Of these drives, what will best suit me? (sry noob Q, but I need help)

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#1

I need a good CD burner. From this list: http://www.enuinc.com/cdromx.html
Most important is Audio CDs. It will be used for audio mastering.
Scanning capability will be nice.

I use Taiyo Yuden media.

DVD and DVR DL recording is nice, but not required.

Please only recommend what’s available there, unless nothing will be acceptable.

I don’t have the money for a Plextor right now, I still have an old Plextor 8/20 SCSI for my old computer I use for maste burning, but it’s time consuming to transfer files to it to burn.

Thanks so much!


#2

Hi tarnationsauce2, welcome to CDFreaks!

Of the listed drives, the Sony NEC Optiarc AD-7170A ( = Sony AW-G170A) has excellent CD-R burn quality with Taiyo Yuden CD-R media.

In my experience there’s little to no quality control with these drives, so I can’t really recommend buying one unless you’re prepared to RMA (return) your drive if it doesn’t work.

These drives are also OK for DVD writing, but not spectacular.

The Pioneer DVR-111D is a very good DVD burner and it’s also a decent CD-R burner, but not as good for CD-R as the Sony NEC Optiarc drive in my experience.

I haven’t tested the latest generation of LiteOn DVD burners, but the previous generation is not very good for burning Taiyo Yuden CD-R media in my experience, so I’d be hesitant to chose one of those.

The LiteOn SOHR-5239V CD-RW drive is not a very good CD-R burner IMO, although it’s a very good reader. So I can’t recommend that for burning Audio CDs.

The best CD-RW burner on the market is probable the Plextor Premium and Plextor Premium2, but they are expensive and not listed on that site.

If I had to chose from that list I would get one of these:

NEC 7170A 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Beige

NEC 7170A 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Black

Sony Q170A 18x DVD+/-RW Dual Layer Black

But there’s a risk of getting a bad drive and having to RMA it.

These drives can perform quality scans of CD media, but they are quite temperamental scanners and have a tendency to show random C1/C2 spikes. I have found that the scanning speed is quite important and that 32x is least likely to produce random scanning spikes. For scanning DVDs these drives are IMO worse than useless - they are misleading! They are good for Read Transfer Tests of DVDs, however.


#3

Wow, thanks for the post DrageMester. You certainly gave me something to think about.
Before your post i was looking at the Pioneer 111D, 112D, and LiteOn 20A1H.
Those seem to get good reviews here, but all I ever find are scans for DVD media and little to no talk about Audio.


#4

None of the DVD burners burn Audio CDs better than the pure CD burners. If audio mastering is important to you then you might need to consider a proper CD Burner.


#5

I disagree.

Some DVD burners are much better CD-R burners than many pure CD-RW burners, and there is almost no development of CD-RW burners anymore.

If you need the best, the choices are very limited (and expensive) and would include the Plextor Premium / Premium2.

If you can live with a burner that is only excellent, I’d go for a Sony NEC Optiarc or LG burner. :wink:


#6

:iagree:


#7

I still have more than 20 brands of CD-R disc that only some of them can be burned by the DVD burners and the results of some of the burned Audio CD jittering when playback. Of-course the burning speed is not set as high as CD-RW in case that’s the cause of the problem.


#8

IMHO, maybe you should stick with Mitsui or TY CD-Rs.


#9

I know, these are really good actually and I still have a few of them. In the past I used to like to try new brand, usually bought 10/20 of each. And before I used all up and decide which one is good, the old brand fade out and different brand or model come in. I ended up having many different brands left over for collection :bigsmile: