Which CD-R Brand Should You Buy for Your Home Recordings? - dummies

Which CD-R Brand Should You Buy for Your Home Recordings?

By Jeff Strong

A staggering variety of CD-Rs are available for your home recording needs. You have silver, white, green, blue, gold, even black CDs, and you have data and music CDs. So, which ones are best? Well, that depends.

Unless you have a consumer CD recorder from a few years ago, you can record your CD onto any data CD-R. You can find these just about anywhere, and they can cost as little as 10 to 15 cents apiece if you buy in bulk.

If you have an older consumer CD recorder (pre-2000 — check your user’s manual to see what yours is), you have to use music CD-Rs. These CD-Rs have a code in them that allows older consumer recorders to actually record. These CD-Rs cost a lot more, not because they capture music any better, but because a royalty, which goes to the recording industry, is figured into the price of the CD.

If you have a recent CD-R recorder connected to your computer or SIAB system, or if you have a professional-grade CD recorder, you can get by just fine using run-of-the-mill data CD-Rs.

As far as which of the countless CD-R brands to use, they’re all pretty much the same. Many recordists go with the least expensive; the worst thing that can happen is that an error occurs and you have to record again.

Keep in mind that some CD-Rs work better on some recorders, and the only way to find out is to try them. When you find a brand that works, try to stick with it.