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I just got a new computer and had to say goodbye to my trusty Plextor ( it had an IDE mobo connection, which belongs now to the dustbin of discarded formats). I do my ripping on my home office computer, so space and noise are not issues. Plextor had a great rep 7 years ago when I first got into computer audio. I'm looking for recommendations for its successor. I use db poweramp software, in case that has any bearing on the hardware. Thanks. - David

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I just got a new computer and had to say goodbye to my trusty Plextor ( it had an IDE mobo connection, which belongs now to the dustbin of discarded formats). I do my ripping on my home office computer, so space and noise are not issues. Plextor had a great rep 7 years ago when I first got into computer audio. I'm looking for recommendations for its successor. I use db poweramp software, in case that has any bearing on the hardware. Thanks. - David

 

It is my understanding that nothing compares to your Plextor. There are many folks who go to great lengths to build an old computer just for the purpose of ripping with one.

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It is my understanding that nothing compares to your Plextor. There are many folks who go to great lengths to build an old computer just for the purpose of ripping with one.

 

blownsi -- Ouch! But you just gave me an idea. Do you know if PCI-E cards are made with IDE connections on them, to rescue legacy components like this? The Plextor isn't in the trash yet. Thanks. -- David

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For modern drives you can find and use with most systems, I like the LG Bluray drives with USB3 for external and the LG Bluray SATA ones for in my desktop computer.

 

I get great results when using the original SATA LG GGW H20L BR writer that was designed by C.A. member "alfe" from Paris.

I prefer the SQ results from it over the next model that I purchased though.

 

Alex

 

How a Digital Audio file sounds, or a Digital Video file looks, is governed to a large extent by the Power Supply area. All that Identical Checksums gives is the possibility of REGENERATING the file to close to that of the original file.

PROFILE UPDATED 13-11-2020

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If you have a good working drive and space in the case ... the most cost effective option would be to get a PCIe IDE card or utilise a SATA to IDE converter.

 

PS. there is an argument that using something like dbPowerAmp which uses AccurateRip checksum system the actual drive doesn't matter. Some people disagree with that so you should make your own mind up (after reading all the opinions) how far you are going to go with either getting your old drive working or assessing different replacement drives.

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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Not all drives are created equal when it comes to reading damaged CDs,or in poor condition such as poor reflectivity ,minor surface scratches/scuff marks., or various brands and formulations of CD-R. The reflective layer was so thin on some earlier CDs that you could hold them up to a light and see through them.

 

How a Digital Audio file sounds, or a Digital Video file looks, is governed to a large extent by the Power Supply area. All that Identical Checksums gives is the possibility of REGENERATING the file to close to that of the original file.

PROFILE UPDATED 13-11-2020

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Not all drives are created equal when it comes to reading damaged CDs,or in poor condition such as poor reflectivity ,minor surface scratches/scuff marks., or various brands and formulations of CD-R. The reflective layer was so thin on some earlier CDs that you could hold them up to a light and see through them.

I agree with you there Alex. Difficult to read CDs will be read more or less successfully by different drives.

Eloise

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...in my opinion / experience...

While I agree "Everything may matter" working out what actually affects the sound is a trickier thing.

And I agree "Trust your ears" but equally don't allow them to fool you - trust them with a bit of skepticism.

keep your mind open... But mind your brain doesn't fall out.

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All -- Thanks for your input! I did indeed save my legacy Plextor drive by installing a PCI-E card that has an IDE input on it. I haven't tried ripping anything yet (I'm waiting for my next copy of BBC Music Magazine), but it plays movies fine, so a assume it is behaving. -- David

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