What is a good external optical drive for ripping and burning CD's?

Discussion in 'Digital Sources' started by mr.jones, Jun 27, 2017.

  1. mr.jones

    mr.jones AK Subscriber Subscriber

    Flagstaff, AZ
    "Personally I simply bought two comparatively priceworthy (ca. 25 Euro each) external 5.25 drive cases with USB 2.0 <-> IDE/SATA about 2 1/2 years ago, so I can turn random internal CD/DVD/BRD drives into external ones."
    Greetings lini,

    I noticed that many of the external optical drives that had the option to switch to a external SATA drive which is why they come with 3.0 USB and addition buffering MB.


    Please register to disable this ad.

  2. FauxHall

    FauxHall Super Member

    Abu Dhabi, UAE
    Other than longevity, I don't think the hardware for CDs matters much. What is more important is the software you use to do the rips and burns. I second EAC. It is a little clunky but I always use the check data option and convert to compressed FLAC. I just bought the cheapest external unit I could find after my internal unit crapped out. Connects via USB.

    Then I transfer the FLAC files to my Sony HAP-Z1ES and HAP-S1 players using the Sony software and playback from there.

    I don't have another CD player. I loved SACDs but they are non-existent in my market in the UAE. Hi-Res downloads can be great and very convenient but the selection is frustratingly limited.
  3. Salar

    Salar Member

    As far as I remember, having the possibility to reduce rotational speed and switch off the drives internal error correction matters as well. One good program btw is XLD.

Share This Page