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    This has been bothering me for sometime now.

    When we burn a cd into our computers we are using a sub $50 transport in most cases. Personally I use a @ $70 usb HP cd burner to a net book, running iTunes. Nothing to write home about, and I need to step up my game.

    We are all aware of the lengths we go to to purchase the best transport/CD player and power supplies bla bla bla.

    I am not trying to start a flame thread, I am just trying to figure out if I am thinking right or missing something.

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    What you're missing is that when you play it back, timing of the data is important. When your ripping (the more correct term than burning) the music in, you're doing a data copy.

    So when ripping, you want accuracy of the data bits. Hence, things that do a better job like EAC.

    When you play back, it's certainly important to deliver good data, but it's the timing of it where the variation comes in. And the filtering of the recovered analog audio necessary, which effects timing in yet another completely different way....group delay.

    So the fact that you're thinking about the issue is good. Playback requires that insane accuracy of trying to put the bits of the busted up mirror back together with a minimum of crack showing between each piece.

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    Quote Originally Posted by MillerLiteScott View Post
    This has been bothering me for sometime now.

    When we burn a cd into our computers we are using a sub $50 transport in most cases. Personally I use a @ $70 usb HP cd burner to a net book, running iTunes. Nothing to write home about, and I need to step up my game.

    We are all aware of the lengths we go to to purchase the best transport/CD player and power supplies bla bla bla.

    I am not trying to start a flame thread, I am just trying to figure out if I am thinking right or missing something.
    If you are just making a bit for bit copy, computer burners are adequate. If you are making production masters and you need to tweak quality, better quality equipment is required.

    I did find that better burning media (music CD-R's) made a difference:

    Better Sound With Music CD R's
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    Quote Originally Posted by CoolJazz View Post
    What you're missing is that when you play it back, timing of the data is important. When your ripping (the more correct term than burning) the music in, you're doing a data copy.

    So when ripping, you want accuracy of the data bits. Hence, things that do a better job like EAC.
    I thought he was talking about creating (burning) a CD from files on the computer. Good catch.

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    Thanks CJ and DK. My concern is the copy for listening to my music via SB Touch through an outboard DAC.
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    I always screw mine up somehow.

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    The cd drive in your computer is more than adequate to copy data

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