Most of the folks here will tell you to get the Plextor, any Plextor, and I tend to agree IF you intend to use a SCSI interface. But if you want to go with IDE, HP offers several good options as well. I've also heard good mention of Ricoh, but I have no experience with them personally. As far as price is concerned, It mostly depends on the speed you want, more speed = more $$$$$$!
Let us know what you decide!
My recommendation, go get yourself a Creative 6424 CDRW. Why???
Coz I've got one too! heeee......
Seriously, yup as previously mentioned, I think you should go for those big names in writers, typically Plextor, Ricoh or the Yam. If you're burning big time, then maybe opt for a SCSI drive, otherwise an internal HP or Sony IDE will do the job pretty well.
As for those spinning vinyls, it may sound as easy as having a cable with two RCA connectors at one end (connected to your TurnTable) and a mini headphone jack (pluged into the "line in" of your sound card) but remember those signal outputs from the cartridge ain't gonna be that high to drive the amplifying circuit intergrated in your sound card.
Unless of course, if you've got a sound card with built in phono stage then it's a different story alltogether.
Thus, the only option I presume we have now, is to see if your Hi-Fi amplifier has "pre amp out" sockets at the back, connect those RCA jacks there and crank the volume to a suitable level. No pre amp out? Then I'd suggest one of those cables with headphone jacks (male) on both ends, connecting your amp to the sound card.
time is against us
[This message has been edited by clock (edited 04-26-2000).]
Sound and freqency response directly from the turntable will not work. True you will be able to record sound, but from the perspective of creating a usable CD, it will not work.
What you need to do is connect the AUX (auxiliary) output of your stereo to the AUX input of your sound card. Alternatively, these connectors may be labled LINE IN and LINE OUT. This is necessary for several reasons, amoung them are standard signal levels, frequency response, freqency spectrum compensation, input/output impedance,... .
Long experience in bad old days (like 1996) of CD-R: nightmares of compatibility
across platforms which led to a subculture of studio geeks comparing discs from
various burners, scrutinizing firmware updates and manufacturing details in an attempt
to find something, ANYTHING, that would work.....
....and we came up with Yamaha. Don't get me wrong, things are quite different these
days, and many burners are fine....but you can have my bloody Yamahas when you pry
them from my cold, calloused hands.
I currently have 4416SX and 6416SX (these are external SCSI-2 versions) installed on
multiple sights, and have yet to burn a disc that won't play in the oldest, most rundown
non-multi-session CDROM's and audio CD players (our favorite litmus test gadget:
vintage Sony bookshelf system player, circa 1985!).
If it sounds like I'm raving, sorry. I just remember what it was like when burning CD's
was more akin to witchcraft than science. I'm keepin' my Yamahas.