[QUOTE=rich121;2148684]I have a Plextor PX-716A with Plextools Professional XL software.
I have had this for the past few years, but have had nothing but problems…could be me, but I’m thinking it’s the burner.
I have been thinking about buying a new, old stock PX-716 UF external (actually 2) and going from there?[/QUOTE]
In the past there were good and not so good PX-716A drives. At the begin of the 716 there were more problems. At the end of the production of the 716 IMO there were only less or no problems with this drive.
[QUOTE=rich121;2148684]I want the very best Audio quality from my CD-R’s and I also want the best DVD-R quality…[/QUOTE]
The 716 is a good CD burner and also the DVD burning results are good with most media I used.
[QUOTE=rich121;2148684]Would I be better off going with a more modern Pioneer or Samsung (I see the Samsung drives are no longer sold at my local Best Buy) and a different software?[/QUOTE]
The Pioneer 115 and 215 are great drives, I have both. If the 116 and 216 are also as good as the x15 I do not know, curently I do not have a lot experience with both drives, my 116 is still unused.
[QUOTE=rich121;2148684]I believe the Plextor/Plextools would be best, but not if I can’t get it to work properly.[/QUOTE]
I agree with you, PlexTools have more or less bugs.
I’d recommend Pioneer drives, the Samsung 202 and 203 drives are also good, the NEC 720xA/S drive looks also good to me, and you can still use your 716 for scanning / CD / DVD burning…