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CD/DVD readers/writers and audio extraction, Is there really a better drive to use?
post May 25 2011, 00:21
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Hi All.

I have been reading up on audio extraction using a PC. A lot of forums have members that seem to have a preference for some specific CD readers (usually Plextor drives) claiming better results in quality terms. However, I have not been able to determine where that quality might come from.

I have ripped all of my collection with a stock Asus DVD reader/writer and for the more popular CD's (some less popular are not in the database I guess) I get a high confidence number. My CD's are in pristine condition, so 99.9% I get a 100% track quality.

The question is: If the results with my Asus drive (the checksum or a track) is equal to that of the same track extracted with a Plextor drive, how can there be a difference? Or is it just that some Plextor models are better in reading damaged CD's than others? Are they just reading faster? Are we talking about build quality?


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post May 25 2011, 07:50
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There is no sound difference; if the track extracted correctly, it will sound the same no matter which drive was used. But, old Plextor drives (which are Plextor-made, not rebranded like new drives) usually had better ripping performance with damaged CDs - I had resorted more than a few times to older Plextor CDR drives when trying to extract damaged audio (and data!) CDs when few new DVD-R drives, Pioneer, Liteon, LG, failed.
That is (or was, since they are not in production for a long time now) their only advantage against more common and cheaper drives.
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