TCAS! This is the fastest reader when converted to a A09 on the market! Before I converted it it was a little better than the speed of a hacked RP removed 3500(Plex 716 and AOPEN 1608 were the fastest out of the box). My scan on another thread shows that it beat the Plex 716a by a hair and a half. It burns most 8X media at 12X and Maxell 8X at 8X. All 16X media at 16X. So it is slower on TY02(12X) media and Maxell (8X)than the hacked 3500. However, I am still researching the availability of hacked FW for this and if it will improve any speeds for Maxell 002(TY002 is good enough at 12X). The recording times are about the same as the PLEX for most media, which is outstanding. I will do a 16X recording shortly to see if it slows down any during the recording.
Chas at CDFREAKS thinks it is a little high on error rate but makes perfect DVD videos. If I ever start using these for data back up I will need to know which one is the best. I suspect the NEC/Plex/Aopen!
Which brings up a point! One burner is not perfect at everything! If speed is not an issue for burning DVDs, then the 1608 is the best all around burner. If speed is an issue, then I would say the 109 is due to price ($49). The Plex 716 is a great burner but a little pricy! When the 3530 and 3540 are available to everyone the line up may shift a little
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on Sun Jun 05, 2005 9:03 am, edited 13 times in total.
BQ 1640 BSOB
NEC 4550 1.6T
Plextor 716a 1.09
Pioneer 109/A09 158
Pioneer 110/A10 1.39
Sony 875P & 333ES
Two Dell 8400s & 9100 with SATA HDs