[quote=negritude;2124875]And I just want to clarify, in addition to a Nexperia BenQ or Sanyo Plextor, would an Optiarc AD-7200x be [B]good[/B] for CD scanning? In other words, is it just OK or passable, or truly accurate and reliable for CD scanning?[/quote] No scanner can be “accurate” in the true sense of the word, since the errors are not an objective property of the medium but a subjective result of the medium interacting with the reading drive.
I have made only few tests with my Optiarc AD-7203A (but more tests with previous NEC/Optiarc drives) and it seems to be an OK scanner for CD media, with some limitations in what it can report (C1=BLER=E11+E21+E31 and C2=E32). It’s possible that this drive like the previous generation (5170…7173) might report the occasional random spike during scanning.
Since I have both Nexperia based BenQ drives and Sanyo based Plextor drives, I don’t use my Optiarc drives for everyday scans. If I did not have those drives, I would use my Optiarc drives at 32x or 40x instead.
The biggest limitation of the Optiarcs and all other CD scanning capable drives that I know of, except the Plextors and BenQs, is that they don’t report jitter and they don’t report E22, both of which are important.