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Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Fri Sep 03, 2010 1:15 pm

Sony Optiarc announced their new 12x Blu-ray Disc writer today. I still can't figure out if the BWU-500S is an original design or a rebadge. Thoughts?

PR - http://www.cdrlabs.com/News/sony-optiar ... riter.html
Specs - http://www.cdrlabs.com/Optical-Drives/S ... riter.html

The bezel looks a lot like their old NEC based DVD writers, but the specs and dimensions are identical to the Lite-On iHBS112 and iHBS212.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Dartman on Fri Sep 03, 2010 7:11 pm

Well the way they have been doing things lately it could be either one as some of their drives use the mediatek and some use NEC, even in the same models depending on the last few numbers in the model name.
Guess you better get one and see how it checks out :D
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Tue Dec 14, 2010 9:53 am

Newegg has got the OEM version (BD-5300S) in stock for $99.99 shipped.

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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Gabe on Sat Mar 19, 2011 4:42 pm

Well, the review sounds nice. Fast, and the writing-quality looks good, but not perfect

Is it a Liteon-Rebadge?

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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Jim on Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:40 pm

Appears to be a LiteOn rebadge from what I've read. Looks like the 12X burners from Lite On, Sony, and ASUS all share a common LiteOn platform. Plextor and Pioneer are shared. LG has their own 12X burner. HP and Memorex have 12X burners too, but I'm not sure who they are sourced from.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Jim on Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:41 pm

I forgot to mention good review BTW!
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Sat Mar 19, 2011 6:55 pm

Thanks Jim!

Jim wrote:Appears to be a LiteOn rebadge from what I've read. Looks like the 12X burners from Lite On, Sony, and ASUS all share a common LiteOn platform. Plextor and Pioneer are shared. LG has their own 12X burner. HP and Memorex have 12X burners too, but I'm not sure who they are sourced from.


There are some slight physical differences and in the list of supported media, but for the most part, they are the same drive. HP is like Plextor.. they've essentially licensed their name to Lite-On for optical drives. I'm guessing Memorex is too as they go with the lowest bidder for their drives.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Sat Mar 19, 2011 7:00 pm

Oh yeah.. that's definitely a Lite-On rebadge.

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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Scour on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:29 am

Jim wrote:Plextor and Pioneer are shared.


Don´t understand, what that means? Do Plextor or Pioneer together build the drives?

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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:09 am

Scour wrote:Don´t understand, what that means? Do Plextor or Pioneer together build the drives?


Lite-On didn't have a 12x BD writer when Plextor introduced the PX-B940SA so they rebadged a Pioneer BDR-205. They've now released the PX-B950SA which is based on the Lite-On iHBS212.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Scour on Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:21 am

Ah, ok

Will Pioneer release some drives made by their own or also rebadge in future?
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Sun Mar 20, 2011 10:25 am

Scour wrote:Ah, ok

Will Pioneer release some drives made by their own or also rebadge in future?


You mean Plextor?
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Scour on Sun Mar 20, 2011 11:35 am

Not sure ;)
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby MediumRare on Sun Mar 20, 2011 2:30 pm

Nice review, Ian!

The links to the BD-R write graphs and Transfer Rate tests seem to be dead- I get a 404 on all of them.

Does the drive do PI/PIF scans on DVDs?

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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Sun Mar 20, 2011 6:44 pm

MediumRare wrote:The links to the BD-R write graphs and Transfer Rate tests seem to be dead- I get a 404 on all of them.


Sorry about that. You should be able to access them now. And yeah.. it does write quality tests for DVD and CD too.

Scour, I don't think we'll ever see another original Plextor drive. At the most, we're going to continue to get enthusiast oriented utilities like PlexUtilities that tap into the capabilities of Lite-On based drives.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Scour on Sun Mar 20, 2011 7:18 pm

So the Plextor and Pioneer-drives are also rebadged?
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Sun Mar 20, 2011 8:09 pm

Pioneer still makes their own. Plextor rebadges them.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Scour on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:23 pm

Thats what I wanted to know. This is the reason for my question "Will Pioneer release some drives made by their own or also rebadge in future?"

I meant Pioneer, because Plextor rebadges since years
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Ian on Mon Mar 21, 2011 12:49 pm

I really don't know. So far, they've been making all their own Blu-ray drives, but some of their DVD writers have been based on designs from companies like ASUS.
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Re: Sony Optiarc BWU-500S 12x BD Writer - Lite-On Rebadge?

Postby Scour on Mon Mar 21, 2011 1:30 pm

Or in the opposite ;)

A friend have an Asus 1608P, which is designed by Pioneer.

I think the 116/216 was the last real Pioneer DVD-drive, atm it´s somewhat of Asus/Liteon
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