- Test Method:
We used CD DAE 99 v0.2 and EAC v0.9 prebeta 8 software
in order to check DAE performance of the Plextor PX-W1610A with various
AudioCDs. We have added EAC back to the testing arena since many users requested
it. Note that the posted DAE results are the average of both applications,
but the CPU usage is only taken from CD DAE 99. EAC seems to occupy the
system much more. As a last note, we used the "BURST" reading
mode of EAC. Use made a full CD Rip starting from the first to the last
track of the CD. The Average DAE reported speed along with the CPU Usage
is displayed in the test graphs.
We used EAC v0.9 prebeta 8 to examine the drive's features. As the program
reported, the drive "Caches" data, and supports "Accurate
Stream" and "C2" error info. However our attempts to activate
"C2" error info always locked our PC :( The specifications state
that the drive can reach up to 40x DAE (max)!
- Pressed AudioCD results (check the CD
Speed graph over here):
We can announce the new king of DAE performance! The PX-W1610A is simply
the fastest CDR-W drive in the DAE ripping speed! The drive can go up to
40x and the average ripping speed is around 30x. The Yamaha 2100E
that also supports 40x DAE (max) lags behind with 28x and the TDK/Sanyo
drives come last (23x). The CPU usage is also increased and the UDMA
2 mode (jumper hack) didn't seem to help here:
- CDR AudioCD Tests:
The PX-W1610A working great with CDR media and has not problem to climb
to 31.5x! The Yamaha 2100E still comes second (28.1x) and the TDK/Sanyo
drives last (23.5x):
- Advanced DAE Quality:
The PX-W1610A got a perfect score (100) in the CD Speed 99 Advanced DAE
test. The competition also does perfect DAE. Notice that is this test, CD Speed
reported only 27.26x as the average speed, which is slower than what Yamaha
2100E got in the same test! We used many CDs and we got the same results so
it's must be a program error we thought in the start. The CD Speed author said
that "..During the test some lengthy calculations are done so the speed
shown in the Advanced DAE Quality Test is a bit lower than the maximum speed..."
which could explain it:
The drive supports reading from "lead-in"/"lead-out" and
can read Subchannel data as the Advanced DAE test showed. However it also reported
that the drive cannot read CD-Text which is false since the drive support CD-Text
reading (just check the specification) and worked fine with the Plextor CD-Text
- Ripping 90 and 95mins AudioCDs
Ok you have written up to 95min CDs. Can the PleXWriter PX-W1610A read them?
The answer is yes and no(!) Note that the current CD DAE 99 v0.2 version
stops reading at 85mins and for that propose a new version would be released
out from CD DAE 99 author (Erik Deppe)
used Nero 188.8.131.52 and made a 91min task -overburned 90min CD - (supplied
from Medea International).
After we used CD Speed 99 to quick measure the drive's performance. The
drive performed very good and it gave back average 34x ripping speed! There
is however a slow down after 80mins (check left picture).
that we used the 95min AudioCD which has been created using Nero 184.108.40.206 and
99min CD (supplied from Disc
4 You). The drive reads the first track OK, but then seems to have problems
from 10-40min. After that, it continues at normal speed until it reaches 90mins.
Then again, it slows down to 4x. Also, notice that the drive produces lot of
reading errors and the DAE seems very bad (got 0 score). The problem is not
with the drive but with the media... Remember that both 90 and 99-minute CDs
are not officially supported by any CD standard!