Hey, there... Long time reader, but don't think I've posted in ages.
I've currently got an old PX-R820T, and I think it's about time for an upgrade. I've been reading the reviews and forum posts concerning the latest offerings from both Plextor (Premium) and Lite-on (LTR-52327S) and I've yet to see any decisive evidence on which to buy.
Coming from an 8x burner, I couldn't care less which of the two writes faster, but I do care immensely about quality. Specifically, audio read/write (not necessarily copy-protected) and long-term backup. I've got several gigs of stuff I'd like to burn and still be able to read 10 years later, so I'm investing in some TY media and a Plextor Premium or a LTR-52327S.
From what I've gathered it seems that the Plextor is for gimmicks and the LTR-52327S is for those on a budget.. Also, the LTR-52327S appears to perform only marginally better than the LTR-52246S, and is perhaps slightly more error prone. All the mentioned drives seem to handle copy protections well, and there isn't a huge advantage in picking one over another for that reason. Of course, the LTR-52327S is like half the price of the Premium...
Now if I'm going to make sure I'm using TY media, there shouldn't be a huge difference in burn quality between the Premium and the LTR-52327S, correct? If that's true, then I think what will determine what I purchase will primarily be the quality of audio extraction..
Sorry for the long-winded post. I'm not even sure if I even asked a question, but I wanted to get your opinion on what's going through my head right now.. Help me make the right choice before I take the plunge. If this burner is anything like the last, I'll be using it for years to come.