metalik wrote:I now narrowed my choises between these drives:
- Toshiba SDM 1712
- Sony DDU 1612 (Liteon LTD-166S)
Personaly I think I'll go for the Toshiba ... I'm looking for sites with more reviews about DVD ROM drives so that I can figure out what to do.
P.S. I have a Plextor 4824TA CDRW drive. I intend to but the DVD Rom unit so that it can complement the areas where the Plextor has wheak points.
Thanks 4 the tips..
Hi--I'd like to post my two cents on this subject. I'm trying to choose between the Pioneer DVD-120, Toshiba SD-M1712, and the LiteOn LTD-166S, just like Gendibal. I have, at this point, pretty much decided to go with the LiteOn LTD-166S. I am a current owner of a Toshiba SD-M1502. This drive is Toshiba's first 16X DVD-ROM drive. Well, I don't like it. It's slow, and it doesn't read certain DVD-ROM discs without constantly lower the speed, then increasing it, then lowering it like a yoyo. I don' t have enough data DVD-ROM discs to evaluate whether the drive could ever reach the rated 16X speed, but it never made it beyond 13X with my discs. My drive, which is rated at 48X for CD reading, *never* reads any CDs beyond 40X. That's right, 40X! I've tested it with full 700 MB discs, and I get 40X! It's not a DMA problem, and I doubt it is a hardware related--I never bothered to investigate that problem. Anyone know why this drive reads CD-Rs/pressed CDs 8X less than its rated speed?
Anyway, the new Toshiba SD-M1712 seems to have issues--it is slow for ripping and, from the specs I read, it does *not* support DVD-Multi. In fact, one website I read who tested this new DVD-ROM drive showed that the drive failed to properly read a DVD+R disc. The drive's specs do *not* list compatibility with DVD+R or DVD+RW or DVD-Multi. Since I am looking for a new DVD-ROM that is fast at DVD reading as well as CD reading and can read all DVD recordable formats perfectly (although I don't care about DVD-RAM), I am leaning towards the LiteOn 166S. Because of speed issues (40X instead of 48X) and lack of guaranteed compatibility with DVD+R and DVD+RW discs (which aren't mentioned in the drive's specs as being compatible), I am not inclined to go for the Pioneer DVD-120.