I’m in the process of kitting out the G3 I’ve had lying around for a while as my primary audio computer. The person I bought it from had an external CD burner. I was thinking about buying a Pioneer DVR-111D, but I’m concerned first and foremost with archival stability, and it seems that I’ve read quite a few times that DVD media is not nearly as stable as CD. For the most part, I’m content to back up to CD, but I would like the option of being able to back up a large amount of samples or audio on one or two discs. However, if those backups are going to be to a volatile storage medium, there’s not much point.
Also, I’m wondering if DVD drives contribute more to the internal noise floor than CD drives do (I sometimes record streaming audio with CoolEdit. My roommate’s PC had three LiteOn CD-R drives until recently, and I’ve noticed a tangible difference in the amount of noise in older “streamed” recordings and more recent ones post-dual-drive-removal operation.)
I’m also leaning toward keeping the G3 on OS9…anyone know what the compatibility is like with newer DVD burners and OS9?