[quote=atikinn;2145761]If Lite On are really good for EAC, what about the previous external model - LITEON DX-20A4PU-01? (LiteOn iHAS 120 is the last model in Japan, no external analog yet).
Another variant - PLEXTOR PX-810UF/JPB (also soon 2007 release)
A maybe even that famous Plextor Premium 2?
What are thier caching support, accurate stream ans C2 error info (as far as I know usually C2 is off, but nevetheless).[/quote]
No clue about the LiteOn 20A4, it probably does not cache audio data either, but you better ask someone who has that drive to be sure. I have the iHAS 120 myself, and can confirm that this drive does not cache audio data, so it’s likely that the newer iHAS / iHAP drives (322, 422 etc.) don’t either.
The Plextor PX-810 is just a rebadged Pioneer DVR-212, which like all Pioneers does cache audio data, and definitely is not worth the premium price (just buy an original Pioneer instead).
If you are willing to pay the high price for the Premium II, it’s an excellent choice. One of the very best CD burners ever, and excellent for audio extraction also (does not cache audio data).
Thank you for help, frankly, now just don’t have anough time to read the whole forum, I’m not clode with this subject so it’ll take me month to understand everyhing and decide what to buy.
About the enclosure: Since your main purpose of this external drive is going to be audio extraction and CD burning, you can’t basically go wrong with any external case, since the bandwidth demands of CD reading and burning are so low (in comparison to DVD or even Blu Ray) that it simply doesn’t matter which chipset the enclosure has - all of them should be more than fast enough to handle CD reading / writing bandwidth.