Plextor closes it's doors to CD and DVD products

Sad to see Plextor bowing out of the CD and DVD market :(

It was a high quality product at slightly higher price than mass market drives but worth every penny. I have been a very satisfied Plextor customer since 1999 when I first bought the 12/10/32A, still in service. My last was the Plextor External DVD burner 755UF bought just a couple of months ago.

Plextor will be greatly missed not just by myself but many audiophiles who really appreciated what it had to offer in terms of quality, reliability and performance.
Plextor is not getting out of the cd and dvd drive business. Here is a statement fro the website:

FREMONT, Calif. – January 23, 2007 - Plextor® LLC, a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment, today reaffirmed its commitment to the optical disc drive business in North and South America. On January 19, 2007, Shinano Kenshi Co., Ltd., the parent company of Plextor, announced plans to perform a corporate reorganization to streamline Plextor's optical drive business to enhance operating efficiencies.
“This announcement by Shinano Kenshi will have no material affect on the operations of Plextor LLC, as we already completed a corporate reorganization in North and South America last year. Our business will continue as usual,” said Toru Nakazawa, President of Plextor LLC, USA. “It is unfortunate that an incorrect translation of a Japanese article, which contained some errors, has led to the rumor that Plextor is somehow quitting the optical disc drive business. This is completely false. In fact, Plextor plans to continue to lead the market with innovative, exciting products that solve real world problems for our consumer and business customers. We deeply appreciate the loyalty of our customers and valued business partners. And we look forward to many years of future success.”

About Plextor
Plextor LLC is a leading developer and manufacturer of high-performance digital media equipment for professionals, consumers, and enterprises. Headquartered in Silicon Valley since 1990, Plextor has introduced generations of award-winning products, including digital video converters and CD-R/RW, DVD±R/RW, and Blu-ray optical disk drives. Contact Plextor at
Arnold, Thank you for the timely information. I appreciate it and I am sure many others appreciate it as well.
This panick inducing thread caused me to look for another high end brand and I found "LaCie," which appears to be even more expensive than Plextor. Anyone tried them?

And does anyone know of a BD-ROM drive on the market? Not a triple burner or a burner of any sort whatsover, I want a ROM drive.
We've used numerous LaCie burners, hard drives, and monitors at work for years. We're an all Mac environment and LaCie provides good support for Mac, which isn't the case for many Plextor products. I've had very good results burning CDr's with the Lacie Porsche design model using both Itunes and Toast, but I never A/B'd the results against a Plextor.