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Disc-copying towers invite Blu-ray to the party

Disc Makers, a manufacturer of CD and DVD duplicators, has launched its first Blu-ray compatible tower duplicators.

Now that the era of the Blu-ray Disc is here, the era of Blu-ray Disc copying and swapping is upon us as well. The next-generation optical discs have five times more storage capacity than DVDs (single-layer BD-Rs hold up to 25 gigabytes, dual-layer BD-Rs up to 50 gigs), so if you're itching to share, say, moment-by-moment footage of your son's entire winning soccer season with your 50 closest friends, you're gonna want an easy way to do some assembly line duplicating.

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Disc Makers, a manufacturer of CD and DVD duplicators, just launched its first Blu-ray compatible tower duplicators, the ReflexBlu2 and ReflexBlu4. The products let users create, edit and reproduce a whole lot of customized Blu-ray Discs DVD-Rs, and CD-Rs, all in one piece of equipment.

The ReflexBlu2, priced at $2,999, can duplicate 2 full BD-Rs per hour, 4 full DVD-Rs per hour and 7 full CD-Rs per hour. The higher-priced ReflexBlu4, which goes for $4,999, can copy 4 full BD-Rs per hour, 8 full DVD-Rs per hour and 14 full CD-Rs per hour. Each unit also includes a complete disc creation software suite, USB connectivity allowing access to one drive for mastering and playback, and a 250GB hard drive that can store up to 9 full BD images.

The competitive but ample price tags make the towers a more likely purchase for offices, but hard-core home media types who just can't churn out enough copies of their favorite albums and films could get their money's worth, as well.