Which one of these for scanner?

Hi there. I want to consolidate my burners, so I was wondering which one of these to use for scanner duties:

  1. Lite-On 160P6S IDE (PS0C)

  2. Samsung SH-S203N SATA (SB02 CK)

  3. Sonu DRU-V204A (Optiarc 7200A clone) in USB enclosure (1.60 BT)

  4. Pioneer DVR-215D SATA (1.18)

  5. Benq 1655 LS IDE (BCIB), Samsung SH-S202J IDE (SB02 CK) and Samsung SH-S203B (SB04 CK) in other computers.

I am leaning towards the Lite-On, but I have done quite a few scan with the SH-S203B that I trust it enough. In fact, because in my eyes it was my best all around drive, I moved the 203B to the wife’s computer where it will see light usage, but the usage will be mission critical (the digital pictures are in that machine) :wink:

As I understand t, the Pioneer and the Sony are not that good scanners. Is is correct? The drives in other machines would be alittle extra effort, that is why the 202J and 1655 are until option 5 :smiley:

Thanks

Alex

Hi,[quote=AlexRuiz;2210603] I was wondering which one of these to use for scanner duties:

[B] 1) Lite-On 160P6S IDE (PS0C)[/B]
[/quote]and this one:

[B]

  1. Benq 1655 LS IDE (BCIB),[/B]
    The Benq is also a good CD scanner, the Liteon is useless for that job.

Samsung 20x are also able to scan, but you should really check their results compared to your Benq and Liteon.
Same applies to your 7200, which might be even able to scan CD media. (Not sure if Sony managed to cripple that feature with their firmware).

Pioneer drives are very good CD and DVD burners, but they lack reliable scanning capabilities at all.

So if you think of retiring some drives, I’d put two of the three 20x Samsungs on the shelf.

Michael

Just a warning though, the DW1650/1655 cannot be used to scan CDs reliably as discovered by other CDFreaks in the thread Did you know: Scanning CDs with the Benq 1650: BEWARE! I’m unsure if the 160P6S is also an unreliable CD scanner, but for DVDs it is sufficient.

Good collection of drives by the way. :wink:

[quote=evo69;2210740]Just a warning though, the DW1650/1655 cannot be used to scan CDs reliably as discovered by other CDFreaks in the thread Did you know: Scanning CDs with the Benq 1650: BEWARE! [/quote] That’s just an occasional problem reported by one user (although an experienced one) with the non-advanced scanning, and not a general tendency.

IMO a BenQ DW1655/1650/1640/1620 still beats any other consumer drive for scanning CDs, with Plextor Premium2/Premium/PX-760/755/716/712 being a close second.

I’m unsure if the 160P6S is also an unreliable CD scanner, but for DVDs it is sufficient.
The 160P6S suffers from the same CD scanning limitation as other LiteOn DVD burners - it doesn’t report all C1 errors (E11+E21+E31) but only uncorrectable C1 errors (E31).

I would use the LiteOn 160P6S as a DVD scanner and the BenQ DW1655 as a CD scanner (Advanced Disc Quality Scan).

Thanks for the replies guys!

So, LiteOn it will be.
I am moving all the data to DVDs, so CD burning is mainly limited to audio CDs, hence I won’t be burning, and hence scanning CDs a lot. :smiley:

The consolidation is being done in a sense that the machines with only drive are getting good all arounders, while my main desktop is getting the top drives for a specific duty (specialists):

Machines with only 1 drive: SH-S203B, SH-S202J, 1655, SH-S203N. DRU-V204 in the USB enclosure for use mainly with the laptop.
Machine with the specialists: 160P6S for scanning and alternate for reading / ripping, SH-S203N for reading / ripping/ lightscribe and alternate for burning, DVR-215D for burning and only burning… :smiley:

I was a little surprised to read the recommendation that if i was going to retire drives, the Samsungs should be the ones. At least in my experience, they are the best all arounders, and the 203B is as good of a writer as the Benq and the Sony. The DVR-215D is just untouchable as writer, and when quality is the most important parameter, that is the one I use. If in a hurry, the Sony is the fastest… but that is just my observations, it may vary for others.

Now, what version of CD/DVD speed to use? I have Nero 7, 8 and 9, and I
have also downloaded the latest version of CD/DVd speed and disc speed

Thanks again

Alex

Hi,[quote=AlexRuiz;2211198]
I was a little surprised to read the recommendation that if i was going to retire drives, the Samsungs should be the ones.[/quote]well, I linked “consolidation” with “I have too much drives, and I have to retire a couple of them”. Seems, this interpretation was wrong :slight_smile:

Michael