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Old 07-30-01, 11:57 AM
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Hardware: Best PC DVD player (making a system guide)

Hello,

I'm putting together a system guide for friends, and I was wondering what DVD-ROM everyone would recommend as the "best" overall right now for features/performance/price.

I originally recommended the Pioneer DVD116 drive.

Anyone else have any thoughts?

Also, I'm looking for good sources of information. Do you know of any other web sites or forums that deal with PC-based DVD playing?



Please help!

Thanks,

Scott
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Old 07-30-01, 08:02 PM
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It really depends on factors such as noise, preference for slot-loading, as well as region-free and ripping ability. Pioneer is very good. The earlier models of Pioneer were quiet, the 116 is noisy. Toshiba is also a favorite, the earlier (slower) the model, the quieter.

There are programs that can slow down the drive and thus quiet them, but they don't work on the Pioneer.
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I have the Toshiba 16x60x DVD-rom and it's been absolutely perfect for me. I cant even notice any sound from it, when compared to my old AOPEN 50x CD-rom, which sounded like a freakin' jet taking off.....

Safe to say that a good majority of the people out there would put Pioneer and Toshiba DVD-ROM's very high on the sastifacory list.
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I have the Toshiba 16x60x DVD-rom and it's been absolutely perfect for me. I cant even notice any sound from it, when compared to my old AOPEN 50x CD-rom, which sounded like a freakin' jet taking off.....
What model # is that? Is it IDE or SCSI?

Is there an advantage to getting a SCSI DVD vs. IDE? I'm wondering because I have a SCSI card and plan to get a SCSI burner...
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Toshiba would be my first choice, followed by Pioneer.
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Old 08-01-01, 10:15 PM
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Originally posted by Snowball


What model # is that? Is it IDE or SCSI?

Is there an advantage to getting a SCSI DVD vs. IDE? I'm wondering because I have a SCSI card and plan to get a SCSI burner...
It's this one: http://www.toshiba.com/taecdpd/produ...502-Over.shtml

And it's IDE.

Sorry cant answer the SCSI question, cause well, quite frankly i dont know the answer.
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I love my Toshiba GD2500. This little baby is only a 4x, but with macrovision already disabled and region-free capabilities, and coupled with my HollywoodPlus card, it's a great extra DVD player.
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