Hi, I have been reading here and there on this forum and some others about the best drives around for ripping, that is Digital Audio Extraction.
Apparently a lot of people agree on the matter that Plextor’s Ultraplex 40max set a new standard, but many challenge the fact that it might still be the best.
So, I figure that I would like to open this thread to discuss which drives in particular can be compared to Plextor’s Ultraplex and win the fight.
I do a lot of ripping, and I have found very weird things, for instance, that some drive that usually gives better results won’t read a particular (not copy-protected) CD, and another drive which normally performs worse, gets to read it perfectly.
I guess that in order to keep all comments within what’s factual knowledge and not mere subjective ideas, DAE quality test should be taken into account.
And, I seem a lot of people praising the Ultraplex based on speed. That is not what I find most important: actually most CD-rom/writers/DVD-rom/writers of today would get a perfect DAE on perfect, out of the box CDs.
The thing that matters, at least in my personal opinion, is which drives gets you the furthest you can go before it’s physically impossible to obtain any information out of the CD: how badly scratched the CD can be and yet get a good reading.
There’s a lot of room for hardware quality here, because I have seen over and over again how certain CD-roms get to extract perfectly the audio from a CD that others would “label” as “unreadable”, so to speak.
Please, any opinions, comments, and above all, test results would be greatly appreciated. By the way, I’ve just ordered a pack of 10 used Ultraplexes, with full one year warranty from a dealer, I hope they’re not that bad, since I also bought a SCSI interface to go with them ONLY in the hopes of getting better DAE results (well, I got them quite cheap, so no complains ;)).
Thanks to all the people contributing to this wonderful community . Cheers,