A new CD-ROM/RW Writer is needed - pls help me

vbimport

#1

Hi mates!

My old Yamaha CRW3200E writer done its work perfect, but nowadays it got some problems with new high speed media (also with HQ media like TY/Plextor).

Would be nice if you give me some hints and trust me - I’m not searching for ANY writer, because then I would not spam in here. I’m a little perfectionist, so be patient with me :bigsmile:

My requirements:
*) PERFECT audio writing (I’m archiving the CDs - live concerts)
*) Speed is NOT important - only the error rate (zero ? :p)
*) 90 / 99 min. Media should be writeable
*) The drive should not have major problems with copy protected CDs
*) CD-RW, Mount Rainer, Audio Master Quality Recording is not important.
[AGAIN: Errorless audio writing is the major requirement]

I “learnt” to burn as slow as possible (that was ages ago and correct). Nowadays I read more and more, that I shouldn’t whine when a writer can’t burn lower than 8x, but I’m still skeptic if overburning at 8x is as errorless like with 2x or 4x ?!? What do the specialists think? If it helps - I’m currently using TY branded Plextor 48x blanks and also got some old school 24x Verbatim Data Life Plus, Super Azo discs.

Thanks for all hints,
cheers
OLLi
PS: What does the community think about the Mitsumi CR-485GTE CD-ReWriter?


#2

I’m also happy with links to some review sites like:
CDR-Info and cdfreaks.com.

Thanks


#3

silly question maybe but have you tried upgrading your drives firmware ?


#4

Originally posted by xpr-k
silly question maybe but have you tried upgrading your drives firmware ?

Just wondering which question is silly, but as u might know, Yamaha stopped the CD-R writer production …
Cause: NO firmware updates?

Thanks anyway and sorry for asking for help to find a good CD writer,
cheers
Mr. Silly


#5

twas silly cause from your initial post i got the impression you know loads more cd-writers then yours truly ;] . Ide go for a lite-on cause they got great reputation , good fw support and generally very well documented (just look at these forums) . Also i’m not sure why youde wanna burn at such low speeds . I’m guessing if you use A-grade media at lets say 40 speed with the latest liteon drives youde still get better quality then a pressed cd .

ps: you asked for the specialists opinion , this is deffo not that


#6

Originally posted by xpr-k
[B]i’m not sure why youde wanna burn at such low speeds . I’m guessing if you use A-grade media at lets say 40 speed with the latest liteon drives youde still get better quality then a pressed cd .

ps: you asked for the specialists opinion , this is deffo not that [/B]

Some of the specialists are busy with helping me out in the Newbies section :wink:

Well - have you ever sent a self burned CDR to a company for mass production? They might send the CDR back and say - “we are not going to duplicate error polluted CDRs - reburn it on a high quality media as slow as possible (they recommended to use 1x speed and special blanks)”. That is an excerpt of what my friend was told about one year ago.


#7

I would say: Plextor Premium.

With this burner you can adjust the laser power for better audio quality (something called VariREC, if my memory is correct).

See a review here at CDRInfo, here at CDRLabs and here at CDFreaks.


#8

I have the liteon 52x32x52, and also the 52x34x52. i would recommend the 52x32x52 over the older model. When burning discs, I sometimes get errors at 52x, but at 40x the problems disappear on multiple brands of 48x and 52x certified media. I read a few months ago that the newer, faster drives get the lowest error rates at about 16 to 24x, not at 1x. While my experience would confirm it, I don’t have definitive data to prove it. Good luck with whatever you choose.


#9

Plextor is too expensive for me and so I bought a LiteOn LTR-52327S today.

Everyone who purchased a new LTR-52327S should read this BEFORE flashing the firmware.

Thanks for all hints and suggestions - I only needed a link like that with a huge review archive: cdrlabs.com!