Plextor CD burners for computer, All pretty Good??

Discussion in 'Mastering' started by J-MADD, Apr 25, 2005.

  1. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    I am looking into getting a new CD burner for my computer b/c some of the masters that I have made don't play on all CD players. I use CD architect to layout my projects. Anyways, Best Buy has a couple Plextor burners for sale. One is only around $100. I was wondering if these would produce alot less errors per disc as compared to my burner on my Sony Vio computer and thus be easily read by CD players. Thanks.

    Justin
     
  2. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    In general, all plextors i've tried work great. do you know which model your looking at?
     
  3. chriscavell

    chriscavell Guest

    The internal 716A carried by BestBuy is a good choice...probably the best one Best Buy carries.
     
  4. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Yes the ones they carry are the PX-716a and one that you don't have to install in your tower (usb connection) the PX-716UF. So I am thinking either of these would improve the readability of my projects on a variety of players. Is that correct?

    Justin

    P.S. I've also read that its a good idea to go with Tayo Uden Discs.
     
  5. chriscavell

    chriscavell Guest

    I don't trust external drives (especially USB) for critical applications. I recommend getting an internal drive.

    Tayo Yuden for almost (umm...maybe actually) a decade have manufactured the most consistent high quality CDR's. Their only real competition in the past for this niche was Mitsui Gold...but I don't think those are manufactured anymore.
     
  6. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Thanks alot for the info guys!

    Justin :cool:
     
  7. Massive Mastering

    Massive Mastering Well-Known Member

    Best bet - Make sure that it'll run PlexTools Professional and has the capability to read BLER.

    As far as I know, the PlexWriter Premium and the 716 fall into that category.

    Tayio Yuden discs rock - Normally... I've had a few less than stellar batches recently.

    Mitusi Gold are still around (under the MAM-A) label. Just got another 100 in a few days ago. They also rock (big time) but they also cost (big time). Not like the old days when a blank CD-R was $50, but somewhere around $1.30 or so...
     
  8. chriscavell

    chriscavell Guest

    Thanks for the heads up on Mitsui Gold John...I thought they were entirely out of production.

    The 716A is compatible with plextools pro and plextools pro XL (which isn't free)...I picked one up a few days ago to replace a failing drive in one of my production computers. I've been pleased with it.
     
  9. J-MADD

    J-MADD Active Member

    Sweet!
     
  10. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    Good to know. What's the difference in Plextools pro XL?
     
  11. chriscavell

    chriscavell Guest

    Not sure exactly...looks like it's primarily a gui change more than anything and some additional right click functionality...i'm still in the demo period on it. I haven't spotted anything that makes it any more useful than pro 2.21 really.
     
  12. Michael Fossenkemper

    Michael Fossenkemper Distinguished past mastering moderator Well-Known Member

    hmmm, Does it just do what they call C1 and C2 error checking? or does it do others.
     
  13. chriscavell

    chriscavell Guest

    Here ya go:
    http://

    The only potentially useful difference I see is possibly the cue sheet support with it's burning app...for what that's worth. (Might be useful if you're burning app doesn't yet recognize the drive...but most pro software has ways around that anyway.)

    Oh...and it's graphs are prettier.
     
  14. chriscavell

    chriscavell Guest

    It checks for BLER or C1 (E11+E21+E31), C2 (E22), and CU (E32). It also has many other tests that you may or may not find useful.
     

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