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Sony's 18x Super Multi Drives - In Stores Yet?

Postby Ian on Tue Aug 29, 2006 11:43 am

The DRU-830A, DRX-830U and DRX-830UL-T are listed as being in stock on SonyStyle.com. Has anyone seen them in stores yet?

I'm guessing these are based on the AD-7170A from Sony NEC Optiarc.
Here are their specs:

Writing Speeds:
DVD+R: 4X CLV, 8X P-CAV, 16X, 18X CAV
DVD+RW: 2.4X, 4X CLV, 6X, 8X Z-CLV
DVD+R DL: 2.4X, 4X, 6X, 8X Z-CLV
DVD-R: 4X CLV, 8X P-CAV, 16X CAV, 18X CAV
DVD-RW: 2X, 4X, CLV, 6X Z-CLV
DVD-R DL: 2X, 4X CLV, 6X, 8X Z-CLV
DVD-RAM: 5X, 6X CLV, 8X, 10X, 12x P-CAV
CD-R: 8X ~16X CLV, 24X ~40X P-CAV, 48X CAV
CD-RW: 4X ~ 16X CLV, 24X ~ 32X Z-CLV

Read Speeds:
DVD-ROM: 16X Max
CD-ROM: 48X Max

Access Times:
CD-ROM: 130ms
DVD-ROM: 140ms

Buffer Size: 2MB

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Postby aviationwiz on Tue Aug 29, 2006 12:02 pm

When I was in Best Buy last week I think all they had from Sony was the DRU-820A.
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Postby Gen-An on Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:00 pm

Can it be the 7170A if it uses P-CAV for 8x burning? I thought those Optiarc drives still used Z-CLV for 8x.
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Postby Ian on Tue Aug 29, 2006 1:19 pm

Gen-An wrote:Can it be the 7170A if it uses P-CAV for 8x burning? I thought those Optiarc drives still used Z-CLV for 8x.


That's a good point. It could be a Lite-On rebadge. On the other hand, Sony isn't exactly known for having accurate info on SonyStyle.com.
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Postby Ian on Thu Aug 31, 2006 8:08 pm

Gen-An, you're right. According to Sony, its not an Optiarc design. They wouldn't say what it is though.. just that its outsourced.
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Postby Ian on Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:04 am

A few screenshots..
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Postby Ian on Sat Sep 23, 2006 9:30 am

Believe it or not, this is not a Lite-On design. It's based on the Samsung TS-H652D. This is the OEM version of the SH-S182D.
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Postby MediumRare on Sat Sep 23, 2006 11:44 am

Ian wrote:Believe it or not, this is not a Lite-On design. It's based on the Samsung TS-H652D. This is the OEM version of the SH-S182D.

That makes you wonder just what Sony is up to. They own part of LiteOn and have a joint venture with NEC to produce optical drives- and then relabel Samsung designs. :o

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Postby Ian on Sat Sep 23, 2006 12:22 pm

You gotta wonder if Lite-On and Optiarc couldn't meet their demands. Both only recently started ramping up production of their 18x drives. Samsung has been doing it for a number of months already.
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