New CD writer. Any suggestions?


#1

Hello,

Any suggestions for a good new CD writer available today, among the DVD or BR writers, please?
If the writer could do also CD quality scans it would be perfect.

Thanks for any help.


#2

All drive-manufacturer stopped production of CD-RW-drives more than 10 years ago, so you can´t get a new one.

And for quality-scan you have to look for a old drive like Benq DW 1640


#3

Hi Tester, thanks for the reply.
Actually, I meant a new DVD writer which is also a very good CD writer, especially for audio.


#4

Hello Dsp 121,

for burned BluRay Media there are a few new Drives @ the Bay…
Check for the Lite ON IHBS 112.

For burned CD Media and DVD Media as Tester_1 already told you, check for a Lite-On DVD Burner or the great Benq 1640.

Greets Moony


#5

I don´t burn Audio, so I´m not the best contact for details.

I think actual CD/DVD-readers are much less sensitive than the drives 15 years ago, so it should be not a problem to use an actual DVD-RW-drive for CD-R

For scanning CD-R the Benq 1640 is still the best, newer LiteOn DVD-RW-drives (or other newer writers) I can´t recommend in this case. The Benq also supports advanced scanning, it´s an interesting feature


#6

I highly recommend the Pioneer BDR-209. My 209D is a great all-round writer, better for CDs & DVDs than the great BDR-206.

For CDs I would go as far as to say the BDR-209 is as good as the old true Pioneer DVD writers, such as the DVD-216.

As for scanning, recent Pioneer drives can do some scanning (not BD discs), have a look in the 209 & 211 threads on the forum. I haven’t investigated this much, but the CD results look useful.

You might be able to find a new-old-stock Optiarc. Or there are plenty of used Benq rebadges (& Optiarc 7200-7280) on eBay (here in the UK).

Contrary to long-estabished opinion, Mediatek-based DVD writers can be very useful for CD scanning, especially when paired with say an Optiarc, as they report E31 errors (level 1 failures) as C1. This is very useful information to have when assessing degradation or identifying unacceptably poor quality blanks. But a Benq is still the best CD scanner (followed by Plextor).


#7

Thanks all for the replies.

Thanks Ibex. I will look into the 209 model suggestion.