In the three short years I had my CD writer, I learned a little bit about the process behind making audio CDs. I learned about digital audio extraction (DAE), the different CD writer applications, and what CD-R drive I should have purchased. Let's talk about my limited experience with DAE first.
My old Toshiba CD-ROM functioned perfectly in everyday use, but it couldn't produce a clean CD audio copy without at least 4 or 5 tries and there's no telling how many inaudible pops and hisses were in those tracks that seemed clean. I found that it took me about thirty minutes to make an accurate rip for each song I wanted. Back then, CD-DA was the only extraction shareware around, but CD-DA's jitter correction couldn't help my poor drive.
Tiring of the gross amount of time I wasted on ripping and listening to each song to check for errors, I decided to find a CR-ROM drive specifically for audio extraction. In my quest to find a CD-ROM that could extract (or "rip") error free audio tracks from CDs, one brand was always on top of every recommendation list: Plextor.
Impressed with the number of Plextor recommendations I received from various online and offline sources, I decided to buy a Plextor UltraPlex 32x drive. To this day, the drive performs beautifully, It rips like a dream. These days I extract tracks and burn them onto compilation CDs without even listening to the .wav files to check for errors.
Time to buy a new CD-R
My positive experience with the Plextor CD-ROM drive convinced me that I had to get a Plextor for my new CD-R drive. The only drawback with buying a Plextor drive is the cost. Being the best allows Plextor to command a significant premium over the other drives on the market.
I was originally looking into the PlexWriter 8/20, an 8x recorder and 20x reader, but I also wanted a burner that could handle CD-RW (CD ReWritable) media. Fortunately, just a few months ago, Plextor released the PlexWriter 8/2/20, an 8x recorder, 2x rewriter, and 20x reader. Drooling over 8x write and 2x ReWrite ability, I went with the Plextor 8/2/20.