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**Read First** Dvd Burners.. What to look for?! **

Discussion in 'DVD / Blu-ray drives' started by Ripper, Mar 24, 2007.

  1. Ripper

    Ripper Active member

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    LOL!

    Don't worry about it. We all know how temperamental that ban button can be creaky ;-)

    Thanks for sorting it quickly, though.

    Edit: All back to normal now, ty
     
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  2. Sickley

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    I'm suprised you didnt mention benq or sony, (both very good in my opinion)

    also to be noted that drives in some cases should be treated like media when buying them; that is to say that not all models are manufactured by the company selling them.

    and cybrspwn i love my lite-on. i can burn on any media at any speed with out burn/playback problems (except cmc's and prico's of course lol)
     
  3. Ripper

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    I was sure at least BenQ was on there. Well, anyway, I've added it. Lol. Sony isn't being added - most of their drives are OEM anyway, I think.

    @2nd point...

    Yes, there is no section on the guide about retail or OEM drives, i'll add it when I can be bothered to write something about it. :)
    Well pointed out though.

     
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    this is true but i still check for sony drives when i buy burners since they can be benqs :D
     
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    Yeah, I was pretty sure most of them are OEM. Most of their drives tend to be Lite-Ons.. I think ;)

     
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    Philips needs to be added to the list . . after all, the good model BenQ drives (1620, 1625, 1640, 1650, 1655) all use the awesome Philips chipset . . .

    My favorite drive is still the DW1640 BenQ with a crossflashed 1655 (to 1650) just behind . . but let me tell you, the Philips SPD2413BD is a great burner . . I'm getting great scans and the darn thing is lightening quick! It will burn my Verbatim 16x +R discs at 20x without sacrificing burn quality

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827248006

    Victor
     
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    I thought Phillips drives were OEM BenQs, not that BenQ used Phillips chipsets? :O

     
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    BenQ DW1620, 1625, 1640, 1650, 1655 all used Philips chipsets.

    Also that wonderful utility, SolidBurn is a Philips creation . . .

    Unfortunately, BenQ drives are no longer being manufactured so I started looking around. Being a person who likes to try drives that don't seem to be as popular, I was among the first to fall in love with the BenQ drives. Now, I feel that one of the best is the Philips.

    I have quite a selection of drives and of the drives that are currently in production (and easily available) my current favorite is the Philips. It doesn't do LightScribe but I have a HP 740b that I only use for LightScribe . .

    All in all, drives in general seem to be better now than the drives that were available 5 years ago

    Victor
     
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    Agreed. I was by no means "in the know", so to speak, 5 years ago (I'd have been 10 5 yrs ago :p), but I have been around for over a year now, I can say the same in that small space of time.

     
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    @catfreak

    hi buddy, guess who? LOL

    is there a Philips SATA burner you would recommend at this point? i have since stopped purchasing IDE burners and have taken the SATA route, however, my success (or lack thereof) in SATA opticals has been poor, returned a few Plextor and Sony/NEC Optiarc models already :( wanted to try Pioneer's latest SATA drive, but the 2 places i ordered from one etailer sent me the wrong drive (returned for refund) and the other was backordered the day after i placed the order, so no go there.

    i still remember years back where you made me a loyal Benq drive fan and have since gone through (3) 1640s, and (2) 1650s; they've served their purposes and after thousands of burns, they have been retired from my burning arsenal (still serve as fast rippers, but burning dvd+r no more/occasional dvd-r is still fine) :)

    just wondering if you have any experience/insight into a good quality/reliable SATA optical, i need to replace my aging PATA/IDE opticals (Benq, Pioneer, Liteon, NEC, Sony - various models of each) before i'm completely outdated with old tech. :)

    thanks and hope you have been well~

    docTY



     
  11. Sickley

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    here's a cool link that mort81 showed me that may help people buying oem drives, or if your just curious on who actually made your drive.
    http://www.videohelp.com/dvdwriters
    i took a look at some benq's and it looks like a number of the DO use the philips chipsets
     
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    I am looking for a new dvd-r drive. Top I want to spend is 150.00. I have an hp dvd740e now and its not seeing dvd-r at all. I like the lightscibe feature but hardly use I just print labels instead. I would like external also. I burn 3-6 times a week. Can you give me a few options ripper?

    Thanks in Advance
     
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    @doc
    good to see you outside your thread :) you do wander around a bit here at AD don't you?
    and don't worry old man, im still not up to sata or firewire myself and i'm a young'n. theres just not that much of a benifit imo to getting either. (well firewire would be a great jump over usb i guess.)

    @ksaunders

    i always have and always will be a fan of lite-ons. i've had a few external usb's from them and they have always been great drives, they also are available for quite reasonable prices. of course if you can find a benq i would suggest that as well, but they can be hard to come by.

    newegg.com has a few ext. liteys (click that link)and they are under $60 :) and they are faster than the ext. plextor newegg has for around $140 (hmmm.....)

    it shouldn't be hard to find a good drive for under 150, even with ls most drives aren't going to be that high.
     
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    @ripper
    Can't believe I missed this post until now!

    Great info and you even have my 2 fav's listed :)

     
  16. Ripper

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    Heya :)

    Hehe, how'd you miss it?! Duh :p

    Hope you're OK - heard about the op. Hope everything is alright :)
     
  17. binkie7

    binkie7 Moderator Staff Member

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    Yeah pretty much ok :)
    What's ironic is this injury was also caused by staying in shape - then again I am a klutz :)
    Doing the op between semesters - eck!!

    Hey and if you don't mind I might link to this thread at another site in the next day or so - giving you all the credit of course!
     
  18. Ripper

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    Oh right! What did you do exactly? >.<

    And sure, no probs Karen. I don't mind in the slightest :)
     
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    I'll do a post over at BB sometime today or tomorrow w/ the details - pretty boring I think :)

    I'll post a link here when I post your guide. Tks there young ripper :)
     
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    Okie, sure. And it's alright :)
     

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