mp3 quality vs CD vs CD-R sound quality
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Michael Oster
F7 Sound and Vision's Michael Oster has been known to drift off into inner space while listening to all kinds of bizarre sounds. His excuse is that it's "research".

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CD-R versus CD. No Problem
MP3 better than CD? Not Quite.

cd-r versus cd releases

There is no sound quality difference between a CD-R and a factory replicated CD. In fact, the mastered audio files that I burn my CD-R titles from would be the same audio files that I'd send on a CD-R to a replication plant for a mass production CD run.

Releasing on CD-R costs me more per unit, but it allows me to offer more titles because I don't have to pay the huge amount in up-front costs to a replication plant to create runs of 1000 units or more (anything in smaller numbers isn't cost-effective).

Also, releasing on CD-R means that I burn the CDs as I sell them and it saves me from having to store thousands of replicated CDs in inventory.

I quality check every CD-R before I ship them.

Even though professionally replicated CDs are checked at the factory, there are still times that a "dud" makes it out the door.

My CD-R releases don't have the pretty artwork that factory replicated CDs have, but the people that purchase my recordings generally aren't interested in the artwork - it's the sound quality that matters the most.

Mp3 quality is better than CD quality

This is a myth! Mp3 is a form of data compression which is used to greatly reduce download times for audio files. All things being equal, CD quality is going to sound better than mp3, even 320kbps mp3s have a significant amount of data reduction from the standard CD audio.

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