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Blu-ray Disc Writers, BD Combo and BD-ROM Drives

Which Blu-ray Writer Would You Buy?

Poll ended at Sat Jun 10, 2006 12:24 pm

BenQ BD1000
3
15%
Lite-On LH-2B1S
1
5%
LG GBW-H10N
6
30%
Panasonic LF-MB121JD (SW-5582)
1
5%
Philips TripleWriter SPD7000
2
10%
Pioneer BDR-101A
5
25%
Sony BWU-100A
2
10%
Plextor PX-B900A
0
No votes
 
Total votes : 20

New Poll - Which PC Based Blu-ray Writer Would You Buy?

Postby Ian on Fri Jun 09, 2006 12:24 pm

This is just a theoretical question as I don't know too many people with an extra $1000 laying around. Feel free to give your reasons.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:16 pm

Well, for me it would be whichever is cheapest, the BenQ, the LiteON or the Philips. Since they will probably all be the same physical drive :lol:
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Postby Ian on Fri Jun 09, 2006 2:45 pm

I voted for the LG. Who knows when we'll have 4x BD-R media though.
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Postby CowboySlim on Fri Jun 09, 2006 4:53 pm

I'm waiting for the MadDog BluRay MegaStor. :P
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Postby Ian on Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:09 pm

CowboySlim wrote:I'm waiting for the MadDog BluRay MegaStor. :P


That probably won't happen until they reach $100 or so.
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Postby MonsterMan on Fri Jun 09, 2006 5:37 pm

I voted for LG, but would get the BenQ as long as Lite-On has exactly 0% to do with it...
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Postby [buck] on Fri Jun 09, 2006 7:18 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:Well, for me it would be whichever is cheapest, the BenQ, the LiteON or the Philips. Since they will probably all be the same physical drive :lol:


I think I'm going to go with Dolph's answer. Any BenQ/Philips design is fine with me. If for some reason the BenQ, LiteON, or Philips drives aren't using a Philips chipset, then I'd go for the Pioneer. I just get the impression that they make decent really new drives.
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Fri Jun 09, 2006 10:58 pm

[buck] wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote:Well, for me it would be whichever is cheapest, the BenQ, the LiteON or the Philips. Since they will probably all be the same physical drive :lol:


I think I'm going to go with Dolph's answer. Any BenQ/Philips design is fine with me. If for some reason the BenQ, LiteON, or Philips drives aren't using a Philips chipset, then I'd go for the Pioneer. I just get the impression that they make decent really new drives.


No first generation Pioneer drives for me though :wink: I want one that can at least handle dual layer BDRs :wink:
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Postby Ian on Fri Jun 09, 2006 11:16 pm

dolphinius_rex wrote:No first generation Pioneer drives for me though :wink: I want one that can at least handle dual layer BDRs :wink:


Heck, I'd want one that at least handled CD's. #-o
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Sat Jun 10, 2006 4:09 am

Ian wrote:
dolphinius_rex wrote:No first generation Pioneer drives for me though :wink: I want one that can at least handle dual layer BDRs :wink:


Heck, I'd want one that at least handled CD's. #-o


Honestly. I don't consider that aspect to be a very big deal. And if they can drop some licensing fees off of the drive for a cheaper cost, then I'm all for it :D
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Postby Ian on Sat Jun 10, 2006 9:06 am

CD licenseing fees are so cheap these days, there's no reason not to include them. The way I see it, Pioneer wanted to have the first Blu-ray writer and they skipped a few things to do it. Unfortunately, due to AACS delays, the release of the drive was pushed back, giving the competition time to develop their own writers. IMO, Pioneer should have just scrapped the BDR-101A and introduced the BDR-102A as their first.
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Postby hoxlund on Sun Jun 11, 2006 3:13 pm

made the plunge and clicked on pioneer

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Postby frank1 on Mon Jun 12, 2006 3:29 am

I voted for the Pioneer BDR-101A
because the pick up head of this drive does not handle CD's.
I dont like when such fragile heads are able to do too many things.


I even think that CD's have to be written with a CD burner and not even a DVD burner.
I also wounder what I am going to put on a 25 GB BD-R disc !
I do all my backups of sensitive Data on DVD-RAM or on external HD.


Anyway to buy one of these drives I will wait for the price of drives and medias to go down a lot.
Maybe buy somtimes in the future a second hand Pioneer BDR-101A from somebody who wants a new drive capable to burn also CD's ?



The only thing that may me switch to BD-R discs will be the proof that a burned BD-R will last much longer than a DVD R
because BD-R discs will not use organic dye anymore.
See:
« Will BD-R discs be A LOT BETTER for long time archiving ? »
http://www.cdrlabs.com/phpBB/viewtopic.php?t=21454

BTW I am waiting for the first post by MediumRare about Climatic Stability tests of burned BD-R discs made by c't magazine.
Maybe around Christmas 2006 ?
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Postby MediumRare on Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:45 am

frank1 wrote:BTW I am waiting for the first post by MediumRare about Climatic Stability tests of burned BD-R discs made by c't magazine.
Maybe around Christmas 2006 ?

I don't have much influence on that.:wink:

Sony media is readily available in local stores though (20 Euros per disc for BD-R and 25 for BD-RE) so it may be sooner than Christmas.

Personally I don't intend to buy such expensive drives and expensive media that I can't really use- so I haven't voted (and won't).

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Postby hoxlund on Mon Jun 12, 2006 11:07 am

speaking of blueray, i downloaded my first blueray title yesterday: 16 blocks
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Postby frank1 on Mon Jun 12, 2006 1:11 pm

Thanks a lot for your answer MediumRare !

I agree with you and I will not buy expensive drives and medias that I have no real use for.
But as physicist I like to know the thruth about the long time conservation of dyes: both organic and non organic.
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Postby dodecahedron on Mon Jun 12, 2006 2:45 pm

i'd choose the one that has BD-R/E media testing capabilities :D
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Postby Ian on Mon Jun 12, 2006 9:49 pm

According to Primera, the BDR-101A will support dual layer media with a firmware update.

http://www.primera.com/news_bravo_xr-blu.html

Along with its built-in robotics and full-color direct-to-disc inkjet printing, the Bravo XR-Blu incorporates Pioneer Electronics (USA), Inc.’s new BDR-101A Blu-ray Disc/DVD Recorder. Blu-ray enabled recording software based on technology from Sonic Solutions®, the leader in Digital Media Software, is included to provide a complete and professional Blu-ray Disc publishing solution.

The initial release of the Bravo XR-Blu utilizes single-layer discs to store up to 25 gigabytes of data. An upgrade will be available shortly after launch that will allow dual-layer media, which stores up to 50 gigabytes of data per disc.
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Postby SkaarjMaster on Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:33 pm

I voted BenQ because they have the best DVD burners right now, so why not Blu-Ray. :D What? No votes for Lite-On and their newer DVD burners are doing so well.;)

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Postby Ian on Fri Aug 11, 2006 2:38 pm

I added the Sony BWU-100A to the poll.
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Postby aviationwiz on Sat Aug 12, 2006 4:09 am

I voted Pioneer mainly because it's the only drive I've actually seen information about.
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Postby aviationwiz on Mon Aug 28, 2006 11:59 am

OK, I'll go Plextor, ;) 8)
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Postby Ian on Mon Aug 28, 2006 12:11 pm

aviationwiz wrote:OK, I'll go Plextor, ;) 8)


It will be interesting to see if the PX-B900A is nothing more than a rebadged Panasonic. If so, I don't see too many people spending $1000 on a drive that you can get for hundreds less.
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Postby SkaarjMaster on Wed Sep 06, 2006 8:34 pm

Sometimes I wonder if the extra cost of the Plextor drives :o is worth it or if Plextor needs to take a reality check. 8)
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Postby Jon_J on Thu Sep 07, 2006 1:11 pm

Panasonic SW-5582
It burns DL
I saw it somewhere for $825
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