I am currently at a point in a long running project where I wish to create a large number of high quality CD-R disks for use on my rather “fussy” Rega CD player. As per the user manual it stipulates the disks should be burned no faster than 8x and in any case my intention was to use the audio CD-Rs specifically optimised for low speed mastering (1x to 12x) in conjunction with a burner that will facilitate such slow burning. Yes, I am well aware of the controversies about slow versus high speed burned audio disks but I don’t want to get into an argument abut that. Suffice it to say that I wish to burn the 1x - 12x disks at around the 4x rate.
Anyway, I purchased a Sony Optiarc 5280S drive this week and I have a few questions. The first is that I noticed this drive is somewhat more “vigorous” mechanically speaking that other internal writers I have come across. By that I mean I had to secure it quite tightly with the mounting screws to almost an uncomfortable amount of torque to prevent the drive making loud vibrations noises once inside the case. Other drives haven’t been like that. Out of the case the drive is quiet so it seems to be the sheer amount of vibration the drive makes that causes the noise. As I say, it is OK now that it is secured but it still worries me a bit that a writer drive should produce this much vibration (it is quite noticeable when you first put a disk in and it is spinning at high speed - the case vibrates more than, say, an electric shaver running at high speed - if you put your finger on the drive casing you get a pretty decent massage).
As I say, I don’t so much mind the noise and vibration since I have reasonably dealt with the symptoms occurring inside the case (Lian Li desktop), but I am wondering if this might compromise precision burning, since I would have thought that if you are trying to write as precisely as possible, excess vibration would be something to avoid.
The second question is that when I use Nero, I am still unable to get any jitter percentages relating to the test disks that I burn. This was rather important to me since I was wanting to find the optimum combination of writer, disks and write speed that produces the lowest jitter figures. But the checkbox is greyed out as if to imply the drive cannot provide this information. Yet I regularly see screen prints on this forum where the jitter figures are reported in Nero.
Is there something I need to do to facilitate jitter reporting?
The other thing is that the dealer also sells a Plextor drive (891SAW) and I am wondering if this might be a viable alternative, especially if it does not vibrate so much and can provide jitter percentages.