i need to buy new dvd burner. it seems u cant choose both a good burner and a ripper/scanner, have to choose 1 or the other. so ill appreciate if the long time users here [the experts id assume] can help me with some suggestions.
so heres my plan:
benq 1620 [btw. the 1620 can read C1/C2, PI/PO and jitter right?] for ripping & scanning cd/dvd and burning dvd+r, and nec 3540 for burning dvd-r, though the 3540’s r better @ ripping/scanning than the 3500/3520 and also has limited scanning, but i still doubt its a better reader than the 1620.
[recently i had some very bad burns with ritek r04 dvd+r, @ any speed between 8x-16x, and a 3500. yet the same drive burned some 50 ritek g05 dvd-r @ 8x very nicely. i barely have 110-115 burns with this burner, so its definitely not the burner. most of the r04 have very high pi/pif, scanned using a sony ddu-1612 dvd-rom, hence my need for a good ripper/scanner! discs that i burned bout 6 months ago, thats when i got the ritek dvd+r, and were fine when verified after the burn but cant be read/files copied from the disc now even when scanning/reading on the sony, which is atleast several magnitude better @ reading than the 3500 even tho its just a dvd-rom.]
now keep in mind that these r probably not gonna be the final dvd burners b4 moving to hd/bd-dvd. ill prob buy the all-burns-16x burners as a final purchase for compatibility with cd & dvd discs while waiting for affordable hd/bd-dvd.
i was also thinking of maybe the px-712sa [sata version,] instead of the nec simply coz i only have 1 more ide but 4 sata left, and if i got a sata burner i could use both the burners for either ripping or burning at the same time [2 hdd connected to 2 diff ide conn,] but if i get 2 ide burners then ill have to connect both of them with a single cable and to the same ide conn. and will have to use 1 drive @ a time reducing the benefit of having 2 burners. but for the price of just 1 712sa i can get both the 1620 + 3540. plus im not really sure about the 712’s burning capabilities compared to the benq and the nec, though its a good reader. or should i consider a 716 [$125!] instead of a 712?
and also should i wait for the 1640 [or get the rebadged px-740 but not sure bout it] or forgo the waiting and get the 1620 now, as i need a burner and a ripper but the 1640 isnt gonna be out for a while, and then theres the price as the 740 is almost 90.
thnx for ur time, and for any suggestions.
oh yeah 2 more questions, what should be the ripping + burning speed to backup pressed dvds/movies? and the same question about music cds. and im guessing here that to scan both cd/dvds for pi/pif is 8x! again thanks.