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Zone-CLV or Partial CAV (Yamaha)?

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Does it really matter which type a cdwriter uses? I plan to burn databackups, games, video files, and audio cds? Is there a difference in the quality of the burn? i know the Z-CLV uses Burnproof or the other similar methods to write the cd. Does it matter or should i go with the Z-CLV drives since there're cheaper than the yamaha drives.

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Yamahas do have that Audiomaster burning mode, its slower speed and reduces capacity, but is supposed to yield higher quality audio.

The gaps left by current ZoneCLV writers is supposed to be imperceptibly small; 1-2 um or less. I have a 20x Ricoh, the Z-CLV mode is fine for data, I've never used it for audio. It only uses 2 zones though.. some 24x and all 24x+ speed writers use 3 or more, not sure if that ends up degrading things.

http://www.cdrlabs.com probably has more discussion on the topic, and in their reviews.

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