Two disc CDR suggestions

I'd like to make my own compilations from both cd and vinyl. Not looking for the absolute best, just good fun at a good price. Thanks.
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Well, I have a Sony RCD-W1 that does a good job. The RCD-W1 was Sony's first 2-drawer CD copier, and I think they did a pretty good job with its design. It has two drawers, 24-bit DAC's, has a headphone jack with volume control, and it will accept several inputs including analog. I've compared the discs I copied to the originals, and thought the copies were pretty darned close to the original. MSRP on this unit is $600, but J&R Music (New York City) and several major chains are currently selling this machine for around $280-300.

Before I bought the Sony RCD-W1, I looked at a unit by Phillips, but decided on the Sony because it was the more recent product brought to market. One of our regulars on this forum, "Garfish", has a professional quality CD recorder/copier that he likes very much, and his unit offers features that the Sony RCD-W1 does not.

The real question here is how much copying are you going to do, do you need to "rip" CD's (my Sony does not provide for "ripping"), and how critical are you of the sound quality of the copied CD? If your demands are modest, then a regular consumer model CD copier should be fine.
You might want to look into the Marantz CDR 500 - it's a
professional dual well (1 Play & 1 Record) CD recorder.
I've used mine in a commercial studio environment for
nearly a year with no problems of any kind. It has RCA
and XLR analog inputs, as well as coax and toslink digital
inputs. The SCMS feature can be turned on or off as needed.
This item is normally stocked by professional audio
dealers - street price is about $625.00 or so - maybe less
if you shop around.
Marantz CDR-500
I've now used/owned 4-5 consumer grade CD recorders, but recently acquired the Marantz professional CDR500 ($850. list, $675. paid) and consider it clearly a step up from the others in build quality and ease of use. It does have the two drawer "dubbing" system, which I definitely wanted. But, I'd have to admit that it doesn't make any better sounding copies that the less expensive consumer jobs. I can highly recommend the Marantz. Cheers. Craig.
I suggest you go for a computer based CD-R system. I got a Digital Labs Card Deluxe for under $400 and it sounds great. The sound quality may be comparable to the above mentioned machines, but the flexibility for doing vinyl is a major plus. You can record at 24/96. You can denoise and depop the recording. If you are doing several different sources on one target cd, you can normalize all tracks so they have the same rms gain and you can break a vinyl or other recording into separate tracks very easily. Also, if and when the software for converting computer wav files to DVD-A ever becomes available, you will have what you need to master DVD-A discs.
I've got a cheap TDK unit that seems to work pretty good. You can catch these on sale at Best Buy with rebates for something like $250 or so. While it lacks the balanced inputs of the much more costly Marantz mentioned above, i've made copies of reference quality discs with what seems to be pretty good luck. I'm basing this on feedback from some of the folks that have listened to copies that i've made using this machine. So far, everyone has thought that they turned out quite well.

I picked this unit based on the quality and reliability of the TDK computer based burners. As far as i know, they were the first on the market with "ultra high speed" burners and "buffers" that could burn at 24X and not turn out a bunch of "coasters". I was hoping that some of that "know-how" might have been transferred over. It is anybody's guess if their audio burners and computer burners are even made by the same company though. Either way, it has worked reliably so far.

I will admit that there have been a few burns that were distinguishable from the original. These were some of the first "dubs" that i had made, so maybe the machine had to break in a little bit. Either way, i had done a "blind" listening test with my brother as the "judge". I used the original store bought disc, one "good" burn and what i thought was a "bad" burn. I proceeded to play one specific cut off of each disc and mixed them up at random. While he was able to identify the "bad" burn every time, he could not tell the other copy from the original at all.

The main differences between the master and the bad burn was a lack of air, loss of harmonic structure and reduction of prat. Everything sounded slightly rolled on top and slowed down. We were both in agreement in every aspect of these findings. As such, i would probably burn a few discs for fun and to become familiar with how it works first and THEN do some serious recording.

Keep in mind that audio based burners take different ( slightly more expensive ) blank discs than puter based burners. While my recordings were done using whatever type of media ( in terms of brand name ) i could find on sale at the time, all of my future burns will be made using Mitsui Gold's once i deplete the supplies that i currently have on hand. Those discs supposedly last the longest with the least amount of problems. Sean
Do a forum search in digital on "HHB" to see my longish review of the BurnIt 830 vs. the Marantz CDR-500. I too was looking for a dual-well machine, but opted for the single-well HHB. If you already have a decent CD player or tansport/DAC, I think you'll find that the burners are no substitute for any of these, and will want to keep it. Before my audition of the burners, I thought one would suffice for my transport, especially with a jitter box in between. Now I just use it for recording, but it stays out of my playback chain. Therefore, my "second well" for recording CD's is my (upgraded from the player mentioned in my review) dedicated transport (a Theta Pearl, with everything going through a Monarchy DIP to a Theta DSPro Basic IIIa). Of course, this means no 2X dubbing, but I chose this path based primarily on sound quality.
Zaikesman brings up an interesting point: Do you also want to use the CD-R as a CD player? I did not, but my limited experimenting with the CDR500 as a transport indicates that the recorder side of the machine sounds better than the "play" side-- don't know why that would be the case, but I've noticed it several times while just dong "test playback".

BTW, during playback, I just use the '500 as a transport. I connect it via Cardas Lightning cable to a ML 360S DAC. But even then, my ML 37 transport sounds better. To me the CDR500 is just a good CD recorder. Cheers. Craig
I've read and heard very good things about NAD's dual tray burner.
I know for me, I want accurate copies more than anything else and have been shopping around, so this thread is helpful. I saw the Marantz mentioned above on sale at my loca dealer for $569.....