CDRLabs kicks off the week with a review of LG's first 16x Blu-ray Disc rewriter, the BH16NS40. This new Super Multi Blue drive is capable of 16x BD-R, 12x BD-R DL, 6x BD-R LTH and 2x BD-RE writing speeds and a maximum BD-ROM read speed of 12x. The BH16NS40 also offers support for 3 and 4-layer BDXL media as well as Millenniata's M-DISC technology which uses an inorganic rock-like material to provide up to 1000 years of permanent data storage.
Yep, LG is the only one that supports M-DISC. What I'm really looking forward to is the Blu-ray M-DISCs which will supposedly work with LG's existing drives.
I wish media manufactures would update the Blu-ray spec so that we'd get media rated at faster speeds. The way things are going though, that's probably not going to happen. Instead we have to write to 6x rated discs at 16x. That's almost like writing to 8x rated DVD's at 24x.
I'm sure there's a drive out there that won't read them, but any drive that supports the DVD+R spec shouldn't have any problems. The only issue I've had is that you can't read them back at full speed with some drives. The transfer rates dip, etc. I'm guessing they aren't as reflective or something.
Read in a number of places that the difference in the BH16NS40 and WH16NS40 is just firware. Yet I cannot find what those firmware differences are. Anybody explain what is really different with this two drive? Why is the BH16NS40 $30 to $40 more?
great thanks. I just had a custom system built and it was priced and spec'd out with the BH16Ns40 because I wanted the software. they installed the wh16ns40. they hower are looking for the software for me. if the drives are physically the same, then all is well.