DVD+RW/+R vs DVD-RW/-R ????

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  1. StephenK

    StephenK Stunt Coordinator

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    Can someone explain the real world differences between these 2 formats? I know that DVD+ is backed by Dell and others while DVD- is backed by Apple and others. Are there any compatibility issues with either format and DVD players?

    Issue is, I'm thinking about buying a Dell, which only has DVD+R & +RW, but I'm getting the impression that DVD-R and -RW seems to be more prevalent, especially when buying media.

    Any thoughts/advice is appreciated.

    Thx
    Steve
     
  2. Wayne Bundrick

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    There are compatibility issues with both. At this point it seems that neither one has a significant compatibility advantage over the other. The one thing supporters of both sides can agree to is that newer DVD players have fewer problems playing either type.
     
  3. Gabriel_Lam

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    You can, of course, buy a Sony DRU500A DVD burner that burns 2.4x DVD+R, 2.4x DVD+RW, 4x DVD-R, 2x DVD-RW, 32x CD-R, 10x CD-RW, and reads 8x DVD, 32x CD, all for $253.49 shipped (plus tax though). It comes with a large 8mb buffer and buffer underrun protection.

    That'll give you the best of both worlds.
     
  4. StephenK

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    Wayne & Gabriel

    Thanks for the input. I knew that Sony had a drive that did both formats but I am leery of adding a second party drive to a Dell system. I usually end up with some sort of IRC/Sound/Video conflict that takes days to work out. I think I'll end up going with the pre-packaged DVD+RW from Dell to avoid any harware compatibility issues.

    Thx again
    Steve
     
  5. Gabriel_Lam

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    Dell (in their software & peripherals section) is the one selling the Sony. [​IMG]
    Best of luck with whatever you decide on. Let us know how it goes for you.
     
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    aren't DVD-R's able to play on most consumer DVD decks? thats why Apple uses them.
     
  7. Gabriel_Lam

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  8. Wayne Bundrick

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    DVD+R has only recently become available (yeah, they actually shipped the drives when they only knew how to make the +RW part work) so it's too soon to tell whether DVD+R is more compatible than DVD-R.

    There's a feature article at dv.com which goes through a test of 41 discs across 66 players from about two dozen brands. But they didn't test DVD+R.
     
  9. Timon Russo

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    Stephen, I just bought a Dell with the DVD+RW drive and have burned several DVDs so far which play fine in the DVD player I purchased in 2000. I expect most people will be quite happy with whatever drive they choose.
     
  10. StephenK

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    Timon,

    Thanks. Just curious, where were you able to buy blank DVD+RW media and how much were they? Also, have you tried DVD+R (general) format disks? What player are you using?

    Gabriel and Wayne,

    Thanks for the links, this was just the info I was looking for.
     

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