MasterBash wrote:I read somewhere that dvd burners are generally not as good as dedicated cd burners for music, but that might not be true?
Drives can be good or bad depending on all sorts of things, and the opinion that a CD-RW burner must be better than a DVD burner at burning CD media is quite common. I don't entirely agree with that opinion, however.
The best drive you could buy for burning CD-R media would probably be the Plextor PlexWriter Premium2 which is a dedicated CD-R(W) drive and 3-4 times more expensive than other consumer drives. I don't have this drive myself.
I generally find that my BenQ DW1655 (hard to get), NEC ND-4551A (very hard to get) and Pioneer DVR-111 (easy to get) are very good CD burners, provided that I don't burn CD-R media at too high a speed.
For Audio CDs I suggest you burn at 16x or slower to achieve lowest possible BLER (error rate) and Jitter. If you are prepared to perform quality scans of your media, then you may be able to determine a more exact optimum than this rule of thumb.
And remember to use high quality CD-R media such as e.g. Taiyo Yuden or Verbatim.