New Plextor/Yamaha Comparable CD Burner

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#1

Now that the Plextor Premium and Yamaha F1 Drives are no longer being made, is there a drive that has comparable burn qualities? I know there is the Premium II, but that is a little out of my price range. And considering that the Plextor and Yamahas were made years ago, do some of the newer drives compare to them? If so which ones? I just want a CD Burner that burns quality audio so I can enjoy them on my stereo.


#2

You can forget features like vari rec & audio master quality recording, in modern dvd-rw drives.

Good cd/dvd writers would be the Optiarc 720xA or 720xS series (A=Atapi S=SATA), after that my next choise would be the Samsung 2003 (i think that they are SATA only).


#3

Hello and welcome to CDFreaks

[QUOTE=bb714;2118900]Now that the Plextor Premium and Yamaha F1 Drives are no longer being made, is there a drive that has comparable burn qualities? I know there is the Premium II, but that is a little out of my price range. And considering that the Plextor and Yamahas were made years ago, do some of the newer drives compare to them? If so which ones? I just want a CD Burner that burns quality audio so I can enjoy them on my stereo.[/QUOTE]

The Plextor Premium II is the top range CD burner you can get. It is better like the Premium and Yamahe CRW-F1. I have all of them and the Plextor Premium II is for me the best of this 3 drives.
Ok the Yamaha is DiskT@2 capable, but this is only a funny feature I really do not need often.
And remember when the Premium and the Yamaha CRW-F1 were on the market this drives were also more expensive than the other CD burners.

Sometimes you can grab a Plextor Premium or Yamaha CRW-F1 used @ebay in more or less good condition for a small money…


#4

So modern drives are good enough to not use AMQR etc? That’s what I’ve been thinking. Cuz people in the future aren’t going to have those cd drives anymore…

To TM: Do you know of any drives that aren’t the F1, or Premium I/II? I found a few Premiums on ebay, but I don’t know if they can be trusted. There were actually a lot of them on ebay stores for $30-50. But I’d rather have a modern drive that can burn comparable results to the F1/Premium.


#5

http://cgi.ebay.com/NEW-SONY-OPTIARC-7201A-20X-LIGHTSCRIBE-IDE-W-SOFTWARE_W0QQitemZ220272648488QQihZ012QQcategoryZ51065QQssPageNameZWDVWQQrdZ1QQcmdZViewItem

Is this the optiarc drive you were talking about?


#6

Yes the it’s one of these 3 drives.

7200A
7201A has lightscribe
7203A has labelflash


#7

[QUOTE=bb714;2119123]
To TM: Do you know of any drives that aren’t the F1, or Premium I/II? I found a few Premiums on ebay, but I don’t know if they can be trusted. There were actually a lot of them on ebay stores for $30-50. But I’d rather have a modern drive that can burn comparable results to the F1/Premium.[/QUOTE]

There are not a lot “modern” CD burners anymore. The only modern CD burner I know is the Premium II.

The Premium is also a good CD burner, but I prefer the Premium II. The results are a little bit better IMO. If you find a used Premium in good ondition (not too much burns) you’ll have a reliable drive.

The good point of the Premium / Premium II and Yamaha CRW-F1 is all this burners are capable to make 1x or at least 2x burns to have results with very low jitter. The Premium II and the CRW-F1 is AMQR capable, butat least the results of the Premium II are great without AMQR. You can see it in the legendary Compare thread of the Premium and Premium II.


#8

[QUOTE=vroom;2119138]Yes the it’s one of these 3 drives.

7200A
7201A has lightscribe
7203A has labelflash[/QUOTE]

Out of the drives available these days, I’d pick an NEC/Optiarc for burning audio definitely. My old NEC ND-4551A and newer Optiarc AD-5170S do a great job at this with nice low jitter.

I was never lucky enough to own a Premium/Premium II myself.


#9

I know they are rare but i picked up a [B]new[/B] Premium-U (external Premium) on ebay for $25 usd. My Premium and Premium II were over $100 usd.

Also from reports here they are still making the Premium II and you can get one from Plextor themselves for $100+ usd. Here is the thread > http://club.cdfreaks.com/f43/new-premium2-came-v1-10-firmware-243944/


#10

Thanks for all the responses. I think I’m going to look around for a used Premium on eBay or something and hopefully it won’t break in a month or two.


#11

[QUOTE=vroom;2119010]You can forget features like vari rec & audio master quality recording, in modern dvd-rw drives.[/QUOTE]

What about the PX-760A/SA? Does it support any of the Premium/Premium II features for CD writing? Is it a decent CD writer?


#12

Yes but you can only find the 760 & premium on ebay :wink: also premium II is hard to find (at least here in Greece).


#13

[QUOTE=negritude;2125300]What about the PX-760A/SA? Does it support any of the Premium/Premium II features for CD writing? Is it a decent CD writer?[/QUOTE]Grab a copy of PlexTools and see. No (true) Plextor owner should be without it.


#14

[QUOTE=vroom;2125309]Yes but you can only find the 760 & premium on ebay :wink: also premium II is hard to find (at least here in Greece).[/QUOTE]

Right. My point is that it’s easier to find a PX-755S or PX-760A DVD burner than it is to find a Premium II CD burner, and the 755S or 760A can be found cheaper, so maybe that’s good enough for 95% of what you need to do.


#15

[quote=negritude;2125300]What about the PX-760A/SA? Does it support any of the Premium/Premium II features for CD writing? Is it a decent CD writer?[/quote] The PX-760 supports GigaRec and VariRec for CD-R burning (but not AMQR).

My testing with a limited amount of CD-R media shows, that the PX-760A is among my best drives for CD-R burning, producing burns that often show a flat 7% jitter when scanned in my BenQ DW1655.

Few dedicated CD-RW drives will be able to match that let alone improve upon it.


#16

If you are willing to pay the premium price, you can still purchase the Plextor Premium II from various online shops over here in Germany.

http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a228734.html

Almost all of the shops listed there have the drive in stock, only the beige version though.

Austrian shops have the drive in stock also:

http://geizhals.at/eu/a228734.html

As far as CD burning is concerned, that’s basically the best drive you can get.