Hi Arachne. Thanks for the reply. I may look for a couple new old stock drives . Perhaps a Sammy will be among them. The 7240S's are very good, but I don't know how many mixed MIDs I'll get, and having a few drives may be very helpful. I have a Lian Li case with 5 5 /14 bays, so I can run a few internals and be able to switch drives should EAC fail to rip a disk. For the sake of simplicity, I'd sure love to just grab a few more new drives that are current, but as I stated above, until they've been out a little while, it's awful hard to find any info about CD-R ripping performance. On the other hand, if I'm adding three or four different models, I may just take a blind stab. More than likely at least 1 should turn out to be a decent ripper. I may even pull one of my old ND-3500's off the shelf, clean up the optics, and put it in and see how it does. I'm pretty sure I have an opened PATA channel to work with.
From your reply, the Sammies sound very promising though. I'll definitely look into getting at least one of the above mentioned model numbers. Is there one that you'd recommend over the others though?
@Michael - I'll definitely be looking into the GSA-4163 and GE20NU10 too. I get the sense, from the wording you used, that you actually prefer these two over the 7200. Please correct me if I'm wrong. If the 7200A is on par with the others it gives me another option.
I may well pick up some external enclosures for the drives as I'd sure like to load this machine up with 7240S's so i can burn multiple copies of the same disk on occasion where I only need 4 or 5 rather than have to fire up the duplicator. They really write TY and Falcon Pro CD-R very well.
I'm off to try and shop some of these drives. Thanks for your help. I'll be keeping my eyes peeled for additional replies. I haven't hear from Drage, Kerry or Big Mike yet.