The best audio-ripper

vbimport

#1

I rip a lot fo audio, and I want to get a new drive (my nec isn’t that good).

Features i’m looking for

  • Good reading of scratched and old cds
  • Pretty low offset
  • Read into lead in and out.
  • Beeing able to handle copy protecttion is also a nice bonus.

http://www.ubernet.org/index.php?p=RecommendedDrives

According to this, the Plex Premium is the best drive for the job, but are they right? It’s a pretty hefty pricetag for a cd-burner too.

The plex is good on offset, en overread, but how is it on scratched cds?

thanks in advance.

AtW


#2

yes , plex is the best for audio.
if you want the best , you should expect pay a premium value :).
The plex 716a is good for audio thou and is a dvd burner.


#3

my Premium does an excellent job of DAE on badly scratched CDs like this:


#4

Hehe, to be honest that cd didn’t look as bad to me, I borrow a lot of cds on the library, and they usually look like hell.

But maybe I’ll get the plex then, I already have a dvd-burner, but I only burn about one dvd a week, where i rip about 10 cds a week, so ripping is my main priority.

Thanks for the input.

AtW


#5

I also see that the 52-24-52 burner from plextor costs about half the price. Is there a difference between theese two in reading quality?

AtW


#6

are you referring to the PX-230A? http://www.plextor.com/english/products/230A.htm

this is Plextor’s cost effective version of the Premium I believe. some differences are less cache (8mb vs 2mb) and less functionality (appears to be no VariRec, GigaRec, etc.)…

not sure about DAE performance/reading quality though and haven’t seen any decent reviews of the 230A.


#7

I was actually refering to the PX-W5224TA, but the same refers to the 230A, less functionality is a moot point for me, I almost never burn cds, and if I do, it’s just small stuff to give to others (reports and so on). Gigarec, varirec, cache, I would guess is features I never will need. So the readperformance is the main thing (does it have the singel-session thing that supposedly is good for copy-protected discs etc.)

EDIT: I see the 230A has a diffrent offset, does that mean that the mechanic parts in the two ar not the same? the w5224a has the same offset as the premium though.

AtW


#8

yeah, the premium has single session:


#9

Yeah, but what about the 230A and the 5224a?

AtW


#10

not sure about those drives…perhaps someone who has one can fill us in…