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Offline Hermetech Mastering

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Plextor Drive Source?
« on: February 12, 2012, 09:45:40 am »
I haven't had many requests for physical CDs, but when I did I'd been burning them with the no-brand DVD-RW drive that came with my PC. However, one of the discs was returned by the pressing plant for having too many errors.

I'd never worried too much about it before, but have recently received more requests for physical master CDs. As such, I'd like to source a decent Plextor writer, so that I'd be able to use PlexTools to check the discs before sending them out.

During my research, I've heard that there are "good old" Plextor drives, and "crappy new" ones. It also seems like the good ones are no longer being manufactured.

What were the model numbers of the good ones? Does anyone have a source for one of the "good" drives? I'd prefer new, as opposed to re-conditoned/second-hand if possible. I've seen a few places selling refurbished/re-certified units, for example here:

https://www.esaitech.com/commerce/catalog/product.jsp?product_id=18329&czuid=1276952227570

but I think that sounds a bit risky. What do you reckon? Are none of the easily available new models any good?

Does anyone who is receiving less and less requests for physical CD masters, have a stockpile of the good Plextors, including one they might consider selling to me?

Thanks,

Gregg

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Re: Plextor Drive Source?
« Reply #1 on: February 12, 2012, 02:52:46 pm »
Hey Gregg,
we're still burning lots of CD refs and master for clients, the demand is still there.
About once every few months I scan eB*y for NOS (or slightly used) Premium and 700 series drives.
Usually end up pay between 100-200 USD for a NOS 716 or Premium.
Just bought one this weekend in fact.
A bit like rolling the dice, sometimes they work, sometimes not, sometimes you need to "refresh" the firmware, which can still be found online, well worth the effort.

But its getting pretty dicey at this point, not many NOS drives left out there.

I may resort to reserving our PX drives for testing in the not too distant future.

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Re: Plextor Drive Source?
« Reply #2 on: February 12, 2012, 06:28:07 pm »
I have purchased Plextor drives from this company before http://www.cheeverind.com/PX-760A.html
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Re: Plextor Drive Source?
« Reply #3 on: February 13, 2012, 03:47:58 am »
Thanks for the info, I will try and get one from the link above!

[EDIT] It costs $95, but they want at least $141.31 for shipping to Milan, so I don't think I'll be going there.
« Last Edit: February 13, 2012, 04:02:02 am by Babaluma »

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Re: Plextor Drive Source?
« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2012, 03:55:00 am »
[EDIT] It costs $95, but they want at least $141.31 for shipping to Milan, so I don't think I'll be going there.

Perhaps one of the fine US colleagues on this very board would help if asked nicely - internal shipping to them, they send it to you at cost?
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