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Old 04-21-03, 05:26 PM
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Need a Good, VERSATILE PC DVD RW

I want it to record all DVD formats

DVD RW
DVD-RW
DVD+RW
DVDR

All of them.


I want to start making a LOT of slide show DVD's with music, video, etc,etc. So it's essential that the finished result can be played on almost all stand alone DVD Players.

I have a Sony Credit Card, so I would get about $150 off with the Sony Points I have, IF I got the Sony model


I know there are a LOT of models out there, and that Sony was one of the first (if not THE first) to come out with the first PC DVD Recorder to burn ALL formats currently available.

Are there any other brands out there?



I need something:

That records all formats
That comes with GOOD software
GOOD warranty
And can burn a LOT of DVD's before giving out.


Thanks all!

How much are DVD media going for these days anyway?
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There's a new Sony model coming out, the DRU510A. From what I can tell, it has a faster CD-R/RW speed. The included software is not highly regarded.

There's also an Optorite brand coming out soon that will sell for under $300. It will also have HD Burn which is supposed to allow double density recording on standard CD-R media. No idea about the included software.

http://www.optorite.com/dd0203.htm

Media is running between about $0.80 and $2.00 each.
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Originally posted by X
There's a new Sony model coming out, the DRU510A. From what I can tell, it has a faster CD-R/RW speed. The included software is not highly regarded.

There's also an Optorite brand coming out soon that will sell for under $300. It will also have HD Burn which is supposed to allow double density recording on standard CD-R media. No idea about the included software.

http://www.optorite.com/dd0203.htm

Media is running between about $0.80 and $2.00 each.

Thanks X!

Any other ideas guys??
Old 04-23-03, 01:49 AM
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Get the Sony. I love mine, its my precious.
Old 05-18-03, 12:11 PM
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Originally posted by X
There's a new Sony model coming out, the DRU510A. From what I can tell, it has a faster CD-R/RW speed. The included software is not highly regarded.

There's also an Optorite brand coming out soon that will sell for under $300. It will also have HD Burn which is supposed to allow double density recording on standard CD-R media. No idea about the included software.

http://www.optorite.com/dd0203.htm

Media is running between about $0.80 and $2.00 each.

Has this Sony model not been released yet? Everywhere lists it as "out of stock"


I have about $200 worth of Sony points, so I think I'll go with the Sony, as opposed to the "Optorite" brand
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Nobody's got it yet as far as I can tell.
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Originally posted by X
Nobody's got it yet as far as I can tell.

Any word on when it will be released?
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I see that a hardware distributor I use has tens of thousands on order. They keep pushing back the ETA, but as of now it's supposed to arrive next week.

But I wouldn't hold my breath.
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I see that a hardware distributor I use has tens of thousands on order. They keep pushing back the ETA, but as of now it's supposed to arrive next week.

But I wouldn't hold my breath.

Ok, won't hold my breath too long

Thanks for the update!

I am hoping to either order it straight from Sony's web site, or perhaps wait 2 more weeks and see if Staples get's them (or Office Depot) and use one of those nifty $30 or $50 off coupons. That coupon on top of my Sony points will get it for me for around $100 -$140

Nice
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Does ANYONE have any info on this DVD-R yet?
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Big surprise, it hasn't come in to the distributor yet. Now they have 5/23 as the ETA. Right.
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Went to the order page on Sony's website today, and it looks like this is available now!


Now the question is, should I get it, or not. hmmmmmmmmm

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Why are places like this here selling it for $379, when Sony's own site has it for $349?

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I would never buy it for $349. That's the same price retailers have it for.

I'd wait for a Dell deal. But then you do have that Sony money.

Since I just got a -R, I'm thinking I'd just as soon get another +R drive if I ever found I needed one. Two drives would still cost less than the Sony.
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I just picked up the 510A today at Circuit City for $299. I will install it tonight and see how it goes. Software doesn't look too great and I am very dissapointed that it didn't come with an media to try it out.
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Pioneer has one coming out very soon that will do all formats. It will be MSRPd at $329.
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And then there's the Cendyne (NEC 1300A) at Costco for $229 or $180 at Staples, and the NEC 1300A itself at Newegg for $199.
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Originally posted by X
I would never buy it for $349. That's the same price retailers have it for.

I'd wait for a Dell deal. But then you do have that Sony money.

Since I just got a -R, I'm thinking I'd just as soon get another +R drive if I ever found I needed one. Two drives would still cost less than the Sony.

Forgot to say, I can use that "Sony Money" anywhere. As long as it's a SONY product, bought from a Sony authorized Dealer, I get the $$

So if I get that Sony 510A from Circuit City this weekend, I can get it for $100

If I get it there, and it comes out cheaper in the next 30 days, I got it covered under price protection right?


So, it's out at Circuit City today??

palebluedot-- Can you tell us what you think?


Can I get a DVD-R drive for under $200? Someone in another thread said they got one for $80 after rebates a little while back!
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I just got one from Staples for $129+tax. It's the Pioneer 105.

Bought online, used $50 coupon and pricematched their B&M.
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Would anyone reccomend buying the Exteneded warranty for these? Circuit City has them for 4 years. That is not bad at all I'd say. $25 for 4 years. Anyone dealt with these plans for CD/DVD burners before?

If it goes bad (which it inevitably will in 4 years), will they just eplace it with a comparable model?
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I just got one from Staples for $129+tax. It's the Pioneer 105.

Bought online, used $50 coupon and pricematched their B&M.

X!!

All that talk must have gotten to ya eh?

Where did you get that coupon? And what did you do to pricematch it?

Email me the info if its not kosher to post that stuff here

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Thanks!

Anyone got any reviews or personal info on the Pioneer? It burns BOTH formats?
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I posted a thread about it in here - http://www.dvdtalk.com/forum/showthr...hreadid=293015

It's just a -R/RW model. You should check if your local Staples has it in stock for the pricematch to work. And I've heard that there are uncooperative customer service reps who won't do it, but if you keep calling back and getting a new one they'll eventually do it.

The +R/RW model is a similar deal except I believe the website has it listed at $229 so there's no pricematching. However I've heard you can only use the $50 coupon once so you'll need a "friend" to buy a second drive.
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X, didn't we have a thread on DVD media?...I can't find it. I don't know what to buy. I grabbed some TDKs at CC when I bouth the drive but they were expensive. Any thoughts?
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I've been looking at this:

http://www.pcclub.com/product_detail...temno=A3458849

But I'm also reading comments that they work fine for some people and don't for others when you fill the disc up. So I don't know for sure.
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Originally posted by Sominex
palebluedot-- Can you tell us what you think?

Will do...I will make a burn tonight.


X...thanks I will give those a try.
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Well...

I burned 4.2GB of data onto a DVD+R in 12 minutes (nice!). What worries me though is it can only be read in two out of my 5 DVD-ROM drives.

Maybe because it's a DVD+R? Age of those DVD players? I will have to pick up some DVD-Rs tomorrow to try.

Other than that the drive is great, looks good too. On XP the drive installed without effort and I was using it in 10 minutes after I installed.

The software so far is pretty good. The Veritas software is very easy to use for copying a DVD, creating a data DVD, and doing backup. It comes with My Sonic DVD for making movies which looks really easy to use. There are a couple of other programs I haven't looked at yet.

My only complaints so far are the drive tray is pretty noisy going in and out..it's smooth...just noisy. The other is bad luck with DVD+R so far.

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