I am currently looking to get a new computer and just realized that I will need SATA optical drives as my new motherboard has no ATA/IDE support.
I currently own a Plextor PX-716A. I know people have some mixed opinions about this brand/model, but for me it's been absolutely top notch for 5+ years. As far as I know, there is no SATA version of this drive available (despite people listing these for sale in used/refurbished condition all over the place).
Anyway, I know about all the talk of Plextor going downhill over the years, etc. etc.... I honestly don't know if the 716A was made before, during, or after the decline - but for me it was perfect, as was the PX-760A that my friend owns.
My main purpose for this drive will be CD extractions, and I've heard that many newer drives (any brand) aren't so great at C1/C2 error correction anymore as CD is a dying format.
So... I see that the PX-806SA and PX-810SA were the earliest SATA drives that Plextor released. I've tried searching the forum, but I can't find any specific reviews about them.
Were these early 800 series drives still made during Plextor's "better" years? Or more simply, is it a good and accurate drive for CD extractions, comparable to the 700 series?
I've heard that the newer Sony Optiarc drives, including the Blu-Ray ones, are pretty good at CD extractions, but I would like to stick with a Plextor for CD purposes now - especially since I am a big fan of PlexTools Pro XL and you just can't use it completely without a Plextor drive...
Any info would be greatly appreciated - thanks!