New Drive for Mac

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#1

Hi, Everyone!

I am an Apple user, and I have been using a program called XLD to archive my music collection. This program supports CDParanoia Mode (the III 10.2 engine), the AccurateRip database, and logging. According to the developer, C2 error pointers support is limited at this time. Sadly, the internal slot-loading drive in my laptop (MATSHITA UJ-857D) and the internal drive in my desktop (Pioneer DVR-107D) are very slow when I use the CDParanoia Mode (1x-3x speeds).

I am looking for a drive that will provide the best balance of accuracy and speed. I believe I need to look for a drive that does not support caching, but I am not sure what else I need (and do not need) for my purposes. Also, I am not sure if I should be looking for a new drive, or if I should be looking for an older drive on eBay. I would appreciate your pointing me in the right direction. If you need any additional information about my systems (or XLD), please let me know.

Thank you so much for your time. I look forward to hearing from you.

All the best,

C-K


#2

Start reading:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f61/best-cd-ripper-eac-dvd-burner-182770/

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f44/do-all-liteon-drives-read-into-lead-lead-out-254789/

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f107/best-drives-cd-riping-eac-256048/

http://club.cdfreaks.com/f43/plextor-drive-eac-i-own-2-a-223363/

[QUOTE=Clink-Klank;2173935]I am looking for a drive that will provide the best balance of accuracy and speed. I believe I need to look for a drive that does not support caching, but I am not sure what else I need (and do not need) for my purposes. Also, I am not sure if I should be looking for a new drive, or if I should be looking for an older drive on eBay.[/QUOTE]

If you’re really that into audio then you should buy a dedicated CD burner like the classic Plextor Premium I or II, or the Yamaha CRW-F1. Barring that, the best DVD burners for handling audio are:

  1. Plextor PX-760x or PX-755x (eBay only)
  2. Pioneer DVR-115x or DVR-215x (if unable to find 115/215, try the 116/216, but look for 115/215 first)
  3. Optiarc AD-7200x or AD-7201x (also available as retail Sony DRU-V204x)

Others will add their own suggestions.

Also, in regards to caching, if XLD is anything like EAC, then it doesn’t matter whether the drive caches, since the program should have a setting that compensates for that automatically.


#3

…and please ask the author of XLD to get it into the Fink or MacPorts systems for easier compilation.