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Buying new DVD burners

Postby vio_man on Sun Sep 14, 2008 8:02 am

I'm planning to buy 2 new SATA DVD burners next week. I don't need a good Dual-Layer burner because I never burn DL media. I normally burn Verbatim media (MCC04) and some cheap CMC media, and also some DVD+RW media.
So, I need a 2 different good burners with good writing quality on DVD+R/+RW and DVD-R media at 8x or 12x (at most), and at least one of them must be a good error scanner and also good media reader.
I thought these 2 would be a good choice

Pioneer DVR-215
LiteON LH-20A1S

What do you think? Should I buy those 2 or should I change the setup?
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby DrageMester on Sun Sep 14, 2008 1:08 pm

Sounds good to me (if you can still get the Pioneer DVR-215 which is no longer produced).
Pioneer DVR-112L, LiteOn SHM-165P6S, Pioneer DVR-111L, BenQ DW1655, Plextor PX-760A
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby vio_man on Sun Sep 14, 2008 2:24 pm

Yes, I can, here in Portugal I can't get the 216 model, only the 215
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Ian on Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:10 pm

I'd also consider Samsung's 20x DVD writers, especially if you don't care about DL media.
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby vio_man on Sun Sep 14, 2008 3:26 pm

So, I could buy a Samsung SH-S203P (it's the most common here) and the Pioneer DVR-215?
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby vio_man on Wed Nov 05, 2008 8:45 pm

Ok, I've updated my choice

Pioneer DVR-216
Samsung SH-S203P

Again, my needs are the same. I need at least one reliable error scanner, don't burn DL media, don't need Lightscribe, need at least acceptable DVD+RW writing. Is my choice correct or should I change it?

I've dropped the LiteON because is not available anymore here.
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Scour on Thu Nov 06, 2008 8:23 pm

I would still recommend a Liteon for scanning. Is an other Liteon avaible in your country?
Benq DW 1640, LG GH-20N, Pioneer BDR-208
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Ian on Thu Nov 06, 2008 9:44 pm

With BenQ and Plextor out of the picture, Lite-On is really the only option for scanning these days. Kinda sucks actually, as their drives are too forgiving to be really accurate.
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Dartman on Thu Nov 06, 2008 10:36 pm

Might want to try getting a used BenQ of some flavor, like a 1640 or 1655. There seem to still be some on Ebay and maybe some new ones still coming outa China.
I still use my 1655 as a all around drive even though I have quite a few others to play with.
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Scour on Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:45 pm

Can´t believe that still some new Benq-based-drives are manufactured these days
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Ian on Fri Nov 07, 2008 2:52 pm

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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Scour on Fri Nov 07, 2008 3:30 pm

Yeah, should be so

I remember thta maybe 1,5-2 years ago some last Benq-based-burners are sold under Liteon-Brand
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Re: Buying new DVD burners

Postby Dartman on Fri Nov 07, 2008 11:46 pm

Well you have to be careful, a poster on CDFreaks got one real BenQ and a counterfeit one from one of the auctions for Chinese made drives. I guess they both work but one doesn't work with all the tools that Benq had for them.
Used ones that seem to work fine show up as well so maybe check their feedback and then take a chance if you feel comfortable with the seller.
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