Best drives for: EAC ripping, error immunity, CD playback, DVD ripping

vbimport

#1

Which currently-available drive(s) (and/or burners) are best for:

  • EAC (exact Audio Copy) CD ripping

  • CD (music, audio-only) playback, with respect to error correction and immunity to physical disc defects

  • DVD ripping (e.g. using tools such as DVD Fab)

  • DVD (video) playback with respect to error correction and immunity to physical disc defects

I haven’t gone thru all the drives/models and/or brand-specific reviews/comments yet on this (and other) sites/forums/etc. to come up with solid, purchase-decision-making choices. So, I guess I’m looking for comments/suggestions from those of you who have. Maybe we can come away with some statistically-significant results – and choose optimum drives for the applications noted above.

As far as “best”, I weigh accuracy over speed.

Thx!


#2

[QUOTE=KHashmi316;2475309]Which currently-available drive(s)…[/QUOTE]

There’s your problem right there. The best drive isn’t always currently available or in production.

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.

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.


#3

[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 … after some very quick research here may be the “best” CD/DVD burners/drives ca. late 2009:

“Hot” (Most Popular) Optical Drives (non BD) at CDR Labs:

Manuf. and models:

Plextor:
SATA: Plextor 24x DVD Writers - PX-880SA and PX-880U (same as LiteOn iHAS424 minus excellent software suite?)
http://www.plextoramericas.com/index.php/dvd-rw/internal-dvd-rw/px880sa
http://www.cdrlabs.com/forums/plextor-24x-dvd-writers-880sa-and-880u-t24999.html
Purchase source:
?

LiteOn iHAS424 or iHAS423
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=25680
Purchase source:
http://www.directron.com/ihas32408.html

Sony-NEC: Sony-Optiarc-AD-7240S SATA:




http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=25591&PageId=26
http://www.directron.com/ad7240s0b.html

Pioneer: DVR-218L:


Purchase source:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129034

Samsung Model SH-S223B SATA:
http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=25185&PageId=0


Purchase source:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827151187
http://www.directron.com/shs223b.html

Comments appreciated!


#4

Current Plextor drives are nothing but rebadges, but those aren’t REAL Plextors. I’m talking about the classic Plextors, manufactured by Plextor, with Sony chipsets. They are all discontinued, just like the real BenQs are.

The Premium and Premium II are real Plextors. The Plextor II is only available in Japan, unless someone imports them, which they do, now and then.

Other current Plextor drives are just rebadges that you pay extra money fior, with no real benefit.

Optiarc drives are not known for being good readers or rippers. Avoid them for that purpose.


#5

[QUOTE=negritude;2476039]I’m talking about the classic Plextors, manufactured by Plextor, with Sony chipsets.[/QUOTE] Sanyo chipsets. :wink:

Optiarc drives are not known for being good readers or rippers. Avoid them for that purpose.
Judging by my own tests, the NEC/Optiarc drives have been improving in terms of how well they read bad DVDs from the NEC ND-3500AG over the 3550…4551 and 5170…7173 series to the Optiarc AD-5200…7203 series. I don’t know about later series, however.


#6

[QUOTE=DrageMester;2476132]Sanyo chipsets. ;)[/QUOTE]

:doh:


#7

Which of those drives can do full-speed DVD rips with no riplock? What external enclosure would I want to use with it?


#8

[QUOTE=negritude;2476039]Optiarc drives are not known for being good readers or rippers. Avoid them for that purpose.[/QUOTE]So what’s the best alternative when selecting currently-avail. manufs/models? (I’m ruling Plextor Premium out as they are no longer manuf’d and are $$ on eBay)


#9

[QUOTE=negritude;2476039]
The Premium and Premium II are real Plextors. The Plextor II is only available in Japan, unless someone imports them, which they do, now and then.[/QUOTE]

do you know some shops in japan which send it to europe (germany)?
how much are the plextor2 in japan?