I was almost sure i'd go for Liteon, but then I noticed that CRW-F1 wasn't all that expensive at all.. So now I'm wondering, which would be better?
Pros, cons for both? For LTR I esp liked the feature where it would slowdown the spinning if transfer rates are slow (eg watching a movie) to prevent noise. Also Liteon seems to provide regular fw updates, and has a good media compatibility.
What about CRW-F1? I like that T@2 stuff
Prolly would put it away after one or few pics, but hey, it's fun;)
So which one would YOU choose, and why?
I had to make that choice to. My first CD-RW upgrade choice was the Plextor 48/24/48A, but after that drive failed me (see one of my previous posts), I had to choice between some form of the Liteon LTR-52246S or the Yamaha CRW-F1. I chose the TDK 52/24/48 rebadged Liteon LTR-52246S instead of the Yamaha CRW-F1, but it really doesn't matter what form of the LiteOn LTR-52246S you get. All versions of the LiteOn LTR-52246S (regardless of the brand name) are the same hardware, so get whichever you feel most comfortable with if you choose the LTR-52246S. My reasons for choosing the LTR-52246S over the Yamaha CRW-F1 are as follows:
1) Speed--I wanted something that would read CDs/write CD-Rs at at least 48X. The CRW-F1 seemed like old technology to me--44X was just a bit too slow. You have to draw the line somewhere when it comes to being too slow. Also, the seek speed of the CRW-F1 was slower than normal and the LTR-52246S had good seek performance. Since speed was important to me, this was one of the biggest factors in not choosing the CRW-F1.
2) DiscT@2 is not important to me--this is not a feature that mattered to me at all. So, the fact that the LiteOn unit didn't have this feature didn't matter to me at all since I wouldn't use it on the CRW-F1 if I bought that model.
3) The quality of the Yamaha CRW-F1 is probably a little better, but my feeling is that you can get the same quality at a lower price with the Liteon LTR-52246S if you use it with good quality media.
4) Since Yamaha got out of the CD-RW drive business before I made my decision, I was highly concerned that their support of the CRW-F1 would suffer, despite what they said about supporting their CD-RW drives in the future. I just thought it was a real bad idea to buy a CD-RW drive from a company that just got out of that business.
5) Cost--the Liteon drive was cheaper when I made my purchase decision, and is still cheaper now.
The only advantage that the Yamaha drive had that I cared about was that the Yamaha drive was significantly faster writing to/full erasing Ultra Speed CD-RW discs. The Yamaha CRW-F1 can full erase an Ultra Speed CD-RW disc in just under 4 minutes, whereas the Liteon LTR-52246S and the LTR-48246S take just under 5 minutes. This is because of the slow 24X CAV strategy that LiteOn chose, compared to the significantly faster P-CAV strategy that Yamaha, Plextor, and others chose. Despite the faster Ultra Speed CD-RW performance of the Yamaha drive, I chose the Liteon because I felt that reasons 1-5 above were far more important than the slow Liteon Ultra Speed CD-RW performance. I can tolerate the extra minute it takes the Liteon to write to/full erase an Ultra Speed CD-RW disc.
In short, the Liteon LTR-52246S is faster (overall) and cheaper than the Yamaha CRW-F1 and provides very acceptable quality. For those of us who don't care about DiscT@2 and want a faster drive, the Liteon LTR-52246S is a better choice.