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    DVD Writer recommendations wanted

    Hi Guys,

    I'm looking for a replacement DVD writer after a slight water cooling accident flooded my old one. Basic criteria is that it should be good at ripping audio CD's, especially scratched ones. I don't need Lightscribe or Labelflash, I've got a perfectly good sharpie that will write on my discs

    Any suggestions?

    Cheers,
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    Pioneer 112d, but they all do the same job, Samsung if you want SATA

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    Plextor for ultimate audio quality.

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    Another vote for Samsung - very quiet and SATA whilst not offering any speed improvements does lead to lower cpu usage and makes the inside look nicer

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    Samsung, Pioneer, and Plextor, but Plextor are way overpriced and no better than the other two.

    I have drives by all three - Samsung for SATA and Pioneer for PATA. Nowadays there are probably no real 'bad uns' from the main manufacturers, the market is too mature and competative for 'cowboys' to survive.
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    Thanks for the recommendations guys, I'm sure all of them burn DVD's perfectly. However, the burning (groan) question I have, is how well do they read damaged audio CD's? Which makes will sail through and which will give up at the first hint of a scratch?

    Cheers,
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    Quote Originally Posted by Mad-Max View Post
    Pioneer 112 or you could get it in sata
    I am quite tempted by the Pioneer, I must admit, as I have an older Pioneer 8x drive already which sometimes read disks where my NEC drive failed, but even it struggles sometimes. The best drive I ever had for reading dodgy CD's was a Sony CD-RW drive, although that struggles to read DVD's, never mind write to them!

    I use Exact Audio Copy to rip my discs, but even so some of them fail to rip (they came out of the bargain bucket in HMV, so I didn't see the point in taking them back as they play OK in a CD player).

    Cheers,
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    Well Plextor don't make their own drives anymore - they're just rebadged NECs I believe although there are rumours that the new 810SA model is a rebadged pioneer.

    The Lite-on (20A1H/P/S) is good for reading, ripping and scanning discs. It writes pretty well too. They can be noisy though and there are a few complaints regarding their overall build quality.

    Pioneer (112/212) is good for writing (especially DL) as are LG (H44 or H62).

    Samsung (203) are supposed to be good all rounders but in the past they had DVD-R lead-in issues. I don't know if that's still the case though.

    If you after reviews and scans on their writing ability (with various media) for the models above (plus more), I'd take a look at cdfreaks. There's a wealth of information there which may help you decide on what's best.

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    Quote Originally Posted by fat jez View Post
    I use Exact Audio Copy to rip my discs, but even so some of them fail to rip (they came out of the bargain bucket in HMV, so I didn't see the point in taking them back as they play OK in a CD player).
    Same here - great app

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    Samsung, awesome.

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