I currently own a PX716SA. After ripping about 500+ severaly scratched cds and abusing it for two years, I think its dying. It consistently burns CDs and DVDs with huge burst of errors at the same spots every time. These errors do not exist with burns from about a year ago with the same media from the same spindles.
I am now willing to buy two separate devices to cover the functionalities of scanning/ripping and burning. I can settle for a single device solution, but I think I rather buy two devices so I won’t wear out the burner so quickly like I did with the PX716. For the scanner/ripper, I am planning to rip both CDs and DVDs. For burning, I am planning to archive data on DVDs, burn DVD movies, and create audio CDs. I don’t mind buying two burners if it means that a burner is a better ripper. SATA and IDE interface are acceptable. Any suggestions?