Halc wrote:Best in audio cd writing quality: Yamaha F1
If you want to rip audio cds: Plextor (because Plextor can bypass audio cd copy protections that F1 can't AND has c1/c2 in Plextools AND because Yamaha's tend to break down at least on me when used extensively for high-speed ripping)
If you want longer term reliability: Plextor
If you want future support: Plextor
And please take note that I own both Yamaha and Plextor drives myself, find both to have their specific uses and personally prefer using them both.
Plex makes a good drive, but their manuf quality has dropped significantly. The number of returns I've come across with the newer drives is much higher than it used to be with their earlier drives. 1610 is a tank.
I've had zero issues with audio protection and my F1. EAC does a solid job with error correction when it comes to audio. Zero issues with disc to disc copy as well.
Long term reliability... plenty of folks on the forum have very old Plextor and Yamaha drives. Unless you have drives from both companies that are a couple years old, seems to me you can't comment on that with much authority.
Future support... how much additional support is needed? The CDRW market and technology is mature. There aren't too many new players entering the CDR market. What else is needed?
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