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How good is LiteOn SOHW-1613S?

Postby Feels100 on Thu Oct 21, 2004 10:25 pm

Hi everyone,

I am new to DVD writers, so as I am considering to buy a

LiteOn SOHW-1613S, DVD±RW/±R Dual Layer Writer, DVD 16R/16W/4RW, CD 48R/48W/24RW, Internal, IDE

I wonder if anyone can give me some advices on it? whether it is a good writer or not? My main purpose of it is to burn my family video on dvds so i can view them on tv.

THanks for your help

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Postby Scour on Fri Oct 22, 2004 5:47 am

Hello!

I can nothing say to this writer, but Liteon DVD-Rewriters have in the most cases not good writing quality.

I recommend the LG 4120, NEC 3500 or Pionner DVR 108. These drives are the best drives with fair prices.
Benq DW 1640, LG GH-20N, Pioneer BDR-208
Crucial M4, Sandisk SSD, Plextor M5S, Sandisk Ultra Plus, OCZ Petrol 256GB

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Postby oslik3 on Fri Oct 22, 2004 9:40 am

LiteOn SOHW-1613S


isn't 1613 drive one WITHOUT Double-layer feature as opposed to 1633 ?
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Postby Ian on Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:19 am

oslik3 wrote:isn't 1613 drive one WITHOUT Double-layer feature as opposed to 1633 ?


Yup.
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Postby Feels100 on Fri Oct 22, 2004 10:55 pm

In regarding to write quality, do you means the dvd or cd got written by LiteOn are very bad that cannot be read on some dvd/cd players?
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Postby MediumRare on Sat Oct 23, 2004 6:58 pm

I don't think that scour would be caught dead with a LiteOn anything. :wink:
Feels100 wrote:In regarding to write quality, do you means the dvd or cd got written by LiteOn are very bad that cannot be read on some dvd/cd players?

If you go by the results of the CARS scans in the c't tests, as posted in the sticky in this forum, LiteOn does abysmally. These tests are usually done with early firmware versions, and newer firmware does improve things somewhat. Other manufacturers do better though, because of technologies such as WOPC that adjust the burning strategy on the fly (BenQ / Philips or NEC) or (notably LG) because they have a more conservative approach to burning speed and produce generally good burns, albeit at a lower speed. This means, for example, limiting some 16x media to 4x- but it generally works.

That being said, I have a LiteOn SOHW-1213S presently flashed with 1233S firmware (BS0H). It's a usable 8x burner with 8x media- It does well with most of the media I've tried (a limited variety of generally good quality media) as long as you don't overdo the burning speed. By "well", I mean more than "good" KProbe scans- videos work with all players I've tried and data discs can be read at full speed even with picky drives.

Here's what has worked for me:
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DVD+R, 4x:  CMC MAGF01 (4x, Tevion)
            MCC002 (4x, Verbatim, Intenso)
            RICOHJPNR01 (4x, Fuji)

DVD+R, 8x:  MCC003 (8x, Verbatim)
            RICOHJPNR02 (8x, Platinum)

DVD-R, 4x:  ProdiscS03 (4x, Fuji)


and what has not worked (at that speed):

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DVD+R, 4x:  OPTODISCOR4 (4x, MMore)

DVD+R, 8x:  RICOHJPNR01 (4x, Fuji)

DVD+R, 12x: MCC003 (8x, Verbatim)
            RICOHJPNR02 (8x, Platinum)
            YUDEN000 T02 (8x, That's)


The drive has burned all CD's I've tried well (since flashing to 1633S).

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