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Best currently made/accurate external cd burner for use with MacBook pro
Old 13th May 2011
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Best currently made/accurate external cd burner for use with MacBook pro

Hi,

Not looking for old Plextor models I need to scrounge for on EBay, etc.....

Thank you for sharing!!

Larry Goldsmith
Old 8th April 2012
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I would also love to know but I fear this info doesn't exist. With CDs rapidly becoming extinct there is no motivation for new quality external/mac burning tools.

I hope I'm wrong?
Old 8th April 2012
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Old 9th April 2012
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The only thing that matters is the error rate of the burned discs. An error rate test (Plextools, etc.) will tell you if a burner / CD combination is working well or not. I'm currently using a $20 Lite-on drive I got at Microcenter with JVC discs and getting similar results to my Plextor Premium.

Pop a drive in a USB external case and try it. They're priced to be disposable now so you can try a few until you find a good one.

GR
Old 9th April 2012
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The OP is using a Mac, so AFAIK Plextools won't work and there is still no OSX program for error detection

Unless one of you has some new information...
Old 9th April 2012
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The OP is using a Mac, so AFAIK Plextools won't work and there is still no OSX program for error detection

Unless one of you has some new information...
Bootcamp here with Windows XP and a Plextor PX-716UF running PlexTools. I burn with some $30 Pioneer drive and then error check with the Plextor. The Pioneer works great and has been running strong for awhile now. I'm getting very low C1 error rates with it and Taiyo Yuden's. I really wish there was a CD error checking application for OSX but it's not looking likely to ever happen.
Old 10th April 2012
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Bootcamp here with Windows XP and a Plextor PX-716UF running PlexTools. I burn with some $30 Pioneer drive and then error check with the Plextor. The Pioneer works great and has been running strong for awhile now. I'm getting very low C1 error rates with it and Taiyo Yuden's. I really wish there was a CD error checking application for OSX but it's not looking likely to ever happen.
sounds familiar!

I'm running a 716 with my MacBook on XP.

That's the limit of my MS Windows skills : - )

But I'm still having good luck finding ancient NOS Plextors on eB*y.

Just last month found a NOS 2003 Premium, updated the firmware, burns fine.

best, JT
Old 15th December 2016
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I still have CD-Rs and still use an old Marantz CD burner but may upgrade. I still track using a Boss Br-8 which uses a digital out to connect to the digital in of the Marantz CD burner.

I'm looking into a CD burner that uses lightscribe and has digital inputs. I think Lacie owns the lightscribe technology.

I still think the CD is still standard in presenting a finished product for presentation to labels and for turning it to "digital" for the new crowd.

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I would also love to know but I fear this info doesn't exist. With CDs rapidly becoming extinct there is no motivation for new quality external/mac burning tools.

I hope I'm wrong?
Old 15th December 2016
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I have very good luck with the BluRay Samsung drives. https://www.amazon.com/Samsung-SH-22...+bluray+burner

FWIW
Old 15th December 2016
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Thanks for the suggestion. It looks good feature wise but missing the Lightscribe feature I'm seeking. The discs I use are Lightscribe and 52x compatible. I hope the product you suggested could work for 52x discs.
Old 17th December 2016
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Thanks for the suggestion. It looks good feature wise but missing the Lightscribe feature I'm seeking. The discs I use are Lightscribe and 52x compatible. I hope the product you suggested could work for 52x discs.
My suggestion would be to find something other than "lightscribe" to write on your discs. The problem is the media is going to be fast disappearing. It was never as popular as it was meant to be and I am not seeing a lot of lightscribe discs for sale anywhere on the internet. Just a suggestion.
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