What Size Disc Duplicator is Right for Your Company?

By · Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

What Size Disc Duplicator is Right for Your CompanyWhen shopping for a standalone disc duplicator tower, it’s easy to become overwhelmed by the different types and sizes of machines available. This can be a daunting task, especially for a first-time buyer.

Duplicators also come in a wide range of prices, from as low as $149 for a 1-drive unit up to $2,299 for an 11-drive Blu-ray tower. That may sound like a lot, especially if you work for a small company or are self-employed. However, there’s more to buying a DVD duplicator than just price. The key is to buy the right machine for your needs.

Start by doing a quick evaluation of your needs. How many discs do you need to copy in a week, a month, or in a year? Companies and organizations such as churches that do a lower volume of copies often find that a smaller machine suits their needs best. For example, a disc duplicator tower that produces 3 or 5 copies at a time may be perfect for their needs, and at the right price.

Larger companies and organizations may need a larger machine to handle a higher volume of copies. Those who need to produce 100 or more discs per month may find a 7, 9, 0r 11 drive tower suits their needs best.

However, there’s more to shopping for a duplicator tower than just price. Take a moment to consider what other features you might need. Do you want a machine with or without an internal hard drive? Having a hard drive is a great way to archive and store copies of your master discs inside the machine for future use. If you know this is something you will not need, buying a tower without a hard drive (such as an AV Pro Ultra duplicator) can save you some cash.

Another option is LightScribe printing. LightScribe towers have special drives which can etch your artwork on to the surface of LightScribe-compatible CD and DVD discs. After creating the artwork on your computer, simply burn the artwork file (called an .LSI file) to a CD-R disc and load it into the duplicator. The drives will then etch your artwork onto each of the blank discs.

Like the internal hard drive in the example above, adding or removing the LightScribe functionality from a tower will adjust the price up or down by a small degree. It all depends on whether you need that functionality or whether you plan to print discs using another means, such as inkjet or thermal.

Finally, another option is a Blu-ray duplicator. Do you need a machine that can duplicate your high-def Blu-ray discs in large quantities? If so, a Blu-ray duplicator may be right for you! These machines are also backwards compatible with CD and DVD discs.

Once you determine your needs, the right size tower for your company will become evident. If you still have questions, please call and speak with one of our knowledgable and helpful sales representatives! Our toll-free number is (877) 992-3766. We’re here to help!

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