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CD and DVD Duplication Information

We have compiled this page to give our visitors and customers access to some useful information about CD Duplication and DVD Duplication. Content is based on opinion only and should not be considered legal advice.

What is CD / DVD Duplication?

In your quest for a CD DVD duplication company to work on your project, you have no doubt been asked many questions concerning your project and the type of disc you need. "Aren't all discs the same?", you may wonder to yourself but as you have come to find out, there IS a difference between the disc used to manufacture duplicated orders and the discs used to manufacture replicated orders. We have put this page together in an effort to explain some of the differences, answer some of the questions you may have, and set aside some misconceptions about both types of disc mediums.

CD and DVD Duplication

Duplication is the standard in which smaller quantities of CDs or DVDs are usually manufactured. CDR or DVDR media is loaded into burners. Your information is digitally extracted from your master source (usually a CD-R, CD-RW, DVD-R, DVD-R, DVD+R, or DVD+RW) and transferred to the blank discs. Your information is typically verified and the disc then accepted or rejected. With the advent, popularity, and reduced cost of media, it is now possible to offer the same level of CD and DVD duplication services to customers that need smaller quantity orders as customers which need larger quantities.

Both processes extract the information from your master source in EXACTLY THE SAME WAY. Other than the way your disc is manufactured, the biggest noticeable difference between a replicated disc and a duplicated disc may be the way your disc is printed. This is usually due to the cost restraints associated with the method chosen to process the order.

True or False: CDRs and DVDRs which are duplicated are not as reliable as CDs or DVDs that are replicated?

It may surprise you to find out that in most cases the answer to this question is FALSE. DVDRs were invented for the storage of data, video, audio and more, despite the current compatibility issues with recordable DVDs. Audio CD-Rs were an offspring of the data CD. As with any new technology, there were bugs and glitches to iron out when trying to mass-produce audio CD-Rs. In an effort to get product into the market place, many CD-R manufactures produced subpar product which had trouble loading audio and thus would keep your CD from "spinning up" in an audio only player.

Today's CD-Rs are manufactured under much stricter guidelines. It is true that there are still many inferior brands of CDRs and DVDRs saturating the market place, but by choosing a reputable duplication company which uses only professional equipment and high quality media, you are assured of receiving a quality product. At ProAction Media, we use only the best equipment and grade A media (proven to "spin up" in almost all circumstances) available to process your order.Your finished product is verified in our duplication equipment prior to leaving our factory and will match your master source completely. We guarantee it.


CD / DVD Duplication and Replication both have their cost and quality advantages. ProAction media is proud to offer both services. Ultimately, it is the customer that must choose the best method to manufacture the project. Our sales associates are here to help you put a project together that both meets your quality demands and budget restrictions. We hope that reading this information has helped you make an informed decision about YOUR project and the way you will manufacture it.