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Precision CD Burning

I thought that I was demanding about the conditions under which I would burn a CD-R, but this guy takes the cake. E.g.:
Unplug all other devices except what is absolutely necessary. The computer will regularly poll all devices to check that they are working, gather data, etc. This also interrupts the writing process. I have found that plugging in a USB mouse and moving it around while the disc is being written with a USB CD writer makes the sound "edgier" and gives an unnatural hardness and grain to cymbals.
The paper goes on to describe the steps this guy takes to minimize the vibrations that his external burner would normally encounter.

I tip my hat to this fellow and his quest for precision burning. And I take comfort in knowing that there's someone who's more ... concerned ... about this kind of thing than I am.

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naqerj
Mar. 8th, 2004 10:58 am (UTC)
It is an axiom that there will always be someone who is worse than you. :)


virtual
Mar. 8th, 2004 12:59 pm (UTC)
If there is such a problem with a USB writer, maybe it is time to switch to an internal or Firewire/1394 writer? :)

It concerns me that the author of this PDF (I skimmed through most of it) believes that "black" CD-Rs sound better than others when burning from the same audio source data. Um, if its the same digital data, the output should be the same on the same player... I have to wonder if "better" really means that the player is having such a hard time with the media that the error correction of the player is making the audio sound more "musical" as it desperately tries to make sense of the audio data it is having difficulties reading. Either that or the author has the opposite problem, i.e. the "black" CD-Rs are better quality (and thus play back more reliably) than the crapware CD-Rs he has been using otherwise. :)
ccohoon
Mar. 8th, 2004 01:08 pm (UTC)
I wonder how much of this is in the head.
drmellow
Mar. 8th, 2004 01:26 pm (UTC)
I suspect that a large part of this fellow's research is based on the fact that he makes a living selling hi-fi equipment. If he can create a market for stuff that "sounds better," he'll sell more of his product.

HST, I don't doubt that some people can dell a difference in the different CD-R blanks. I'm just not one of those people.
ccohoon
Mar. 8th, 2004 01:55 pm (UTC)
Yeah, I was wondering a little about how much that influenced his research. I can't tell the difference either, but I'm not running on a hi-fi system. I'm glad I can't tell the difference, because I think that would get annoying to be focusing on the quality of production instead of the quality of music. To each his own.
sidelobe
Mar. 9th, 2004 04:08 am (UTC)
This guy is an idiot. Worse, he's a leader of a whole group of idiots. There's a whole subculture of audiophiles who consider the reproduction of sound to be a form of alchemy. Science doesn't matter. Engineering doesn't matter. No amount of reason will dissuade them.

"Tube amplifiers are far superior to transistor amplifiers."

"CDs sound harsh, I'll stick to vinyl. Has to be virgin vinyl."

Now it's black CDs.

As much as these folks claim to understand sound and vibration, they insist on suspending their turntables from devices that will completely foul things up, or do nothing at all. They'll get better results from putting the turntable in another room.

Like the statue of Don Quixote next to one of his loyal followers, this dude is tilting at windmills. And like our Man of la Mancha, he's incapable of listening to the reason so charitably passed on to him by learned people he claims to respect.
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