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Ikebana 4x DVD±RW Drive - $225.99 @ Outpost.com

Postby Ian on Sat Mar 29, 2003 5:31 pm

If Sony's DVD±RW drive is out of your price range (or not in stock at a store by you), you might want to check this drive out. Outpost has it on sale for $225.99 after a $50 mail in rebate.

http://shop3.outpost.com/product/3612885

Rebate:

http://image.fp.outpost.com/art/rebates_pdf/3612885.pdf

I can't find any info on this drive. It doesn't even show up on Ikebana's website (http://www.ikebanadrive.com). No idea who makes it (NEC ND-1300??) Here are some of its specs:

Write (CD-R): 4x, 12x, 16x, 24x
Write (CD-RW): 2x, 4x, 10x
Write (DVD+RW/+R): 2.4x
Write DVD-RW 1x max, 2x max.
Write DVD-R 4x, 2x, 1x max.
Read (CD-R, CD-ROM, CD-RW): 32x Max
Read (DVD+RW, DVD-ROM): 8x Max
2MB Buffer Size
Supports all major writing formats
210 msec (32x) Ave. Access Time (CD)
160 msec (8x) Ave. Access Time (DVD)
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Postby Bhairav on Sun Mar 30, 2003 4:08 am

Noticed that they didn't specify DVD+R write speed. What's up with that?
I think it's a NEC ND-1300A too, cdfreaks seems to think so.
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Postby Reg-da-Ripper on Sun Mar 30, 2003 8:04 pm

bhairavp wrote:Noticed that they didn't specify DVD+R write speed. What's up with that? ...


Yup, it's specified. To note:
Write(DVD+RW/+R): 2.4x . :)

Hmmm...I'm rethinking my decision about purchasing a Sony DRU-500A(X). :)
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Postby MonteLDS on Sun Mar 30, 2003 10:48 pm

2MB Buffer Size eh?

that why Sony must cost more then eh? it has an 8MB buffer and it writes 4x for the +
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Postby Dartman on Mon Mar 31, 2003 2:38 am

Yup the Sony can do 4x on some + media and it has a bigger 8meg buffer. Plus it says Sony on it so that's worth a extra 50 right there ;)
I have one, basicly it's been flawless, it at least writes at minumum speed and the disks always work, so I'm happy. I got tired of waiting for it to go on a good local sale and I got a very good x-mas bonus so merry x-mas to me :) Besides there wasn't much else out at the time that could do it all and mainly got good reviews.
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Postby Reg-da-Ripper on Wed Apr 02, 2003 1:33 pm

I just received this drive from outpost.com today. I was surprised to see that the buffer size mentioned on the box is 8MB. I was hoping that that wasn't a misprint. :)

Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls, the Ikebana DVD±R(W) drive (model number IKEDVDRW4224248) is a rebadged (drum roll please)...Sony! :D

Specifically, it's the OEM version of the Sony DRU-500A, the DW-U10A (also sold as the Buffalo DVM-4222FB in other markets). With a firmware patch to convert it to the DRU-500A's firmware and with the latest DRU-500A firmware, it will write at 4X to DVD+R and DVD-R. :)

So if you like the DRU-500A(X), but you'd like to get it at a lower cost; then, buy the Ikebana from outpost.com. :) I'd hurry though. :)
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Postby BuddhaTB on Wed Apr 02, 2003 1:35 pm

^^^ WOW!
Very Nice For the price then.
Thanks for the great news Reg-da-Ripper. :D
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Postby Reg-da-Ripper on Wed Apr 02, 2003 1:44 pm

Anytime, BuddhaTB. :) :) You're welcome. :)
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Postby Dartman on Wed Apr 02, 2003 6:10 pm

Wish they'd had that drive and info when I paid 350 for my 500a ;)
I'm all for saving a buck but getting good value also.
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Postby VEFF on Fri May 02, 2003 2:11 pm

Is this available anymore?

My colleague is considering buying my A05. If so, I can buy a second dual burner, so I don't have to worry about keeping an equal ratio of DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs or more DVD-Rs than DVD+Rs anymore...
Burners only:
Pioneer DVR-115D
Pioneer DVR-111D
Plextor PX-716A TLA0304
Plextor PX-716A same TLA

LiteOn 52246S 52X CD-RW
LiteOn 52246S (another)
LiteOn 52327S 52X CD-RW
TDK 40X USB 2.0 CD-RW
TEAC CD-W540E 40X CD-RW
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Postby Dartman on Fri May 02, 2003 2:48 pm

The 510 is sposed to be out now or very shortly for a slightly better price or you could just find the OEM version like the Ikabana for cheaper elsewhere. Porbably not 225 but hopefully better then 350. I believe they are going for a bit over 300 now.
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Postby VEFF on Fri May 02, 2003 3:20 pm

Thanks for the info.
There was a TDK dual brner for only $260 w/ free shipping and no tax a few days ago, but that was before I was seriously thinking about selling my A05.

I may sell my A05 now and then wait for prices to come down or 8X to come out, before buying a 2nd dual burner, since I have the DRU-500A (installed in my other PC) anyway.
Burners only:
Pioneer DVR-115D
Pioneer DVR-111D
Plextor PX-716A TLA0304
Plextor PX-716A same TLA

LiteOn 52246S 52X CD-RW
LiteOn 52246S (another)
LiteOn 52327S 52X CD-RW
TDK 40X USB 2.0 CD-RW
TEAC CD-W540E 40X CD-RW
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Postby Ian on Fri May 02, 2003 4:34 pm

VEFF wrote:Is this available anymore?

My colleague is considering buying my A05. If so, I can buy a second dual burner, so I don't have to worry about keeping an equal ratio of DVD-Rs and DVD+Rs or more DVD-Rs than DVD+Rs anymore...


No, but the DRU-500AX is on sale:

http://www.outpost.com/entry?site=op:mfe2&sku=3543264

Not as good of a deal though...
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