreds of out-of-print LPs that I have across to a digital medium—I just wish that the blank discs were a bit less expensive.

Dave W.'s picture

CD recorder or MiniDisc recorder? The music recorded will be strictly for playback on my laptop, in the car, or on a portable, so I'm having trouble making a format choice. MiniDisc is ahead in the primaries; the final choice comes in March.

David L.'s picture

I use CD read/write for data backup on my Mac G3, hence writing CD-ROMs (data and audio) comes free. I'd recommend this approach over a standalone recorder, as it is possible to make compilations from CDs (e.g., for car use) very easily using Adaptec Toast and Jam programs. I also intend archiving analog audio material direct from LP turntable and audio cassette, and indirectly from my DAT recordings (e.g., off-air from Tuner). I could easily convert to MP3 if I can tolerate the loss in sound quality, or wish to send samples to my friends via the Internet.

Anonymous's picture

I like minidisc recording much better for features and sound quality

evans_j@altavista.com's picture

I have had one in one of my computers for the past 2 years(SCSI CD-R & SCSI CD). When making digital direct recordings (CD to CD) with no conversion the copy does sound different. I'm still not sure which sounds better. For compilations while driving, CD-R's sure beat tape.

Gerry G.'s picture

I use my computer & CD-ROM burner to copy some of my vinyl that has not been released on CD.

Dave Haas, Omaha, Ne.'s picture

I record amateur performances on Mini-disc, and make copies on my PC CD Read-write for friends. I wish I had purchased the mini-disc several years ago, but I believed older Sterephile opinions that they were non-fi. Mr Fremer has since confirmed what I hear, the MDs are quite good and an excellent portable recording medium. The microphones are $2 Panasonic electret condenser capsules, powered by the recorder which I buy from digikey electronics.

Health Nut, Phila/Pittsburgh's picture

Funny, I was just using pricewatch.com to search for a Matrox CD-R... Looking forward to making custom CD's. Especially since multichannel DVD-A and multichannel SACD are still far away...

..dave..'s picture

I have "invested" in a harmonkardon, But some say that consumer products are not the best to use, as they will/might not work in other brand name recorders. They suggest using a comercial product. Others say that by the third generation it is ok and that the power of the laser is all matched by a minium power requirment in all consumer products. I have not had any problems thus far. Has anybody else?

Robert's picture

I'm waiting for a truly univeral recorder that will not be obsolete with the next digital format.

Vincent van Leeuwen's picture

Plextor is definitely the brand to go for if you want a high quality CD writer.