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DAE quality report on Plextor PX-708A
As stated here, I've tested my drives with the DAE quality test from the EAC homepage.

Further explanations about the test procedure can be found here, so here are the facts about the PX-708A:



Drive: Plextor PX-708A
Firmware:: 1.12


[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at full speed ("Actual" speed setting in EAC)[/size]

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DAE log
Errors total        Num : 159510
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  6310 - Avg :  -71.8 dB(A)  -  Max :  -18.7 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    429 - Avg :    1.0 Samples -  Max :      1 Samples
Skips              Num :      0 - Avg :    0.0 Samples -  Max :      0 Samples

Total Test Result      :  80.9 points (of 100.0 maximum)


EAC log

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Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 4 from 23. January 2008

EAC extraction logfile from 6. February 2008, 23:35

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR DVDR  PX-708A  Adapter: 2  ID: 0

Read mode : Burst

Read offset correction                      : 30
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out          : Yes
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks  : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations      : Yes
Used interface                              : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000
Gap handling                                : Not detected, thus appended to previous track

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format      : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

     Track |  Start  |  Length  | Start sector | End sector
   ---------------------------------------------------------
       1  |  0:00.00 | 74:00.00 |        0    |  332999 


Track  1

     Filename D:\DAE\Plextor PX-708A (2)\EAC - Actual\2\Track01.wav

     Peak level 96.0 %
     Copy CRC 29498C7D
     Track not present in AccurateRip database
     Copy OK


None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database

No errors occurred

End of status report





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DAE log
Errors total        Num : 87886
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  15658 - Avg :  -79.1 dB(A)  -  Max :  -43.9 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    241 - Avg :    1.0 Samples -  Max :      2 Samples
Skips              Num :      0 - Avg :    0.0 Samples -  Max :      0 Samples

Total Test Result      :  80.5 points (of 100.0 maximum)


EAC log

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Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 4 from 23. January 2008

EAC extraction logfile from 8. February 2008, 19:27

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR DVDR  PX-708A  Adapter: 2  ID: 0

Read mode : Burst

Read offset correction                      : 30
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out          : Yes
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks  : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations      : Yes
Used interface                              : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000
Gap handling                                : Not detected, thus appended to previous track

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format      : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

     Track |  Start  |  Length  | Start sector | End sector
   ---------------------------------------------------------
       1  |  0:00.00 | 74:00.00 |        0    |  332999 


Track  1

     Filename D:\DAE\Plextor PX-708A (2)\EAC - 24x\2\Track01.wav

     Peak level 77.4 %
     Copy CRC AF3CC877
     Track not present in AccurateRip database
     Copy OK


None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database

No errors occurred

End of status report





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http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4270


DAE log
Errors total        Num : 258407
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  14135 - Avg :  -73.2 dB(A)  -  Max :  -22.0 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    498 - Avg :    1.0 Samples -  Max :      2 Samples
Skips              Num :    30 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  69.5 points (of 100.0 maximum)


EAC log

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Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 4 from 23. January 2008

EAC extraction logfile from 8. February 2008, 19:37

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR DVDR  PX-708A  Adapter: 2  ID: 0

Read mode : Burst

Read offset correction                      : 30
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out          : Yes
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks  : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations      : Yes
Used interface                              : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000
Gap handling                                : Not detected, thus appended to previous track

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format      : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

     Track |  Start  |  Length  | Start sector | End sector
   ---------------------------------------------------------
       1  |  0:00.00 | 74:00.00 |        0    |  332999 


Track  1

     Filename D:\DAE\Plextor PX-708A (2)\EAC - 8x\Track01.wav

     Timing problem 0:24:44
     Timing problem 0:25:45

     Peak level 77.4 %
     Copy CRC 7455DB03
     Track not present in AccurateRip database
     Copy finished


None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database

No errors occurred

End of status report





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DAE log
Errors total        Num : 1539752
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  36741 - Avg :  -61.1 dB(A)  -  Max :  -6.3 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :  1945 - Avg :    1.1 Samples -  Max :      4 Samples
Skips              Num :    521 - Avg :    7.2 Samples -  Max :    24 Samples

Total Test Result      :  61.3 points (of 100.0 maximum)


EAC log

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Exact Audio Copy V0.99 prebeta 4 from 23. January 2008

EAC extraction logfile from 6. February 2008, 21:11

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR DVDR  PX-708A  Adapter: 2  ID: 0

Read mode : Burst

Read offset correction                      : 30
Overread into Lead-In and Lead-Out          : Yes
Fill up missing offset samples with silence : Yes
Delete leading and trailing silent blocks  : No
Null samples used in CRC calculations      : Yes
Used interface                              : Native Win32 interface for Win NT & 2000
Gap handling                                : Not detected, thus appended to previous track

Used output format : Internal WAV Routines
Sample format      : 44.100 Hz; 16 Bit; Stereo


TOC of the extracted CD

     Track |  Start  |  Length  | Start sector | End sector
   ---------------------------------------------------------
       1  |  0:00.00 | 74:00.00 |        0    |  332999 


Track  1

     Filename D:\DAE\Plextor PX-708A (2)\EAC - 4x\Track01.wav

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     Peak level 99.9 %
     Copy CRC 16B6E096
     Track not present in AccurateRip database
     Copy finished


None of the tracks are present in the AccurateRip database

No errors occurred

End of status report





[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Conclusion[/size]
I tested two different PX-708A drives. One was not able to rip the test CD with speeds lower than 24x (I've tried it for 5 hours - it just got stuck). The other thing which was very interesting: I've done the test with every speed setting twice. On the drive mentioned above, the results for any specific speed quite differed. As all of the results of this drive were a little bit "fishy", I dropped them altogether. So all the results posted above are taken from one drive only.

The DAE results of the PX-708A are better than these of the PX-755A (see the correspondig thread). Very astonishing is the fact, that the best results are produced with the highest speed ("actual" in EAC). The lower the speed gets, the more problems the painted triangle (simulated dirt, I suppose) is causing.
On the other hand, the artifical scratches are handled all the same, there are no big differences between the speed settings.
On the slower speeds (4x and 8x) the extraction took a very long time.

So the PX-708A is a good drive for DAE, but still far away from perfect.