…or should I wait?
I’m looking for a good all-around DVD writer that is outstanding to read and write audio CD’s. I’ve been doing a lot of reading, and it looks like I’d be best suited by two drives - one for the all-around DVD writing stuff, and another for audio CD extraction and writing.
PATA is preferred at this point for both drives since I don’t currently have any SATA open. I could free one up, though, if it was absolutely worth it. Lightscribe also sounds like fun, so let’s put that in as a consideration.
The Samsung 182 was looking attractive until I saw the fiasco with the lead-in problem for that drive. I shifted my attention to the Asus 1814, but then I started reading the discussion on the Samsung S203B, and within that conversation, the S202G was sounding like a good drive. I emailed Samsung since the drive hasn’t been released yet, and they have no ETA. Is this drive worth waiting weeks (months?) for, or am I just as well with another drive for all around use?
And onto the audio…
What suggestions would be put out for a drive dedicated to DAE and audio CD writing? Plextor seems like a hot name here. Is that the best bet, or are there other options I should be considering? Please be specific, the audio CD writing and pressed CD DAE is very important so any specific model numbers, reasoning, and tests and statistics would be appreciated.