Combo Drives - Which to buy?

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#1

Lite On LTC-48161H 48x24x48x16

Samsung SM-352BENB CDRW 52x24x52x16x

LG ELECTRONICS GCC-4480BB 48x24x48x16x

Plextor PX-320A 20x10x40x12X

I believe only the Samsung and the Lite-On support Mt. Rainer.

How do these drives perform in EAC? Which Caches Audio and which doesn’t? How do these do with Audio Copy Protection? How Do these do with Data Copy Protection? Can any of them read into the Lead In or Lead Out? Which can read subchannel data?

Thanks


#2

here is some drive info. hope this helps.

Drive Information

Drive : SAMSUNG CDRW/DVD SM-348B
Type : Combo Drive
Firmware Version : T504
Buffer Size : 8 MB
Date : ?
Serial Number : ?
Drive Letter : E:
Location : 0:1
Mechanism : Tray
Read Speed : 48, 47, 46, 45, 44, 43, 42, 41, 40, 39, 38, 37, 36, 35, 34, 33, 32, 31, 30, 29, 28, 27, 26, 25, 24, 23, 22, 21, 20, 19, 18, 17, 16, 15, 14, 13, 12, 11, 10, 9, 8, 7, 6, 5, 4 X
Write Speed : 48, 32, 24, 10, 6 X

Read CD Text : Yes
Return C2 Pointers : Yes
Read CD-R : Yes
Read CD-RW : Yes
Read DVD-ROM : Yes
Read DVD-RAM : Yes
Read DVD-R : Yes
Read DVD-RW : Yes
Read DVD+R : No
Read DVD+RW : No
Read Digital Audio : Yes
Read CD+G : Yes
Read VideoCD : Yes

Write CD-R : Yes
Write CD-RW : Yes
Write DVD-R : No
Write DVD-RW : No
Write DVD+R : No
Write DVD+RW : No
Write DVD-RAM : No
Buffer Underrun Protection : Yes
Mount Rainier : No
Modes : Packet, TAO, DAO, SAO, RAW SAO, RAW SAO 16, RAW SAO 96, RAW DAO 16, RAW DAO 96

Region Protection Control : RPC II
Region : 1
Changes User : 4
Changes Vendor : 4

Disc Information (E:)

Type : - no disc inserted -


#3

I did find some info on the LG drive here:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/index.php?reviewid=186&page=Performance

The review lists that the drive does not cache audio, but it does not read into the lead in or lead out.

The Samsung drive is the same way, it does not cache audio, but it does not read into the lead in or lead out, as seen here:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/index.php?reviewid=164&page=Performance

I was wrong about Mount Rainier in that drive. Maybe they will add it with a firmware upgrade.

It looks like right now, to get reading the lead in, lead out, good audio copy protection copying, I’ll have to get a the Plextor. Ah, but it caches audio, but I guess I can deal with that. It also doesn’t support Mt. Rainier, but now that I think about it, I probably won’t use that very often.

Maybe Plextor will come out with a faster combo drive soon…