How do I record music from my dvr audio outputs to useable cd's. Obviously, I don't want the video.
If I buy a dvd recorder and burn a disk, will it play on my older car cd player or will the format be wrong? I would think my cd player is mp3. I don't know what format dvd recorders put out. They seem to tell what format they will play but not what what they make.
Or would I need a cd recorder instead?
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Although they look alike CDs, mp3 CDs and DVDs are very different creatures.
If you can capture the sound from your DVR to your sound card, you can burn an audio CD using built-in windows functions. Standalone CD recorders are very expensive because there is very little demand.
I don't know how old your car cd player is, but in any case the standard cd format is not mp3. It's uncompressed PCM WAV files. Generally all CD players will also play mp3 format but if your car cd deck is old enough it may not play it. I doubt that though.
The best thing would be to look up the format or just output a file and open that in mediainfo.
One thing I'd be looking for is the audio sample rate. For CDs its 44.1KHz, and therefore also for most ripped mp3s. But for video it's generally 48KHz. I don't think a CD player would work with 48K. So you'd probably be looking at conversion.
Audio resampling doesn't do any favors for your audio quality but if that's the only way to get the tune ...
I don't know of a single DVD recorder or DVR that burns to CD, and since your player only plays CDs (whether AudioCDs or mp3 data CDs), you're going to have to do it a different way...
Since almost EVERY settop & dvr I've ever seen still includes ANALOG stereo audio outs (via RCA or 1/8" mini plug), you can always go Digital->Analog->Digital (via PC's soundcard, such as smrpix suggests). Yes, even though this does slightly lose some quality (which I'm usually harping about), for audio, this is a pretty straightforward & painless way to go.
Then you don't need to worry about SRC(sample rate conversion), because you can set the PC sample rate to be 44.1kHz, 16bit, stereo, LPCM (which is probably its default anyway). The resulting files can easily be "authored" and burned to Audio CD.
Remember that since LPCM uses more bitrate (~8x-12x what mp3s usually are), so you can only get ~74-79 minutes on a disc (use running time, not filesize here).
I had a liteon dvd recorder that could record to audio cds. It might have even had the ability to burn vcds.
OK, I appreciate the help so far, sorry I wasn't clear. There will be no PC involvement. I either buy a dvd recorder or a cd recorder. ONLY two options, if one of them works. I would rather buy a dvd recorder so I could use it for other things too. The sales people can't answer what the output is and the specs on the box don't spell it out. My cd player seems to play any cd I put in it, store bought or friend made. Won't play audio (error code) if I put in a dvd. Specs don't say much, 44.1 khz sampling, 16 linear quantization bits. I'm thinking if it won't play audio from a dvd, the dvd recorder idea won't work either and I'll have to buy a cd recorder. CD recorders all seem to have audio input jacks, I just wonder if the dvr output audio jacks will be correct to cd recorder. I would think they're simple analog and work fine???Thanks, Don