Quality CD Recorders

I am looking to buy a good quality CD recorder. My budget is about $500 for a used one or $750 for something new. I want this to record my favorite CDs and songs mostly for car listening but for gifts and home as well. What recorders are quality with excellent detailing of the music in this price range.
Try the Alesis- it is great.
Ljgj is right on! Alesis Masterlink 9600 is great. Far superior to the quality of cd's I use to burn on my Mac.
If you want a small, half-size CD Recorder that makes great CDs from analog for around $325, try the Tascam CD-RW4U. 20 bit, records on any type of CD media, SCMS defeatable, Remote control, and even sounds decent as a stand-alone player. If you want something better, the Tascam CD-R700 is 24 bit with balanced analog in & out for around $450. The CD-R2000 Tascam adds AES/EBU In & out for around $550. Details at:
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Any specific questions, feel free to e-mail me - I use the CD-R4U a lot for analog transfers. It's as easy as a cassette deck to use, and makes outstanding CDs. It also has a USB interface and can be hooked up to a Mac or PC as a stand-alone CD Burner!
If you don't want to spend for the Alesis, and don't require a burner equipped with a hard-drive, consider the British-designed, Asian-built HHB CDR-830 BurnIT. I got mine for $550 new discounted, and it does sound superior to the mass-market brand competition. This is a pro studio unit, and will accept the less-expensive computer blank media and ignore copy restrictions, but is sold through pro-sound retailers only. I found my best price online, then printed it and took it back to my local dealer (list is $850, I believe), and have had no problems with it since I bought it. You can read what amounts to my 'review' of it before Audiogon officially had reviews:


Respondents to that thread also discussed some other good machines. Since then, Yamaha has introduced a very interesting-looking new machine which I've seen on their website, one that does feature an internal hard-drive for geater ease of track-compiling and -editing, but is not a pro unit and so lacks those attendent benefits. I don't recall where the price on this one falls, but FWIW it actually has quite a bit more storage capacity for both music and playlists than even the Alesis, this despite the latter's interem software and hard-drive update. If I were buying over again, I personally would be willing to pay more and look at one of the hard-drive equipped machines (which were not available yet when I bought my HHB, who unfortunately don't offer one at this time) as long as I didn't have to sacrifice sound quality, and from what I've read the Alesis could certainly fit that bill. I've been thinking about trying one out on audition, so maybe I'll wind up selling my beloved HHB before too long... :-)
The mother-of-all-cdr-machines is no longer in production, but pops up used once in a while. The HHB CDR-800.
I can highly recommend the Marantz CDR-500 Pro-- MSRP $850., but street price under your new max. price. I got mine from www.bswusa.com Seattle/Tacoma, WA. Cheers. Craig