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13 year old Plextor vs. today's HP and Dell drives
Yuri_R
post Oct 20 2013, 14:08
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Hello all,

I did search the forums before posting, but if I missed this question being answered elsewhere, I do apologise!

I have several hundred CDs, many of which are in poor physical health, and I want to rip them to FLAC one last time with as much effort as is reasonable - in the past rips were done to listen to stuff as soon as possible on mp3 players - this time around I want them to be sounding as good as it gets.

So I downloaded EAC and at work I have some HP towers standing around so I thought I just do a few late evening visits to the office and rip what I can...

...and then the doubts appeared in my mind. Are the drives up to it? I am an engineer working in the film industry, but never much bothered with CD drives beyond data recovery functions... But I do remember that in the olden days at least CD drives came in a *huge* spread of quality. My first PC had a Plextor 1210A drive which was considered the bees knees for audio at the time. Not sure whether that was deserved, but my friends were all jealous :-)

All technology gets cheaper, at which point the quality usually narrows down - the really crap devices vanish, as the good ones are affordable, the really good ones vanish as the merely ok ones are now so cheap. But there's also the point at which no one bothers anymore and I think that with PC CD drives we're probably past that point, aren't we? Many manufacturers only put one in because they now cost pennies, and no one checks the quality.

So in my attic I still have the Plextor 1210A. In the office I have some HP towers from last year with the standard DVD drives that come with it. Which ones are to be preferred for my ripping extravaganza - and why?

Thanks a lot!
Yuri_R

P.S. I also have an external Samsung BluRay writer. With the higher density of BluRay pits perhaps, one might think, they might read my scratched CDs better? But it might be the other way around, and they perform worse? If you know the answer... I'd be very grateful!

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post Oct 31 2013, 15:23
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Often these tests are done on CD-R discs (where the burning program will write specific c2 errors), CD-R discs perform very differently than pressed CDs.


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- Yuri_R   13 year old Plextor vs. today's HP and Dell drives   Oct 20 2013, 14:08
- - saratoga   If its fast enough and matches to what accuraterip...   Oct 20 2013, 18:02
- - Rescator   Hmm. Wasn't the Plextor 1210A a DVD-Rom drive ...   Oct 20 2013, 21:04
|- - Yuri_R   QUOTE (Rescator @ Oct 20 2013, 21:04) Hmm...   Oct 20 2013, 23:06
- - Rescator   As to old drive vs new drive. I think cheap drives...   Oct 20 2013, 23:28
- - gib   A small anecdote that I found interesting: Recent...   Oct 21 2013, 04:37
- - Destroid   QUOTE (Yuri_R @ Oct 20 2013, 14:08) I als...   Oct 21 2013, 05:32
|- - probedb   QUOTE (Destroid @ Oct 21 2013, 05:32) It ...   Oct 21 2013, 11:33
- - hlloyge   I have quite a few Plextor CDRW drives stored in m...   Oct 21 2013, 07:57
- - 2Bdecided   If I don't get an accuraterip match, or 2x bur...   Oct 21 2013, 10:53
- - marc_online   For ripping CDs you need special drives with a hig...   Oct 21 2013, 22:59
|- - spoon   QUOTE (marc_online @ Oct 21 2013, 22:59) ...   Oct 22 2013, 00:21
|- - greynol   QUOTE (marc_online @ Oct 21 2013, 14:59) ...   Oct 22 2013, 00:43
- - marc_online   I related my statement to the test of cīt in 2005....   Oct 23 2013, 12:32
- - greynol   The results are available in the link I gave. That...   Oct 23 2013, 15:41
|- - hlloyge   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 23 2013, 16:41) The ...   Oct 23 2013, 19:33
- - greynol   The data doesn't support the idea that the dat...   Oct 23 2013, 19:45
|- - 2Bdecided   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 23 2013, 19:45) I do...   Oct 25 2013, 10:03
|- - hlloyge   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 23 2013, 20:45) I do...   Oct 25 2013, 10:21
- - greynol   Thanks David and Hlloyge. In terms of providing a...   Oct 25 2013, 13:44
|- - hlloyge   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 25 2013, 14:44) Than...   Oct 28 2013, 22:45
||- - greynol   QUOTE (hlloyge @ Oct 28 2013, 14:45) I...   Oct 28 2013, 23:23
|- - cliveb   QUOTE (greynol @ Oct 25 2013, 12:44) As f...   Oct 30 2013, 10:20
- - 2Bdecided   It comes down to this: on which side of the argume...   Oct 28 2013, 21:58
|- - greynol   QUOTE (2Bdecided @ Oct 28 2013, 13:58) It...   Oct 28 2013, 23:16
- - pdq   @cliveb: Your argument doesn't hold if the in...   Oct 30 2013, 13:12
- - greynol   If everyone did as I do then the "better...   Oct 30 2013, 14:31
- - markanini   The most thourugh tests of damaged Audio CD error ...   Oct 31 2013, 13:38
- - greynol   I wonder who actually made that drive. Matshita, ...   Oct 31 2013, 15:07
- - spoon   Often these tests are done on CD-R discs (where th...   Oct 31 2013, 15:23


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