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Sony DRU-700A vs Sony DRU-510A

Postby wozman on Wed Nov 24, 2004 10:52 am

I currently own the Sony DRU-510A, excellent drive, no problems, however I wouldn't mind something faster. Should I be looking at the new Sony DRU-700A as a good upgrade, improvement? With the Write Speeds being faster, and the Dual Layer capabilities, Is that a good reason to upgrade.

It is currently on sale, for $99.00 @ a Best Buy. I am thinking of purchasing it, for this reason. Valid???

Is it much of a step, better then the Sony DRU-510A?

Anyone have any thoughts????


Need Info ASAP, cause the sale runs out soon.
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Postby LoneWolf on Wed Nov 24, 2004 11:28 am

IMO, there are better choices than the DRU-700A if you want to upgrade. Most Sony burners are rebadged LiteOn drives, which can be had for less than the Sony-named drives. LiteOn drives are great CD burners, though many consider their DVD burning capabilities as average to slightly above. For that price, I'd be more likely to save $30 and buy an NEC 3500A online, or buy a Pioneer 108 online which isn't as capable with CDs as the NEC but is a competent DVD burner, or spend a little more and buy a Plextor PX-716A at Best Buy if you don't like online retail and are really picky about brands.
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Postby Ian on Wed Nov 24, 2004 11:49 am

The DRU-700A is based on the Lite-On SOHW-832S.
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Postby wozman on Wed Nov 24, 2004 12:27 pm

So you are saying that I should wait for the Plextor 716A???

How does it compare with the Sony DRU-700A?

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Postby dolphinius_rex on Wed Nov 24, 2004 1:29 pm

I would not even say LiteON burners are average quality burners... I would say they are below average quality burners. I mean they aren't as bad as Artec, or BTC, but they sure can't hold a light to Pioneer, BenQ, NEC, or LG...
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Postby code65536 on Wed Nov 24, 2004 3:55 pm

I think that the 832S was a good, solid drive. Though I can't say much about their 16x.

But the 700A/832S and is of the older 8x generation. It doesn't make sense to compare it with the current generation of drives like the Plex 716A.
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Postby overclockxp on Wed Nov 24, 2004 5:29 pm

Do not wait for the PX-716a!

Get the NEC 3520 or wait for the Pioneer A09.

The BenQ 1620 would be another fine choice.
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