Hi. I already have a few burners and will be installing two in to a new build. One will be a Samsung SH-203B SATA, and I have two IDE drives: Pioneer DVR-111D and Sony/NEC Optiarc AD-7200A. I’ve used the Samsung quite a bit for ripping audio and find it works nicely, I have done some writing but not much and the results have been fine. The speed difference between the two IDE drives doesn’t concern me.
Generally speaking I’d like to know which of those two IDE drives best complements the strengths and weaknesses of the Samsung drive. To make it harder I don’t have specific uses in mind like having one drive as a pure scanning drive for example so I’m looking for all-around utility. Basically if there are things the Samsung doesn’t do well but one of the other drives does that’s what I’d like to know, but I’d also like to know the shortcomings of the two IDE drives. Knowing which to use for which task between the Samsung and the other would be nice as well. Having a wide range of media compatability overall with the Samsung and the other drive would be nice too.
If the two are close I’d lean toward the Pioneer just because I have used it once or twice unless there is notable advantage to the Sony/NEC. I’m also open to new or hacked firmwares although I haven’t done anything with the yet so you can take that in to account.
Also, please do not recommend yet another IDE drive, although I appreciate the sentiment I’ll be sticking with what I’ve got. And finally more neutral comments are best without regard to the brand, just the model, fanboy-ish responses like I see in other hardware forums don’t do me any good Thanks!