CD Manufacturing

There are two ways to produce an Audio CD, either by Duplication or Replication.

  • Duplication – Discs are burnt using a laser, much the same as if you burn a CD on your home computer. Typically only used for short runs, not cost effective for large runs. Duplicated CDs can be susceptible to compatibility issues with some CD players.
  • Replication – Discs are factory pressed from a glass master and look exactly the same as a commercial CD you would purchase from a retailer. The units are finished to a much higher standard than Duplication and the process is highly automated. For runs of 500+ replication is considerably cheaper. Replicated CDs are not prone to compatibility issues.

All ICON Audio 500 & 1000 CD packages as well as re-orders are manufactured using Replication. In my experience it offers far greater quality and compatibility, the benefits of bulk buying also significantly reduce the cost price per unit.

If you would like to discuss CD Manufacturing or your audio requirements please contact me.