Will there be any difference in sound quality in a cd burned on an audio recorder vs. one done on a home computer, assuming you use the same speed? To take it one step further, will there be any noticeable difference in a cd burned on a computer at 4x vs. one done at 16x or 32x?
I have found that home audio recorders that are used with digital audio blank disc tend to play on more equipment that the data only computer types. Just my experiece...very unscientific.
I also experienced many errors in CD copies recorded at 4X on Philips audio equipment, but OK at 2X. I since got rid of the Philips in favor of Sony. The Sony copies more reliably at 4X, but will only do so when copying an entire CD. Making a compilation CD has to be done at 1X.
If making a CD from a analog source, the audio-specific equipment will do a better job, unless you have a really good audio card in your PC. My wife got a new iMAC, and I was surprised at the reliability of it's audio CD burns, at 8x.
After you've hooked up a cd recorder to a stereo receiver and plugged in your turntable into the receiver do you select "phono" or "tape" as the source (on the reveiver). The recorder (RCA 121) has no control to select the source to be recorded, other than analog, digital or optical. With things hooked up this way is the receiver or the recorder acting as the "monitor" and not actually controlling the recording process? Thanks for some clarification... Mike
Yes, there can be a difference with recorded CDs. Some CDs (not in the US usually) have copy protection in them which is a series of bad sectors which cause an ordinary CD player's error correction to come into play, but which really mess up a computer drive most of the time.
If you manage to record one of these, you will get a shorter play time. Also, you will more than likely get a better sounding CD since it doesn't have the crap in it!
You can get different results with different speeds too. I recall a particular brand of CD player saying that its player would not be able to play any CD-Rs recorded at more than 4X speed.