View Full Version : Digital audio rewriteable CDs

13-02-2009, 10:53 AM
Digging around trying to find a NZ company that imports digital audio rewriteable CDs. So far no joy. Anyone found a firm that does?

Speedy Gonzales
13-02-2009, 11:12 AM
And whats it got, that you cant do with any other blank cd?

13-02-2009, 12:13 PM
And whats it got, that you cant do with any other blank cd?

Some CD Audio burners/copyiers will ONLY work with these CD's (by design)
Havnt bought any recently but....
Jaycar sometimes sells them. Ive also seen some at The Warehouse Stationary
Dick Smith used to sell the TDK ones, at outrageous prices in comparison.
My Philips CDR880 is VERY fussy with these. It wont work with 80 minute
Audio CDR's.Also has issues with the higher speed Audio CDr's.
72minute audio CDr's Ive never been able to get in NZ.
What machine do you need them for??

13-02-2009, 01:13 PM

Nope just wanting to understand the difference like the rest of us...

13-02-2009, 01:36 PM
'Audio' cds are the same as normal cd-rs, but they are more expensive because they pay license costs to the record companies.

As for rewritable cds, I think most modern cd players which can playback mp3s stored on a cd can also read rewritable discs. Perhaps rewritable audio discs are readable in these players? I'm not sure on that, but I doubt it.

Is there any particular reason you are using a burner which burns ONLY to these discs?

13-02-2009, 02:10 PM
I'm not sure what machine KellyBro has but....

When Philips, Pioneer & others started making home stereo CD player that could also record & copy audio CD's, It was decided(by the Europeans) to make them so that they could only record on these 'audio' Cd's. Part of the increased price of these CD's was supposed to be given to record company's for royalties of the CD's copied/burnt.
They will not record to non 'audio' CD's; with some exceptions
Heres an example of the player/recorder

Philips & others also sold twin deck home cd players/recorders, enabling a copy of music CD's to be made pretty easily.
The machines also had the limitation of not doing a direct digital copy , the copy process would have to use an analogue (RCA) input, in theory making the copy not quite perfect: just to keep the Record Companies happy.
Some would only copy/write at a rather low speed, again to making it harder to use for pirating.

Ive a couple of these writers, both now almost usless because I cant get the blanks & Philips have stopped any suppoprt for them. Hacked firmware chips are available overseas, but the cost & effort isnt worth it anymore.

13-02-2009, 02:20 PM
Thanks guys. Need them for a Yamaha ripper/recorder (CDR - HD1500). I use it to digitalize my vinyls. The unit contains a HD that can store a large number of rips that can be then copied onto CDs. It only accepts digital audio blanks. At the moment I'm getting CD-Rs from Stationary Warehouse, but If I can get one or more CD-RWs it'll cut my costs considerably. I operate a music blog (kellysloungesoundz.blogspot.com) which shares mostly old, out-of-print Vinyls and CDs. Thought the difference between data and digital audio (or music) CDs was fairly common knowledge among computer buffs, but apparently not so. You were on to it sroby. I understand the digital audio discs are encoded so that you can't fool the equipment designed to use them. While Dick Smith & Stationary Warehouse stock the CD-Rs, they're not interested in stocking the CD-RWs I guess because it would cut into the sales of CD-Rs. I can import from the UK, but why pay for shipping if they're available here. Cheers and thanks again.