How to Select a CD Duplicator

Do you make copies of CDs for distribution regularly? Read on and discover some of the features that you should pay attention to when shopping for a duplicator to reduce the cost of duplicating your CDs.

Cost Per CD

Compare different CD duplicators in terms of how much it would cost you to duplicate each CD. It is advisable to select the model/brand with the most affordable cost for each CD made. The product literature often provides the metrics that you can use to calculate the unit cost in case this information isn't provided directly.

Resolution Quality

It is also essential for you to find out the quality of the resolution (measured in dots per inch, dpi) for each CD duplicator on the market. Select the machine with the highest print resolution because such a machine will duplicate video CDs or DVDs that will have a high picture quality.

Disc Capacity

The production rate of CD duplications is influenced by the disc capacity of that machine. Duplicators with a smaller disc capacity will produce fewer CDs each hour when compared to duplicators with a higher disc capacity. Assess your needs and select the disc capacity that would address your needs. For example, it may be unnecessary for you to get a CD duplicator whose disc capacity is 150 when you only need to make 50 copies each week. A CD duplicator with a 50-disc capacity would be sufficient for your needs.

The Footprint

Always assess the physical footprint of the different CD duplicators. Your office is likely to have several pieces of equipment, such as printers and computers. Adding another piece of equipment to what you already have can reduce the available space further. It is therefore wise to pay attention to the dimensions of the CD duplicators that are available. Select a duplicator that will fit within the space that you have available.


Some CD duplicators have only one drive while others have multiple drives. Getting a machine with more than one drive can increase the production rate of the duplicator. The additional drive or drives can also come in handy when one of the drives becomes defective. It may, therefore, be better to buy a duplicator with more than one drive so that you are shielded from the risks that are associated with the single drive getting problems and bringing work to a halt.

Consider outsourcing your CD duplication services in case the volume of work available doesn't justify the capital outlay needed to get your own duplicator.