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Old 05-22-03, 12:37 PM
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Dilemma with WHICH DVD-R/DVD+R PC Drive to get

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I had my heart set on the Sony DRU510A for a few reasons:

1) I have about $200 I can use towards any Sony Product on my Sony Credit Card (This will get me the drive for $150, and maybe even another $30 - $50 off IF I can get it at Staples)

2) It records all the major DVD formats (-R/+R, -RW,+RW)

3) It has a good reputation going for it!

Now.... I see that the '-R' format is really taking off and SEEMS that it's becoming the more recognized standard of DVD recording.

I saw some previous posts about people getting '-R' models from other companies for as low as $80?? Should I not waste my Sony points and get this unit for $150, if I don't need it?

I plan on burning many picture slide shows, and Mini DV camera footage to DVD discs.

Anyone have any advice?

**Update** It seems as though the Sony DRU510A DVD±RW Drive is NOW available. I could have it here Monday.

I am starting to think I should get a model that burns only '-R' and save all the extra cash and point.

What do you all think?
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Old 05-22-03, 12:54 PM
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Where'd you see the Sony?
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Old 05-23-03, 10:05 AM
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I think it's pretty safe to go the -R only route. Just keep your fingers crossed.
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The +/- units are coming down in price - saw a Cendyne +/- for $229 at costco.

Might cost a bit more to hedge your bets, but... maybe not a lot more.

the "80" price is often on a strange deal - i.e. sale price, coupon, price match, rebates, and a little magic fairy pixie dust. But they do seem to be going sub 200 for either + or - only formats.
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and of course, the cendyne units are normally just others rebadged

in most cases, i believe the cendyne -r burners were rebadged pioneer drives
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and of course, the cendyne units are normally just others rebadged

in most cases, i believe the cendyne -r burners were rebadged pioneer drives
Yes. My Cendyne 4x -r drive shows up as a Pioneer DVD-RW A05 in my BIOS.
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