Plextor has asked people to stop RMA'ing their drives... and since my drive seems to represent the bulk of PX-712a's being sold, I think it's a good indicator of what to expect from this model. Who wants to have to RMA their drive 1-3 times to get a working unit? That is not the kind of quality people are supposedly getting when they pay the extra premium for a plextor drive.
So pending the release of Plextor's offical "yes we admit out drives suck without this" firmware, I will not be RMA'ing my drive.
And so far, every PX-712a I've seen, whether they burn media ok or not, has not been a good reader. They have VERY low Jitter/Beta tolerances... but hey, they aren't PI/PIF Errors, so they can't be that important right?
Ask anyone who has actually put the PX-712a through any kind of rigerous testing just how well it performs on reading damaged discs, or discs with high jitter. This can be partially seen here
, although neither CDRinfo.com or CDFreaks seem to do any kind of jitter or beta testing or make any mention of this limitation.
However, for my purposes, this is actually quite a good thing
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media