The Portland FolkMusic Society is in the final stages of producing our own CD of members' performances. The issue of replication vs. duplication has come up and I'm not having much success in finding the advantages and disadvantages of each method of producing the final discs. One website says this:
Replicated discs (often referred to as pressed discs) are created in a manufacturing process that starts with raw materials like polycarbonate, and involves physically pressing your data into the surface of the disc. Duplicated discs (often referred to as burned discs) encode your data onto a specially manufactured disc by burning microscopic holes into the dye layer of a recordable CD or DVD. Replicated discs are the standard for major commercial releases; however, duplicated discs have lots of advantages, too.
I've heard that the duplicated or burned discs are more fragile than the replicated or pressed ones, but they seem to be less expensive.
Any informed opinions about the advantages or disadvantages of either method?