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What makes a pressing sound different from a master?
Old 7th June 2006
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What makes a pressing sound different from a master?

How much variation is there in the "pressing" process these days with regard to Cd's should one NOT expect the replication to sound EXACTLY like the master?
Old 7th June 2006
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While a CDR and a pressed CD may (???) contain bit-4-bit identical information , if you were to look at them under a microscope they would look different (i think)........so there's the possibility that the difference in the physical shape/size/depth of the pits (and also the geometry of the disk itself) could create different ammount of jitter (correct word?) and errors on different CD players (compared to the original burnt CDR).......whether this is reality or not i couldn't tell you.

There's also a psychological aspect to this. The way it could work, for instance, would be that someone might read this thread, then a while later receive their pressed CD from the plant......they could then convince themselves that it somehow sounds different from the original CDR master (or reference) CD.
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