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Do I want a quote for Duplication or for Replication?


Whats the difference?

Well there are two methods of manufacturing CDs, DVDs and Blu-Rays.

Duplication refers to ‘burning’ data to recordable media such as CD-R, DVD-R and BD-R.

Replication is a manufacturing process that actually pressing the data using a ‘glass master’.

Replicated discs are the standard for major commercial releases and large volume runs but Duplication has two key benefits over Replication – ‘Turnaround Time’ and ‘Setup Costs’.

As Duplicated media does not rely on producing a Glass Master it is not only cheaper to produce for short runs, but it is also significantly faster for smaller runs as it is possible to start production immediately.


In summary…
  • Duplication is ideally suited to smaller runs of up to around 500 units or perhaps even 1000 units when turnaround time is the key factor.
  • Replication on the other hand is most suited to orders that are at least 500 units or more (to justify the setup costs involved) and when deadline is not of paramount importance.
  • Disc Factory’s instant Duplication Quote system caters for our short-run duplication service whereas our Replication Quote Page is for customers who require a Replication Service.
  • When 500 – 1000 units are required either method is suitable and turnaround time or packaging choices normally become the determining factor.