Yes, I still need to burn CDs! I’m aware that the standard recommendations of the past no longer apply, and that the flagship manufacturer no longer makes good drives. I have a pair of ageing Plextors but they no longer perform well in WaveLab since I upgraded to a Z170 mainboard, even with BIOS tweaks.
I’m interested mainly in error-free write performance, but read performance can be important. The Plextors seem to have difficulty reading CD/DVDs with large numbers of files with the Z170. I’ve ruled out both WaveLab and the Gear drivers, it seems to be something to do with the drive/chipset combination (i.e. they worked fine with the older mainboard, same OS, WL version), and there is no newer firmware available. I think they are only 1.5Gb/s SATA and the Z170 is 6Gb/s.
At the moment I’m looking at the BW-16D1HT Blu-Ray writer, on the basis that I could also use it for high-capacity long-term archival (Blu-Ray data disc), but audio CD performance is the priority. So, can anyone recommend please a currently available internal SATA drive, based on actual experience in use with WaveLab 9?