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LG GSA-H55L - The New Speed King

Postby Ian on Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:00 pm

I think this might be the drive that many of you have been waiting for. First a couple screenshots...
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Postby Ian on Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:03 pm

I ran a few quick tests using Verbatim 16x DVD+R (MCC004) and DVD-R (MCC 03RG20). The writing time with DVD+R media is only a few seconds faster than the Lite-On LH-20A1H but with DVD-R media, its a good 20 seconds faster. I'll post some writing quality results later.
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Postby Wesociety on Mon Mar 12, 2007 10:34 pm

WOW! 4:41 for a full DVD-R burn is amazing. Hope the quality is good too. Looking forward to your scans ;)
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Postby Dartman on Tue Mar 13, 2007 12:04 am

Damn, if the qualities good might have to get yet another toy... :o
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Postby Bhairav on Tue Mar 13, 2007 4:47 am

Ian, nice! Which chipset? I'm guessing Panasonic? ZCLV and CAV listed..
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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:38 am

Yep, its Panasonic.
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Postby Wesociety on Tue Mar 13, 2007 10:12 am

Ian wrote:Yep, its Panasonic.

Well if it was Renesas we might see some P-CAV action.
Probably not now. I hope LG tuned this sucker for quality. :D
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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:07 am

cdr.cz has a short review of the drive. It's not in english, but there are plenty of pictures.

http://cdr.cz/a/20763
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:10 am

4:41 is insane!!

I could really see this drive taking off in the pro-duplicator market :o
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Postby Wesociety on Tue Mar 13, 2007 1:52 pm

Ooo, it does do 12x P-CAV on on some 16x media that it thinks cannot handle a full 20x burn. I wish it used P-CAV for 12x on some 8x discs. :)
http://cdr.cz/picture_/33847/small

Their TYG03 finished in 4:33 on a 20x burn (unless it was a simulation?).
http://cdr.cz/picture_/33849/small

Here's the TYG03 burned @ 20x quality scan
http://cdr.cz/picture_/33854/large

Here's the MCC03RG20 burned @ 20x quality scan
http://cdr.cz/picture_/33913/large

Reported PIF levels are looking pretty ugly near the end of the discs. :(

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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 13, 2007 2:57 pm

Wesociety wrote:Their TYG03 finished in 4:33 on a 20x burn (unless it was a simulation?).
http://cdr.cz/picture_/33849/small


I think it is. The simulate check box is enabled.
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Postby Grain on Tue Mar 13, 2007 6:48 pm

So what's up with LG, the 22, 42, 50 & 55 plus variants, I can't keep up. How many different 18X models do they need, and now a 20? I can see different chipsets are being used between the 22 & 42, but where does the 50 fit in?
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Postby Wesociety on Tue Mar 13, 2007 7:12 pm

Ian wrote:I think it is. The simulate check box is enabled.

Ahhh, I should have looked at the picture more carefully! doh! #-o
At least I questioned that it might be a simulation.
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Postby Ian on Tue Mar 13, 2007 11:46 pm

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Postby Dartman on Wed Mar 14, 2007 12:03 am

The first burn looks like the ones I get with the Memorex 18x we both have, the second looks like the best 18x burn I got. That first burn was going good till right at the end ...
Let's hope they support both drives with more firmware updates.
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Postby Wesociety on Wed Mar 14, 2007 9:30 am

Yeah, that MCC03RG20 burn is not that bad at all.
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Postby Justin42 on Wed Mar 14, 2007 1:35 pm

I'm with Grain. LG needs to release more firmware to make their currently available drives work well, instead of releasing new models monthly which make keeping up nearly impossible.

The 4163 started life as a pretty iffy drive but some firmware updates made it a pretty spectacular drive. It seems like LG's drives went from pretty good (4163 era) to excellent (late 4163-H10 era) and are back to "good enough til we ship the next drive" (H22-H55).
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Postby Scour on Thu Mar 15, 2007 2:19 pm

But I can understand it, the prices are so low for dvd-writers, it´s maybe to expensive to support older drives
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where can i buy a LG GSA-H55L

Postby juanchang2001 on Wed Mar 28, 2007 8:22 pm

Some on please tell me where can i buy a new LG GSA-H55L . I live in California, United states.
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Re: where can i buy a LG GSA-H55L

Postby Wesociety on Thu Mar 29, 2007 12:51 pm

juanchang2001 wrote:Some on please tell me where can i buy a new LG GSA-H55L . I live in California, United states.

It's not available for purchase yet, look for it in a month or two.
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Postby Ian on Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:19 pm

Yeah, we told him that in a now deleted thread. The idiot spazzed out after I asked him not to make multiple posts asking the same question. :roll:
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Postby roadrunner on Thu Mar 29, 2007 3:07 pm

Ian wrote:Yeah, we told him that in a now deleted thread. The idiot spazzed out after I asked him not to make multiple posts asking the same question. :roll:


Darn, I missed the spazzing out...and that's always so entertaining :P
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Postby LoneWolf on Fri Mar 30, 2007 9:31 am

roadrunner wrote:
Ian wrote:Yeah, we told him that in a now deleted thread. The idiot spazzed out after I asked him not to make multiple posts asking the same question. :roll:


Darn, I missed the spazzing out...and that's always so entertaining :P

But not quite as entertaining as the smackdown that results. :)

Almost as fun as testing my new "No Internet" group policy object yesterday (insert evil laughter here).
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Postby Ian on Mon Apr 23, 2007 12:03 pm

I've put together a brief article on the GSA-H55L's SecurDisc technology:

http://www.cdrlabs.com/articles/index.php?articleid=40
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Postby SithTracy on Mon Apr 23, 2007 2:05 pm

A TrueCrypt volume or GnuPG (Gnu PrivacyGuard/gpg -- OpenPGP) product is the only thing we have ever burned to CD to exchange with a data partner. This new technology does not impress me much.
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