What's the deal with Plumax?

I haven’t done as much reading in the big external enclosure thread as a I should yet, but I’m under the impression that Plumax is considered to be the best brand for external enclosures on here - and I need one for both a new burner and an external HD. However, Newegg doesn’t seem to be selling any Plumax products…did they go out of business or something?

Grab a few from dealsonic, they are a very good dealer.

http://www.dealsonic.com/index.html

More than the brand name (not questioning Plumax) the important is to know the chipsets inside, for each kind of connection.
Plumax seems to use Oxford chipsets for Firewire - 911 for 1394a and 912 for 1394b (firewire 800).
There are at least 2 different 911s, the last being 911c that has a superior performance when compared to 911a.
You have the same about USB 2.0 chipsets
And, the same for e-SATA enclosures.
If promises are real e-SATA should give you the best HDD performance (sustained transfer rate wise), but not from an IDE disk as seen in some of the offered enclosures you can find here:
http://www.dealsonic.com/plumax.html
Sorry for not giving you a direct answer to your question, but I fear this is not a consensus subject.

Just out of curiosity - how come Newegg isn’t selling any Plumax? Isn’t Newegg like, t he most popular, up-to-date tech. dealer around? Perhaps Plumax is old news and there are brands taht have supersceded it…that’s my real concern…