The PlexWriter 40/12/40A E-IDE (ATAPI) drive is the leader in its class with blazing recording and rewrite speed. Recording at 40X speed, the new drive is capable of burning a CD in just over three minutes.
Features like BURN-Proof and PoweRec-II ensure maximum quality and data integrity
Total Solution features
Part # (retail kit): PX-W4012TA/SW (internal) (Box Contents)
E-IDE (ATAPI-4) interface
3-in-1 drive: 40X CD-R, 12X CD-RW, 40X max CD-ROM
120ms Average Random Access
4 MB Buffer
Records highest quality audio CDs (audio recording speed limited to 24X)
Capable of Digital Audio Extraction at 40X max
Supports CD-DA; CD-ROM (Mode 1); CD-ROM (Mixed Mode); CD-ROM XA (Mode 2, Form 1 and Form 2 and Mixed Form; CD-I; Photo CD; Video CD; CD-Extra; CD+G; CD Text
Compatible with a large number of CD-R and CD-RW media
Burn-Proof technology eliminates buffer underrun errors in fast write modes, allows for multi-tasking
Flash ROM allows for easy upgrade over the Internet
Windows 98/2000/ME/XP Compatible
Supports Disc-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Variable & Fixed packet writing modes
One-Year Full Warranty and Unlimited Toll-Free Tech Support
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From 16x10x40 to 32x10x40 TDK has been using Sanyo for their CD-RW drives vs Plextor. You can always tell the difference because Plextor drives sport one LED while Sanyo drives have two. I personally recommend Sanyo, Ricoh, Samsung, Yamaha, Teac, LiteOn, Sony, and Mitsumi.
If you want to burn on the fly at 24X then your reader is as important as your burner. The digital audio extraction speed (DAE) of the CD-ROM or DVD player is always slower than the rated speed of the unit and few will supply digital audio at 24X, much less 40X.
You can get a Lite-On 40X burner and a Lite-On LTD163 DVD player for less than the cost of the 40X Plextor. The Lite-On LTD163 has one of the fastest DAE speeds you can get. You can probably record on the fly at 32X and certainly at 24X using the LTD163 as a reader. Here is a good list of DAE speeds for various drives: http://www.cdspeed2000.com/go.php3?link=daeresults.php3 The Kenwoods at the top of the list had problems and I donít think they are still available.
Almost all name brand 24X and higher burners have some sort of burn-proof technology which seems to work well. Another technology to consider is the new Mt Rainier format. Mt Rainier can completely replace the floppy drive. Since the MB makers are talking about the floppy connection going the way of the ISA bus you might as well get it even though MS hasnít released OS support for it yet. Both the 40X Plextor and Lite-On are reported to have hardware support for Mt Rainier but I havenít seen a report on either. Lite-On has been making good equipment of late.
Most burners make their best recordings at or near their max rated speed. The newer burners seem to have fewer problems than the earlier ones. There isnít a burner that will guarantee you wonít have problems though. You can have bus limitations that have nothing to do with the burner, but a modern burner should be able to burn fine at high speeds.
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Allow me to echo slipe's ideas of purchasing a Lite-on burner and Lite-on DVD drive for less than the cost of the Plextor 40X. I did just this from Newegg (LiteOn LTD163 and Lite-on 32X burner) for less than $150 shipped. I can burn on the fly at 24x with no problems.
This was the best purchase that I have made in a long while.
The Lite-on burner (using CloneCD) can copy anything that I throw it - even (cough) SafeDisc2 Revision 2.51.021 (cough), which is supposed to be able to thwart most SD2 burners. If you really want a 40x, Newegg has one as well ($115, as I recall).
That being said, the Plextor is a very, very good drive. All my previous burners have been Plextor.