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Postby nrg on Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:33 pm

My samsung burner is slowly going downhill. I'm ready to upgrade and looking for a good burner. The ideal burner would be one that lasts at least 2 years. My old samsung is having problems and it's only been about a year and a half.

It seems that everyone shouts praises on the lite-on burners. So why are the lite-on burners so cheap compared to the Sony or TDK burners which are $60+ at CompUSA?

There was a Memorex 52x24x52 at CompUSA for 29.98 flat (no rebate). I was scared to buy it thinking it was junk if it only cost that.

Does price have anything at all to do with how good the burners are?
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Postby hoxlund on Tue Jan 06, 2004 2:41 pm

well if you want great cd burner, check out plextor premium

the memorex and tdk are re-badged lite-ons anyways

but either way i would go plextor, they are nice burners that hold up very well
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Postby nrg on Tue Jan 06, 2004 4:01 pm

So why pay $60 for a re-badged lite-on when you can by it directly from lite-on for a fraction of that price? Am I missing something here? Does Sony or TDK do anything to these burners? Any modifications? Are the optics really the same?

Thanks for the info on plextor
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Postby CDRecorder on Tue Jan 06, 2004 4:20 pm

nrg wrote:So why pay $60 for a re-badged lite-on when you can by it directly from lite-on for a fraction of that price? Am I missing something here? Does Sony or TDK do anything to these burners? Any modifications? Are the optics really the same?


Sony, TDK, and other companies who re-brand Lite-On drives often modify the firmware slightly, but they typically don't make it any better. Other than the firmware and faceplate, the drives are identical.
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Postby eliminator on Tue Jan 06, 2004 9:34 pm

welcome to forums nrg !

See if your local B.Buy has mir going on... $19.99 on retail box 52327S lite-on ! 8)
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Postby dolphinius_rex on Tue Jan 06, 2004 9:56 pm

If you are going to buy the Plextor Premium, you might as well buy a DVD burner! :lol:
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Postby hoxlund on Wed Jan 07, 2004 12:54 am

good point dolphinius_rex:

NEC ND-2500A for $140ish

or newegg has the lite-on ltr-52327s for $38 with free shipping:

http://www.newegg.com/app/ViewProduct.a ... 27-106-198
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Postby Prowler on Wed Jan 07, 2004 5:45 pm

You may also want to consider the Plextor 52x24x52 CD-RW Drive, Model PX-W5224TA-BPS. $47. at newegg for the oem version. I picked one up to replace a flaky LTR-52327S and am very pleased with it thus far. 8)
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Postby hoxlund on Thu Jan 08, 2004 1:37 am

yeah theres that too, both the 52x24x52x and plextor premium are very good drives
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