[QUOTE=negritude;2475704]There’s your problem right there. The best drive isn’t always currently available or in production.[/QUOTE]
I have Benq 1640 and 1655, but those are mechanically wearing out. If they are the ‘best’, I suppose one could look around for so-called “new-old-stock” replacements, as on eBay.
You want the best CD ripper? You need a Plextor Premium. Those aren’t currently available, so try to find a used one on eBay or a new Plextor Premium II for about $150-$200…
Hmm… can you provide a link/source that supports the claim that certain Plextors are best for CD ripping. (I’ve usually assumed that Plextors – at best – are/were “merely” rebadged drives from other manufs, [I]but [/I]with an excellent software suite). See this HydrogenAudio thread. [QUOTE=negritude;2475704]You want the best DVD ripper? A Samsung or Lite-On will do the job well. Avoid the Lite-Ons which are rebadged Sony/Optiarcs (you’ll need to do some research to learn which is which. The models change seemingly each day).
You want the best playback? See the best rippers above.[/QUOTE]
Okay â€¦ after some very quick research here may be the â€œbestâ€ CD/DVD burners/drives ca. late 2009:
â€œHotâ€ (Most Popular) Optical Drives (non BD) at CDR Labs:
Manuf. and models:
SATA: Plextor 24x DVD Writers - PX-880SA and PX-880U (same as LiteOn iHAS424 minus excellent software suite?)
LiteOn iHAS424 or iHAS423
Sony-NEC: Sony-Optiarc-AD-7240S SATA:
Samsung Model SH-S223B SATA: