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R/E/P => Mastering Dynamics => Topic started by: Thomas W. Bethel on October 27, 2011, 08:54:56 am

Title: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Thomas W. Bethel on October 27, 2011, 08:54:56 am
I walked into our local computer shop and sitting on the Clearance Shelf was a brand new Plextor Premium CD burner in a sealed box. I thought WOW! So I brought it, came home and installed it and downloaded Plextools XL off the net and it is working GREAT! I wonder how many of these are still sitting on back shelves covered with dust just waiting for someone to know what they are. I am really really happy and wanted to share. Now back to our regularly scheduled program....
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: lowland on October 27, 2011, 09:11:52 am
Congrats, Tom, that should keep you going for a while.
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Jerry Tubb on October 27, 2011, 11:13:54 am
Fortune smiles upon you my brother!

You know they're out there...

I still find NOS 716's on eB*y once in awhile

 but they're getting rarer.

JT
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: MoreSpaceEcho on October 27, 2011, 02:15:00 pm
a rare find indeed! how much did it set you back, if you don't mind my asking?
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Thomas W. Bethel on October 28, 2011, 06:33:49 am
a rare find indeed! how much did it set you back, if you don't mind my asking?

$50.00 which I gladly paid. The owner of the store said he had ordered in for a client who later changed his mind and it had been sitting on the shelves in back ever since. I was at the store to purchase a fan for my office computer. I asked him if he had any other Plextors in stock but he said he did not.
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Oldfart57 on November 04, 2011, 11:11:07 am
Hello Thomas,
                 perfect timing of this thread (for me). Just had a new DAW built for me. And in anticipation of the day this would happen (a couple of years ago) I had purchased a spare "Premium" !

I have 3 questions for you:

1- which version of Windows are you running?
2- which version of Plextools did you install?
3- I assume you got that version on Plextor's site? If not where?

Thank you in advance for your reply,

Denis
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Thomas W. Bethel on November 05, 2011, 07:16:00 am
1. Windows XP Pro build three

2. Plextools XL most current version

3. I got it off the Plextor website - here is the web address http://www.plextor-digital.eu/index.php/component/option,com_jdownloads/Itemid,0/catid,86/cid,470/task,view.download/

Best of luck.
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Oldfart57 on November 05, 2011, 08:40:03 am
1. Windows XP Pro build three

2. Plextools XL most current version

3. I got it off the Plextor website - here is the web address http://www.plextor-digital.eu/index.php/component/option,com_jdownloads/Itemid,0/catid,86/cid,470/task,view.download/

Best of luck.

Thanks Thomas.

You think there's a chance I can have the laster version working with Windows 7 PRO?
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: OTR Mastering on November 05, 2011, 01:52:45 pm
I haven't had much luck running Plextools (any version) on Win7 Pro. Maybe I don't have the right version...? Any using it successfully? Which version?

Thnx.
JL
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Oldfart57 on November 05, 2011, 02:02:10 pm
I haven't had much luck running Plextools (any version) on Win7 Pro. Maybe I don't have the right version...? Any using it successfully? Which version?

Thnx.
JL

Thanks for the info JL

Hopefully some one here as an answer?

Denis
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Thomas W. Bethel on November 06, 2011, 06:17:29 am
There are lots of places that sell refurbished computers for less than $200 and they come with Windows XP pre loaded. In a pinch you could always just purchase a second computer for CD checking. Here is one place that sells them.http://www.microcenter.com/single_product_results.phtml?product_id=0360494
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Oldfart57 on November 06, 2011, 11:34:35 am
I haven't had much luck running Plextools (any version) on Win7 Pro. Maybe I don't have the right version...? Any using it successfully? Which version?

Thnx.
JL

JL,
    have you tired it with Windows 7's XP mode ?

Denis
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: John Moran on November 07, 2011, 02:29:04 pm
why not get a new Plextor 890 with Plexutilities?  50bux all in the box at Fry's.

no chasing old drives and software that may or  may not work on modern systems.

Plextors and Lite-Ons are basically Philips burners anyway. They match up pretty well with the Philips blank discs, not that there a lot of discs being torched these days.

yes, I still have a 760, it's fine with PlexTools but if the new 890 works and is readily available, no problem.
Just dropped an 890 into the mastering crate, we'll see in a few days if there are any issues here, I don't think there will be but if there are, you'll hear from me.
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: jdg on November 07, 2011, 03:32:36 pm
plexutilities is no where as useful as plextools.

their new burners do burn great tho.

Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: John Moran on November 07, 2011, 04:29:04 pm
in a cursory look at the lit that came with it, Plexutilities didn't seem to be lacking and my main interest is C1/C2/CU for CD checking and it has that according to what I've read.

what am I missing of serious consequence from Plextools (which I still have+burner for it) ?  the whole rig is dismantled for a move at the moment so it will be a few days before I dive back  into it.
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: jdg on November 07, 2011, 05:19:02 pm
what i've found, is PU's readings aren't very constant -- and im not sure trust worthy.

i tested a disc with both PU and PT, and the PT one had the same reading everytime, and the PU one was different, sometimes drastically.

YMMV/FWIW/ZIPZAP/BOOMBAP

:)
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: John Moran on November 07, 2011, 05:35:29 pm
well, cool.

when things get reassembled, i'll try the same test here and see what happens.

what burners were you using for the tests?
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: jdg on November 07, 2011, 06:29:56 pm
880SA and 716A

hopefully one day, masters on CDRs will be as rare as u-matic masters are today
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: John Moran on November 07, 2011, 06:39:49 pm
what, you don't miss your BVU and the chatter of a DTA printing out results that show you just wasted the last couple of hours due to one error at the 67 minute mark ? 

i'm gonna go stripe some tape just for old times' sake...  :'(

Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: jdg on November 08, 2011, 04:50:29 pm
luckily i wasn't old enough to make masters for that format, just run them in the dupe lab
Title: Re: A rare find...Plextor Premium
Post by: Matt_G on November 09, 2011, 11:05:04 am
I've only just noticed this thread now as I also haven't been on PSW in a while mainly for the same reasons. Usually too much work on. All the best Brad, you've run a tight ship. I was going to say DC would be a good replacement but he has his own forum now anyway..

No doubt we'll be in touch on other forums or on FB.