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In House Review - Sony DRU-510A Dual RW DVD±RW

Postby Ian on Tue Jul 22, 2003 8:27 am

The Sony DRU-510A is one drive that really doesn't need much of an introduction. Sony's new "Dual RW" drive features 4x DVD-R/DVD+R and 2x DVD-RW writing speeds as well as a maximum DVD read speed of 12x. The drive can also write to DVD+RW media at 4x, an industry first. The DRU-510A also includes a huge 8MB buffer, support for Sony's Power-Burn technology and 24x CD writing speeds, the fastest available on a DVD±RW drive.

In this review we take an in depth look at the features found on the DRU-510A and then see how it performs. Does Sony have another award winner here? Is the DRU-510A the fastest DVD writer around? You'll have to read the review to find out.

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Postby Bhairav on Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:53 am

Nice review,as usual, Ian. Which 4X DVD+RW media did you use? That Verbatim media you mentioned, or Ricoh?
Also, any idea when a 4X DVD-RW spec will be finalised?
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Postby tazdevl on Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:18 pm

Nice job Ian.
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Postby jase on Tue Jul 22, 2003 12:30 pm

A great review as ever.

Just one thing; as it is now possible, with a LiteOn DVD-165, to check the error levels (PI/PO) of a recorded DVDR, would it now be a good idea to grab a few brands of good and cheap DVD+R and DVD-R discs, and check the writing quality in the same way as we do with CDR discs?

If people knew the differences in the writing quality of the various media and devices it would shift emphasis toward writing quality. Look at the difference your work has made to the CD writers -- I think CDR-Labs in no small way forced the drive manufacturers to lift their game. I think it's about time they were made to do the same with DVDR media! :D
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Postby Noua on Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:32 pm

Once again a very good review... Too bad the drive is over priced.. At least for me...

Ian, when will you have a reviw on the Pioneer A06/106, or a rebadeg drive?
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Sony DRU-510A

Postby Paz on Tue Jul 22, 2003 1:45 pm

:evil: I would like to know if any one has had to send the Sony in for repair? I have had two of the Sony DRU-510A that have gone bad in the first week of use and in the first day of use. After talking with Sony tech support, they told me that the new DRU-510A has a problem with the BIOS / Firmware. The tech said that it would be about 5 - 6 weeks before I got my DRU-510A back as they have about 150 of them coming back to be repaired. As for the problem the Sony DVD drive stopped in the middle of using RecordNow DX the first time and DVD X Copy Xpress the second time. The drive would come up as Sony BOOT drive and the front light would blink, and you couldn’t open the drive bay. The only good news was once they repaired the DRU-510A they haven't had any re-repairs per tech support, which I hope is true? Has anyone had to send the Sony DRU-510A in more than that?
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Postby Ian on Tue Jul 22, 2003 5:14 pm

jase wrote:Just one thing; as it is now possible, with a LiteOn DVD-165, to check the error levels (PI/PO) of a recorded DVDR, would it now be a good idea to grab a few brands of good and cheap DVD+R and DVD-R discs, and check the writing quality in the same way as we do with CDR discs?


You're right but DVD media is expensive. Start clicking the ad banners! :D

Noua, I have two drives here based on the A06.

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Postby Noua on Tue Jul 22, 2003 9:15 pm

Ian,... Sorry for being so inpacient but When will you think the reviews will come out? :D:D:D

Need any help with them? ;) :D (just tesing you off)..
Really when will you think the reviews will be ready? Just to see how long will I wait... Witch rebadeged drives are those you have?
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Re: Sony DRU-510A

Postby eliminator on Tue Jul 22, 2003 10:56 pm

Paz wrote::evil: I would like to know if any one has had to send the Sony in for repair? I have had two of the Sony DRU-510A that have gone bad in the first week of use and in the first day of use. After talking with Sony tech support, they told me that the new DRU-510A has a problem with the BIOS / Firmware. The tech said that it would be about 5 - 6 weeks before I got my DRU-510A back as they have about 150 of them coming back to be repaired. As for the problem the Sony DVD drive stopped in the middle of using RecordNow DX the first time and DVD X Copy Xpress the second time. The drive would come up as Sony BOOT drive and the front light would blink, and you couldn’t open the drive bay. The only good news was once they repaired the DRU-510A they haven't had any re-repairs per tech support, which I hope is true? Has anyone had to send the Sony DRU-510A in more than that?


Why didn't you just take/send them back to the store for replacement ??
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Re: Sony DRU-510A

Postby dhc014 on Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:26 pm

eliminator wrote:Why didn't you just take/send them back to the store for replacement ??


NOOOO!

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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:44 pm

haha, do not return to store. That's stupid, well, I won't be getting a Sony anytime soon then.
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Postby tazdevl on Tue Jul 22, 2003 11:59 pm

I've had zero issues with a 510A and a 510UL.
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Re: Sony DRU-510A

Postby eliminator on Wed Jul 23, 2003 12:25 am

dhc014 wrote:
eliminator wrote:Why didn't you just take/send them back to the store for replacement ??


NOOOO!

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That's just a gimmick, lot of manufacturers print that - You shouldn't even bother, stores have their clear return policies and I always use THOSE ! :wink:
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Postby Paz on Wed Jul 23, 2003 1:46 am

I did take the Sony DRU-510A back to Best Buy two times and the third was a no go. Per the store manager they "Best Buy" can't send them to Sony for a refund only fixed, and as Best Buy no longer has a return table like they use to they no longer take the Sony DRU-510A. Best Buy had dropped the price on the Sony DRU-510A to $270 Sunday ad.
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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Jul 23, 2003 5:22 pm

Ian, why did you give it only 8 in the Installation section, not a 9?
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Postby dodecahedron on Wed Jul 23, 2003 5:26 pm

uggghhh! ugly CDSpeed pics of the writing and rewriting!

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rewriting:
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what's up with that? why are they so jagged?
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Postby tazdevl on Wed Jul 23, 2003 6:04 pm

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Postby Ian on Wed Jul 23, 2003 7:23 pm

dodecahedron wrote:Ian, why did you give it only 8 in the Installation section, not a 9?


The guides are good, but its too darn hard to find the info you need.

dodecahedron wrote:what's up with that? why are they so jagged?


I noticed that too. I really don't know why.
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Postby andreos on Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:29 pm

Hey guys, what software are you using with your DRX-510? Roxio does not yet support this drive, and Nero only supports the internal version of the drive (I have the external version).

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Postby tazdevl on Wed Jul 23, 2003 9:46 pm

andreos wrote:Hey guys, what software are you using with your DRX-510? Roxio does not yet support this drive, and Nero only supports the internal version of the drive (I have the external version).

Andreos


Nero has had support for the drive for a while. The drive is seen as the 510A in Nero, no biggie. It IS the same drive, just in a external enclosure. However, you might not be able to use it if Nero came with a different drive. In many cases OEMs cripple Nero so it will only work with their drive.
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Postby andreos on Wed Jul 23, 2003 10:40 pm

Thanks for clearing that up. Nero only lists the "A" drive on their website, but what you say makes sense.
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Sony Boot DRU-510A

Postby kg1000 on Fri Dec 24, 2004 10:54 pm

Paz wrote:I did take the Sony DRU-510A back to Best Buy two times and the third was a no go. Per the store manager they "Best Buy" can't send them to Sony for a refund only fixed, and as Best Buy no longer has a return table like they use to they no longer take the Sony DRU-510A. Best Buy had dropped the price on the Sony DRU-510A to $270 Sunday ad.


I can't help myself, but to join every forum where I see there is someone that is having a problem with the Sony DRU-510A dvd burner. Even though you posted this message a while ago I hope you didn't throw yours away, because when working it's a good burner, but I had the same problem that you had and I found the patch to fix it. Visit this link (http://forum.rpc1.org/viewtopic.php?t=26677) and the rest is history. The hell with Sony and their ripoff tatics. Pass the word...
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