then it's down to the D>A converter you plug it in! Besides PC drives are in general not optimised to play audio!
PS: People like me are marginalized as well when we talk in other forums about the(incredibles) differences between a file (like .WAV) being played through the CD, LAN or Hard Disk or with one or another program.
I do hear the difference between HD, LAN and CD. It's in general not huge (though it can be in some instances), but it's there. From HD for example it's 100% normal, it's down to the soundcard quality, THIS can be heard very easily with good and attentive ears. Just like the difference in sound between several Audio CD players.
Different CDRs in the same (reasonably good) Audio CD player, though, is not the same story. I've conducted lots of tests and they confirmed what double blind studies showed: most of the differences heard are "placebo".
But depending on the D/A and audio chain, in some instances yes you can have real differences. In your case, if you use a PC drive as the transport and plug the SPDIF to a D/A converter, depending on this DAC and the characteristics of the drive, I'm not suprised that you can have strange things happening! :iagree: I don't think it's a good way to perform listening tests. Better use a dedicated, Hi-Fi audio CD player.
Now to your original question, I've searched a bit and CD jitter-wise, the best DVD burners seem to be the NEC 4550/4551. But maybe you should simply buy a dedicated CD burner, the LiteOn and Plextor are always top-notch.