I recently bought a Plextor PX-760A to be used inside an external enclosure with a Prolific PL-3507 USB2/FW controller. I have a large CD collection which I want to convert to FLAC files, and needed a drive with good Digital Audio Extraction (DAE) capabilities. Since I have a laptop, going for an external enclosure was my only option.
The external enclosure works like a charm with my old NEC ND-3500A DVD-recorder, but it won’t cooperate with the PX-760A. DAE fails with both PlexTools 2.35 and Exact Audio Copy 0.95 beta4 (the program I use for DAE). This happens no matter whether the drive is connected via USB2 or FW. PlexTools does however handle the two connection types differently:
When connected via USB2, DAE in PlexTools halts with a “Disc Read Error” message. But when connected via FW, PlexTools actually gets to read the disc, but every sample is treated as an error. In addition, the read speed is very slow, and it eventually hangs close to the end of track 1. I’ve tried different Audio CDs, and none of them are read by the drive.
- The PX-760A has fw 1.06
- The PL-3507 is updated with latest fw (dated April 20th 2006)
So, does anyone have experience with DAE on PX-760A in an external enclosure? I’ve seen other posts stating that PX-760A operates smoothly with PL-3507 based enclosures. So why won’t my drive behave?