Confused about DVD+/-RW? Sony to the rescue with a combo drive!

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  1. Mike_G

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    Hi all,
    Last night I was poking around the internet looking for a DVD-R drive. I have one on my Mac but if I want to use my Windows machine to burn DVDs I have to put the drive in a Firewire case, and I can't use my Mac's drive, etc. So with the prices dropping I thought it would be time to buy my PC her own. The problem I had was whether to go with - or +. I prefer - but as we all know (*cough*BETA*cough*) sometimes it takes a little endorsement to push one format away.

    In comes Sony with their DVD+/-RW drive.

    It does EVERYTHING. Absofrickinlutely EVERYTHING. DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, CD-R, CD-RW. Price? $350 at CC. Have a friend or a family member whose DVD player can't play that DVD of your kids? No problem! Pop on a disc of the OTHER format and try that. Whoo!

    Just thought I'd let you all know about it if anyone's on the fence about which format to buy.

    EDIT: The model # is DRU-500A

    Mike
     
  2. Christ Reynolds

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  3. TyC

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    This is the burner I will choose when I make DVDs. A couple members of the AVS Forum have already purchased it. If you are interested, the thread is Got my DRU-500A today.
     
  4. John Parris

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    In case you're interested, NEC has a similar product coming out in November that will burn all the formats... DVD-R/+R at 4x max... I think it's the only one announced that will burn the - and + discs at 4x....

    The grounds of DVD-burning arent yet fertile enough for me to comit my hard-earned dollars just yet... maybe 6 months from now... Quality media is just too expensive.
     
  5. Mike_G

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    I paid $10 per blank CD when they first came out.
    $5 a pop from Apple isn't bad at all.
    Mike
     
  6. Paul McElligott

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    Everything I read about this says it's a great drive. Some compatibility problems with older +/-RW media. Good software bundle (although packet-writing software is missing from the package). Now I just wish I could find one.
     
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  8. Brian E

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    Looks like I might be getting a DVD burner sooner than I thought now.
     
  9. Wayne Bundrick

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    Got mine last week. About $250 in that sweet deal that Dell was offering, a low price plus a 10% coupon code. Only I haven't had much time to play with it. I burned one CD and one DVD+RW, both seem to work fine.
     
  10. Danny R

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    NEC has a similar product coming out in November that will burn all the formats... DVD-R/+R at 4x max... I think it's the only one announced that will burn the - and + discs at 4x....

    Of course the question is if the media will handle that speed. Some brands of 2x media still only burn properly at 1x speeds.

    $5 a pop from Apple isn't bad at all.

    Its about $4 too much. Shop around and you can find good quality DVD-Rs for about $1 each including shipping. Quality isn't synonymous with the "name" brands.
     
  11. Wayne Bundrick

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    Quality certainly isn't synonymous with the cheapest discs either. I'm sure there are discs cheaper than $5 that are just as reliable, but for now I'm going to be wary of the sub-$1 discs. Call it coaster insurance.
     
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    Has anybody seen the new Cendyne DVD burner (i belive its DVD-R/RW)? It was on bestbuy for $199 after rebates awhile back (saw it on The Screen Savers) [​IMG]
     

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