Ian wrote:I'm not surprised that the SPD2413BD was loud. It's based on a Lite-On design and they're quite loud, especially when writing DVD's at 18x or 20x.
Which Plextor drive? Some of the ones that they actually manufactured were quite good about noise. Then again, they were quite expensive too but IMO, they were worth it.
The DVR-1810 should be a DVR-112D. I'm not sure why Pioneer is doing this. It confuses customers. If you're going to sell the DVR-112D, name it that.
Spoke with Pioneer today. The overseas operation refuses to make a box change, but as stated before, the model number change only represents software in the box with the drive.
The tech also said that only the initial production had fast CD burning failures, and this problem has been cured in the present production. He refused to give me the serial numbers affected, but one can call 800-872-4159 and give your drive's serial number and they will give you the date of production and whether or not your unit is one which will be prone to that failure.
Fry's plans to put a note on the shelves stating to expect the different drive model number in the box so that customers stop returning the "1810" box thinking an error was made.
IAN: In this month's POLL, you voted for the Samsung SH-S203B. Do you think this Samsung SH-S203B is better than the DVR-1810 ?