Advice on CD-R purchase


I am ready to take the plunge into the wonderful world of CD burning. I have been researching the different models and their pro's and con's. I think I have settled on an HHB CDR-850 or a Fostex CR-300. Has anybody purchased one of these units? I am looking to get a good deal on a new one (I know-who isn't) or even a used one in good condition. Ebay is out of the question--the bids go way higher than most dealers will sell for. Can anybody recommend a dealer or know of a used pro audio classified site. Thanks for any help.
mouse516d
One comment I have read is that the dedicated units sometimes are defeated by copyright markings on CD's. The computer based units do not suffer from this because you have more control via software. You should not see any difference between a CD-R burned by a computer verses an audio component. Some CD players cannot read CD-R's, and most cannot read CD-RW's. Also, be aware that the music that you download from the net is generally in lower quality MPEG format. You can burn this music to CDR, but it will also be of diminished quality.
Are you using this to burn analog from Mic's or other analog sources ?
One comment I have read is that the dedicated units sometimes are defeated by copyright markings on CD's. The computer based units do not suffer from this because you have more control via software. You should not see any difference between a CD-R burned by a computer verses an audio component. Some CD players cannot read CD-R's, and most cannot read CD-RW's. Also, be aware that the music that you download from the net is generally in lower quality MPEG format. You can burn this music to CDR, but it will also be of diminished quality.
Mouse: You can get an HHB player from Uncles Stereo in NYC via mail order. I have one and It works great. It can bypass SCMS and you can use regular computer (cheaper) discs. It only works at 1X speed, but it does work well and is of good quality. I think the unit is actually made by Pioneer to HHB specs. HHB stuff is generally well regarded. My recollection is that I paid either $1,050 or 1,150 for the unit, new, plus shipping ABye
go with a tascam CDR 700. manufacturer doesn't advertise but you can defeat the shareware so that SCMS is not active (i.e. digital to digital ad infinitum)--should set you back $500. american-digital.com oade.com (where i got mine) good luck ryan
HHB is the better unit. However, I believe the new pro Tascam A-D has apogee's uv22 processing. Also, As I have said in the past, buy a pro unit. 1) No SCMS 2) Able to use computer grade CD's at a lower cost.
If you decide to go with a consumer deck you can bypass the SCMS copy code with a product from Midiman called the C03. It has coaxial,Toslink and AES/EBU digital in and outs. It can also be used as a format convertor between the coaxial,toslink, and AES/EBU. They sell new for around $175.
I made a mistake about the model of the CDR that came with uv22. It is the yamaha cdr1000. This is the real deal in CDR's, albeit, more money than the HHB. If you can swing it, go for it.