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Which drive to buy Plextor, Lite-On or TDK?

Postby ThingFish on Thu Aug 21, 2003 1:53 pm

I've read nothing but great reviews on the Plextor Premium and the Lite-On LTR-52327S. I have a 24X TDK Velo drive now and want to upgrade. I can't find any reliable reviews on the TDK 48X or 52X, I heard the DAE on the TDK 48X is good.

Main uses:

Burning CD images
DAE must be good

Any comments would be helpfull
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Re: Which drive to buy Plextor, Lite-On or TDK?

Postby Ian on Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:21 pm

ThingFish wrote:I can't find any reliable reviews on the TDK 48X or 52X, I heard the DAE on the TDK 48X is good.


What? You mustn't have checked the review section of our website. :o
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Re: Which drive to buy Plextor, Lite-On or TDK?

Postby Nogib on Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:35 pm

ThingFish wrote:I can't find any reliable reviews on the TDK 48X or 52X.


That's because you don't really need to. TDK doesn't make their own drives. Currently TDK is using Lite-On. Read a review for the equivalent Lite-On drive, and you'll automatically know how the rebadged TDK drive performs.
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Postby ThingFish on Thu Aug 21, 2003 2:59 pm

DOH! Didn't realize the TDK were Lite-On drives repackaged. Thanks guys
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Postby CowboySlim on Thu Aug 21, 2003 3:27 pm

If software is an issue, you get the preferred Ahead Nero bundled with the LiteOn.
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Postby daveman_84 on Thu Aug 21, 2003 4:39 pm

I have a TDK drive also...how can I find out which model Lite-On it is?
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Postby CDRecorder on Thu Aug 21, 2003 9:43 pm

Which TDK drive do you have? Despite the fact that many TDK drives are made by Lite-On, some are made by other vendors.
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Postby CDRecorder on Thu Aug 21, 2003 10:33 pm

I would suggest buying the LTR-52327S. In fact, I just bought one, but it's on backorder right now. :(
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Postby CowboySlim on Thu Aug 21, 2003 11:25 pm

I would suggest buying the LTR-52327S. In fact, I just bought one, but it's on backorder right now.

2nd day in a row that I've received and e-mail from Best Buy saying that mine is on back order and will be shipped in 23 days.

Maybe they have it on a treadmill - it's moving but going nowhere. :roll:
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Postby CDRecorder on Thu Aug 21, 2003 11:34 pm

I never got an e-mail stating when they expected to ship the drive, but I did get an e-mail stating that the cd-labeler kit shipped and the drive did not.
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Postby daveman_84 on Fri Aug 22, 2003 12:28 am

CDRecorder wrote:Which TDK drive do you have? Despite the fact that many TDK drives are made by Lite-On, some are made by other vendors.


I have a TDK CDRW4800B. Hope that helps. What I'm really trying to accomplish is firmware upgrades, and I don't know where to start with this particular drive.
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Postby aviationwiz on Fri Aug 22, 2003 12:37 am

I'd get the Plextor Premium, it costs quite a bit more, but if you are going to burn a lot of cd's, and want the extra quality and features, get it. Otherwise if you are just looking for a cheap drive, the LTR-52327S will do.
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Postby hoxlund on Fri Aug 22, 2003 2:05 pm

i would opt for the plextor, but if burning "back-up" only is your thing, the liteon is fine, but the write quality will be better on the plextor
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Postby Ian on Sat Aug 23, 2003 7:26 pm

hoxlund wrote:i would opt for the plextor, but if burning "back-up" only is your thing, the liteon is fine, but the write quality will be better on the plextor


You sure about that?
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Postby hoxlund on Sat Aug 23, 2003 8:26 pm

from my experiance, both drives write performance are excellent but the plextor is a more consistant quality burner
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Postby CDRecorder on Sat Aug 23, 2003 8:28 pm

daveman_84 wrote:I have a TDK CDRW4800B. Hope that helps. What I'm really trying to accomplish is firmware upgrades, and I don't know where to start with this particular drive.


I think your drive may be an LTR-48246S. You might find this thread informative.
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