I'm about to order the latest addition (i believe) in Plextor PX-40TSI, will this drive be as good reading things as earlier drives from Plextor?
Moved it here from the Audio forum, so I think this question relates mostly to the reading of audio…
Because I own a PX-40TSi, I think I can tell you some things about it:
the pros are:
- reads (almost) every audio copy protection
- its audio read offset (-676) can be corrected perfectly by e.g. EAC (because it overreads into leadin/leadout)
- absolutely no jitter errors
- C2 error detection feature
- doesn’t cache audio data
- DAE @ full speed (~30x) in burst mode
- very fast disc access (~80ms)
- disc rotation can be stopped by pressing the “play” button
- it can read really bad (scratchy) discs
- supports BlindRead’s alternate read method (reading data as audio) perfectly
- very good supported by Plextor (firmware updates)
- reading speed can be reduced by PlexTools or other utils
- supports Cdrwins subcode analysis (not all drives support this, even if they are compatible with CloneCD’s
the contras are:
- problems reading subchannels from data tracks, if the disc is protected with SecuRom (Diablo II, Gunman)
- some probs reading CD-Text from discs, created over serveral generations
- fast error skip (CloneCD) can give unreliable results when reading amplified SD2 copies.
- doesn’t fully spin up after it encountered read errors
Thats all, I remember at the moment. Hope this helps.