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Monday, February 18, 2002
PleXWriter PX-W124TS CD-RW

3. DAE Tests

PleXWriter PX-124TS SCSI CDR-W - Page 3

DAE Tests

CD Speed  results:       (Speed : Bigger is better,  Seek Times : less is better, CPU Usage : less is better)

Dae Quality/ Accurate Stream

Speed (x)

Seek Time (ms)

CPU Usage (%)

Start

Average

End

Random

1/3

Full

1x

2x

4x

8x

Sync On

10 - Yes

9.32

15.64

20.40

159

181

291

4

7

11

21

Plextor PX-124TS DAE Graph (Sync Datat Tranfer  On)

Various Rippers Results

Test Method: We used the CDFS.VXD driver and EAC v0.9 pre beta 3 to test the audio capabilities. EAC reported that the drive was capable of producing accurate stream and it also reported "caching off". Tests were made for comparing "Burst" vs "Secure Stream with caching" mode.

Tested CD: The Chemical Brothers "Dig Your Own Hole" - Track :  1, 5, 11

Comparing Method :
- Ripped Tracks 1, 5, 10 of the CD with Drag & Drop (using CDFS) and with EAC (Secure & Burst mode).
- Edited all wavs with Hedit v2.0.04 and located the 2 following bytes (chosen randomly)
- Removed all previous bytes and saved.
- Then in a Dos window compared them using: FC /b x.wav y.wav

Programs Settings:

CDFS Driver v4.00.130: Drag  & Drop
EAC v0.9b:Burst & Secure Mode / Rip Speed Default / Allow speed reduction / Error correction medium

Program

Average Speed / CPU Usage

Listening Quality

1 Track

5 Track

11 Track

CDFS Driver v4.00.130

26sec = 11.03 / 7%

23sec = 15.80x / 11%

24sec = 13.32x / 8%

No clicks. No sec lost. Seemed ok!

EAC v0.9b (burst)

7.8x / 20%

12.8x / 26%

18.8x / 38%

No clicks. No sec lost. Seemed ok!

EAC v0.9b (secure)

3.0x / 6.6%

4.7x / 7.0%

6.0x / 11.0%

No clicks. No sec lost. Seemed ok!

Comparing Results

CDFS Driver v4.00.130

EAC v0.9 (burst)

1 Track

5  Track

10 Track

1 Track

5 Track

10 Track

EAC v0.9b (secure)

same

same

same

same

same

same

Verdict of DAE Results:
The PlexWriter PX-124TS DAE performance is very good. Most people know Plextor drives from their near perfect DAE speed and quality. In this drive also Plextor has that magic touch and managed to make the drive capable of ripping WAVs with speeds up to 18-20x without any problems. Of course, the drive performance is not equal to a Plextor CD-ROM. But this really isn't a problem since most people will find the Plextor PX-124TS DAE performance at least accurate.




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