[QUOTE=MooMooMooMoo;2461497]I purchased a batch of used Plextor premiums on ebay.[/QUOTE]
As much as I love the original Premium, I wouldn’t buy batches of previously-used units unless it was for rippping purposes only. That’s why 5 out of my 7 Premiums were purchased New, even if I bought them very late (3 of them within the past 12 months). The other 2 units were like-new, from individual sellers who weren’t offering mass quantities of the drive.
[QUOTE=MooMooMooMoo;2461497]Question: are the Premiums lower quality then the older real Plextors, or is this likely just another sign of declining media quality in the last year?[/QUOTE]
The only thing ‘wrong’ with the original Premiums is that they won’t burn at 2x or 1x. But I’ve achieved some very nice burns at 4x and 20x - depending upon the CD-Rs I am using.
[QUOTE=Sonic2171;2463657]Though I must admit I have not fully experimented with the additional tweaking features of the Premium2 / Plextools combination yet, still on a learning curve.[/QUOTE]
AMQR, GigaRec, VariRec, and the burning speeds, can all make quite the difference on the same model of CD-Rs. That’s why you’ll see a lot of people at CDfreaks reporting their PlexTools settings when they post their graph tests.
[QUOTE=RG;2465058]Where did you buy the new Premium2? I thought Plextor stopped making them some time back.[/QUOTE]
New Premium2s always have been and still are actively sold in Japan. That’s where I bought mine from, for the three drive bezels (white/black/silver). Now, I don’t follow the European market very closely, so I can’t really say whether or not the drive is still available over there, but I know the drive appeared in white-bezel-only packagings in Europe, and that most of the CDfreaks members who have a Premium2, got theirs from Europe.