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Printing Your Own CDRs With Ink

What Is The Difference Between The Epson Models 900 And 960?

Before we delve into printing CDRs with the Epson Stylus Photo 900 and Stylus Photo 960, it might be helpful to get an idea of the differences between the two printers.

Stylus Photo 900Stylus Photo 960
Printing TechnologyAdvanced Micro Piezo, optimized for photo printingAdvanced Micro Piezo, optimized for photo printing
Nozzle ConfigurationMonochrome head: 48 nozzles, Color head: 48 nozzles x 5 (CcMmY)Monochrome head: 192 nozzles, Color head: 96 nozzles (per color)
Ink Palette6 colors (CcMmYK)6 colors (CcMmYK)
Ink Cartridge ConfigurationOne black cartridge and one color (CcMmY) cartridgeIndividual ink cartridges
Maximum Resolution (dots per inch)5760 x 720 optimized dpi2880 x 1440 dpi
Print Speed - Black TextUp to 9 PPMUp to 8 PPM (360 dpi mode)
CDR Print Speed - Using THG Color Test CDR - Epson Bundled Print CD Software4:143:18
Printer LanguageEPSON ESC/P Raster, EPSON RemoteEPSON ESC/P Raster, EPSON Remote
Input Buffer256K256K
Direct CD / DVD Printing SupportYesYes
Straight through paper path for thicker mediaYesYes
Interface and ConnectivityUSB/Parallel (IEEE 1284)USB/Parallel (IEEE 1284)
WarrantyOne YearOne Year
Price$199 US$349 US

Several noticeable differences are apparent between the Epson 900 and the 960 beyond the obvious price difference. The two that we found important to focus on are the difference in resolution between the 900 and 960, as well as the difference in ink configuration between the 900 and 960.

The Epson Stylus Photo 900

During our testing, we found that the resolution between the two units isn't as much of a factor as one might think. Most users know that in order to achieve good results at the highest printing resolutions, ink jet printers require high resolution paper that can handle more ink without the bleed normally associated with most normal paper stock. Since ink jet printable CDRs have a somewhat limited range as to the amount of ink that can be absorbed on the media, the highest resolution setting should not be used. By using the included software, some tuning and adjustments can be made to the amount of ink and brightness/darkness of the ink that is being placed onto the CDR.