I have to opportunity to buy some legacy Plextor drives, brand new boxed.
However, I already have the following drives:
PX-40TS (scsi) (fw v1.14) TLA#1010 (mfg nov-1999)
PlexWriter Px-R820Ti (scsi) TLA#0503 (mfg april-1999)
I also have the following non-plextor drives:
NEC DVD-RW ND-3520AW (IDE) (fw 3.07) (bought near launch in 2005/6?)
Lite-On LTN-485S (IDE) (mfg: aug-2000)
HP CDRW/DVD-ROM GCC-4482B (fw:1.05) (mfg nov-2005)
My problems are the following:
that the PX-40TS is not fully supported (no C2 support) in my preferred
DAE program dbPowerAmp r13.1 reference-edition due to special D8
MMC-read commandset in this drive.
my SCSI adapter card (either aha2940uw or aha-29160N) with cabling
to the drive takes up a lot of overhead space in my preferred audio
pc (a mini-atx gamer case from ThermalTake, with a big handle on top
which makes it semi-portable.
I am running Windows server 2008 R1 on my main computer and Windows XP sp3 on the audio computer.
I now have the opportunity to buy the following legacy Plextor drives brand new,boxed (retail).
- Plexwriter Premium
- Plexwriter Premium2
Also, the more current PX-820SA/T3KB and PX-810SA/T3 availiable in some different versions.
I understand the PX-708a would be a good choice but i can not find them anywhere in new condition.
Which, if any, should i choose? Or should I be jiggling happy with what I got?
The premiums would of course be excellent for burning, but my primary concern is ripping, including some copy-protected audio cds and sometimes, alas, scratched cds.
I have found no data about AccurateStream, C2 capabilities, HTOA, Leadin-leadout reading and non-caching about the PX230A drive, all the plextor homepage has to say about this drive is "High Quality Digital Audio Extraction" which i take to mean most of these features are supported.
Thank you for your advice,