Originally Posted by Don Quichotte
I'm afraid it's not a matter of having golden ears, the difference is quite audible (even on low quality CD players if the headphones or speakers are very good). The copy is bit perfect, true, but has more jitter than the original. Every CD writer, even every kind of CDR organic substance (at least between cyanine and phtalocyanine, on my CD player) has a different sound signature because of the different amount, type, pattern or whatever of JITTER. Check out the Bob Katz' articles on www.digitaldomain.com
(I think) for a more in-depth explanation.
Well, it's certainly not audible to me (ripped to PC or directly through CD transport, to Pepetual Tech p3A DAC, to Stax Lambda Sig Pros). I can't pretend to understand jitter - but from my limited knowledge I don't see why a CDR should introduce more of it than an original. In any case, some components, such as the Perpetual Technologies P1A virtually eliminate jitter from the chain. Furthermore, there is also debate about whether jitter really does effect the audible quality of the signal at all.
It would appear that is not the correct link.
I would be keen to know whether other people here can detect a difference between a CD original and CDR, preferably under blind conditions.