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Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby Ian on Mon Jan 27, 2020 4:41 pm

It's been many years since I went out and bought a new optical drive of any sort.. but today I bought an Optiarc AD-5290S-PLUS.

https://www.optiarcinc.com/AD-5290S-PS.html

Why, you ask? I need a (somewhat) modern drive for some media tests and it was either this or the Lite-On DH-16AFSH-Premm. Both drives are equal when it comes to media testing but the Optiarc can write at 24x so I went with it.
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Re: Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby Ian on Fri Jan 31, 2020 2:41 am

And now I bought an LG GH24NSC0
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Re: Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby stix on Sun Feb 09, 2020 7:42 pm

So, I suppose you will want to review these drives and let us know what you think of them?
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Re: Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby Ian on Mon Feb 10, 2020 10:52 pm

stix wrote:So, I suppose you will want to review these drives and let us know what you think of them?


No, not really. :D

So far though.. the Optiarc isn't great. Not sure if its my drive or what, but the writing quality isn't what you'd expect from a duplicator drive with high end components. The LG is okay if you use good media. Best one is the Lite-On iHAS124 (F version) that I picked up last week.
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Re: Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby Dartman on Sun Feb 16, 2020 5:45 pm

Last burner I bought was a LG 16NS40 when I realized they might be going away with the unofficial BD ripping capabilities once they updated the firmware. They sent me one with the early firmware like I requested and with the right software it does work, plus it has made working BD 25 gig disks for me. I haven't tried any DL ones yet. I'd love to get a drive that can test BD quality but I hardly burn anything anymore and I still have 3 of my favorite DVD burners in my two boxes plus the two BD burners.
Did you need a new DVD burner or just trying to get that updated quality test drive. I still have my 1655 and some other earlier ones stashed around here but getting hard to find a board that supports IDE without a adapter card.
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Re: Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby Ian on Mon Feb 17, 2020 2:07 pm

Dartman wrote:Did you need a new DVD burner or just trying to get that updated quality test drive. I still have my 1655 and some other earlier ones stashed around here but getting hard to find a board that supports IDE without a adapter card.


Yeah, I still have most of my old test drives. I just wanted something a little more recent since my newest one was an iHAS424 and the firmware hadn't been updated in ages. I also wanted some new drives to burn the discs since there's been a lot of changes in ownership and manufacturing. A disc might have a Japanese MID now but its made in Taiwan or China.
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Re: Bought a new DVD writer..

Postby Dartman on Mon Feb 17, 2020 4:48 pm

Well that certainly is true about the updates and changes in media availability and quality. It's certainly not like when the burners got cheap and we all tride to find the best quality burner that could do it faster as well. I haven't even checked to see if my newest burner has any updates but if it does it will break the 4k disk ripping. I should transfer the 1655 to my 980 box because it still has one ide port on board. What bd burner does quality testing these days anyway. Pretty sure that LG doesn't I don't think I've burned a dvd except for data like windows install disks in years. Might be able to actually burn 4k disks with the LG too.
Well hopefully that new drive works out. At least it had to be pretty cheap.
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