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DAE quality report on Plextor Premium
So, I was finally able to get my hands on a Premium for a reasonable price...

Here you can get some info about what I'm trying to do here.


Drive: Plextor Premium
Firmware:: 1.07


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

Image
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4852

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 629018
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  20664 - Avg :  -70.0 dB(A)  -  Max :  -14.4 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :  5719 - Avg :    1.2 Samples -  Max :    27 Samples
Skips              Num :    17 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  67.7 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 13. December 2008, 14:53

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR CD-R  PREMIUM  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 Premium\EAC - Actual\2\Unknown Artist\Unknown Artist - Unknown Title\01 - Track01.wav

     Peak level 94.3 %
     Copy CRC 23BC41FB
     Cannot be verified as accurate (confidence 2)  [EA74A0E8], AccurateRip returned [104033BA]
     Copy OK


No tracks could be verified as accurate
You may have a different pressing from the one(s) in the database

No errors occurred

End of status report




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 40x (EAC)[/size]

Image
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4851

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 635540
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  20702 - Avg :  -70.2 dB(A)  -  Max :  -17.8 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :  5956 - Avg :    1.2 Samples -  Max :      8 Samples
Skips              Num :    24 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  67.0 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 13. December 2008, 15:12

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR CD-R  PREMIUM  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 Premium\EAC - 40x\1\Unknown Artist\Unknown Artist - Unknown Title\01 - Track01.wav

     Peak level 97.4 %
     Copy CRC 2BBE72EB
     Cannot be verified as accurate (confidence 2)  [7312A5F2], AccurateRip returned [104033BA]
     Copy OK


No tracks could be verified as accurate
You may have a different pressing from the one(s) in the database

No errors occurred

End of status report




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 32x (EAC)[/size]

Image
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4850

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 485759
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  27522 - Avg :  -75.5 dB(A)  -  Max :  -18.5 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :  2048 - Avg :    1.0 Samples -  Max :      2 Samples
Skips              Num :      1 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  74.2 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 13. December 2008, 15:09

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR CD-R  PREMIUM  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 Premium\EAC - 32x\1\Unknown Artist\Unknown Artist - Unknown Title\01 - Track01.wav

     Peak level 79.5 %
     Copy CRC 05808432
     Cannot be verified as accurate (confidence 2)  [DE6840A6], AccurateRip returned [104033BA]
     Copy OK


No tracks could be verified as accurate
You may have a different pressing from the one(s) in the database

No errors occurred

End of status report




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 24x (EAC)[/size]

Image
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4849

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 308226
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  13904 - Avg :  -73.5 dB(A)  -  Max :  -22.0 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    841 - Avg :    1.0 Samples -  Max :      1 Samples
Skips              Num :      3 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  73.6 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 13. December 2008, 14:58

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR CD-R  PREMIUM  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 Premium\EAC - 24x\2\Unknown Artist\Unknown Artist - Unknown Title\01 - Track01.wav

     Peak level 77.4 %
     Copy CRC 0A47F4DC
     Cannot be verified as accurate (confidence 2)  [49B0011A], AccurateRip returned [104033BA]
     Copy OK


No tracks could be verified as accurate
You may have a different pressing from the one(s) in the database

No errors occurred

End of status report




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 8x (EAC)[/size]

Image
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4848

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 337356
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  22921 - Avg :  -75.3 dB(A)  -  Max :  -18.5 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    673 - Avg :    1.0 Samples -  Max :      2 Samples
Skips              Num :      0 - Avg :    0.0 Samples -  Max :      0 Samples

Total Test Result      :  79.1 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 13. December 2008, 13:49

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR CD-R  PREMIUM  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 Premium\EAC - 8x\1\Unknown Artist\Unknown Artist - Unknown Title\01 - Track01.wav

     Timing problem 0:24:21
     Timing problem 0:24:24
     Timing problem 0:24:47
     Timing problem 0:25:31
     Timing problem 0:25:42

     Peak level 95.8 %
     Copy CRC 721E86FD
     Cannot be verified as accurate (confidence 2)  [C0D0DA16], AccurateRip returned [104033BA]
     Copy finished


No tracks could be verified as accurate
You may have a different pressing from the one(s) in the database

No errors occurred

End of status report




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 4x (EAC)[/size]

Image
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4847

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 86961
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  9041 - Avg :  -77.1 dB(A)  -  Max :  -12.5 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    281 - Avg :    1.6 Samples -  Max :      4 Samples
Skips              Num :      1 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  76.9 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 13. December 2008, 14:40

Unknown Artist / Unknown Title

Used drive  : PLEXTOR CD-R  PREMIUM  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 Premium\EAC - 4x\2\Unknown Artist\Unknown Artist - Unknown Title\01 - Track01.wav

     Timing problem 0:27:48
     Timing problem 0:27:57
     Timing problem 0:28:00
     Timing problem 0:28:26 - 0:28:27
     Timing problem 0:28:30
     Timing problem 0:29:03
     Timing problem 0:29:06 - 0:29:07
     Timing problem 0:29:09 - 0:29:10
     Timing problem 0:29:12 - 0:29:15

     Peak level 97.2 %
     Copy CRC 0E0E7ACB
     Cannot be verified as accurate (confidence 2)  [C5AC9BB7], AccurateRip returned [104033BA]
     Copy finished


No tracks could be verified as accurate
You may have a different pressing from the one(s) in the database

No errors occurred

End of status report




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 18-40x CAV (c2extract)[/size]

Image (errors)
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4845


Image (C2)
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4846

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 617979
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  20083 - Avg :  -70.1 dB(A)  -  Max :  -21.4 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :  5146 - Avg :    1.2 Samples -  Max :      4 Samples
Skips              Num :    13 - Avg :    6.0 Samples -  Max :      6 Samples

Total Test Result      :  68.4 points (of 100.0 maximum)
C2 Accuracy            :  99.0 %



[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Test at 4x CLV (c2extract)[/size]

Image (errors)
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4843


Image (C2)
http://www.hydrogenaudio.org/forums/index....ost&id=4844

DAE log
Errors total        Num : 128968
Errors (Loudness)  Num :  11124 - Avg :  -76.4 dB(A)  -  Max :  -11.1 dB(A)
Error Muting        Num :    551 - Avg :    2.5 Samples -  Max :    93 Samples
Skips              Num :      8 - Avg :    9.8 Samples -  Max :    18 Samples

Total Test Result      :  70.4 points (of 100.0 maximum)
C2 Accuracy            :  97.1 %




[!--sizeo:3--][span style=\"font-size:12pt;line-height:100%\"][!--/sizeo--]Conclusion[/size]
Well, let's say much worse than I've expected. Only average total test results and also "only" good C2 accuracy (at least not 100% like some other drives I've tested).
I think the rest depends on how much you believe in these test with da DIY test disc...