Over here in North America about the cheapest Premium is in the $150 range new. They appear to have left the marketplace a couple of years ago so just limited dead stock is surfacing keeping the price inflated.
That may be possible, that the Premium is in a range of $150. At eEay - USA (a link is hiere somewhere in the forum I guess) there is a brand new Premium offered for more than $300. But this price is too high.
Is there a model number I should be looking for on the bottom of them to delineate the 1 from the 2?
I have seen some black ones but the bezel doesn’t say Premium on them. So what should the sticker on the body say? Premium or Premium II? Or is there also a more specific numerical code I should be looking for?
The Premium and Premium II are two different drives. The Premium has a few features more (i.e. AMQR)
Link to Premium: http://www.plextor.be/products/premium.asp?choice=PlexWriter%20Premium
Link to Premium II: http://www.plextor.be/products/premium2.asp?choice=PlexWriter%20Premium2
Both of my Plextor Premium drives have the correct “marking” on the bezel. My Premium has “Premium” on the bezel, my Premium II has “Premium II” marked.
I assume you are in the US. The Premium was available with gray or black bezel. The pictures of the Plextor Premium I saw had all the marking on the bezel no matter if black or gray. The Premium II is in europe and north america only available with gray bezel. This bezel is marked with “Premium II”. Only in Japan a Premium II is available with gray, black and silver bezel.
If you would really like to get a Premium II, ask in the Plextor thread for a shop. There are a few users having the Premium II and living in the US, for this reason they must know a store
Do you have a photo of the sticker on them? I see you have a bit of everything Plextor in your sig.
Currently I’m not at home for the next two weeks, for this reason I can not take a picture. But I can tell you the sticker of the Premium definately tells you this drive is a “Premium” and the Plextor Premium II sticker tells you it is a “Premium 2”. The Premium II should be produced beween 2005 and 2007. The Premium should be around 2002-2004. Currently I do not have the accurate dates. My Premium for example is from 2003 and my Premium II is from September 2006.
I have the 716a but it simply will not rip a CD it just buzzes, but rips and burns DVD without a hitch so I am a little hesitant to open it and see if there is the loose clip issue inside. I doubt it because from what I have read if it is loose if affects not only CD’s but DVD’s.
Sounds for me like a “Command set problem”. What software do you use for ripping. Sometimes it helps to select the “Plextor command set” or the “MMC command set”. For example CDex has the possibility of vendor specific command set selection if I remember correct. A CD should be ripped fine with PlexTools.
If your 716A is in an external housing there may be a compatibility problem with the USB/FireWire chipset. The PX-760A and Prolific 3507 has this problem. Maybe there are other compatibility issuses (My PX-716A does not make problems with PL3507)