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Old 12-04-03, 12:10 AM
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which format is better...dvd-r or dvd+r?

i just got my NEC 1300A dual format dvd burner from the black friday deals. now i need to pick up some media. from what i have read the -r is slightly more compatible than the +r...but i have also seen that people tend to like the +r better. is one format significantly better than the other?

also, for anyone who has this model which brand of media do you find works best? thanks!
Old 12-04-03, 12:42 AM
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I believe they are relatively the same. I am debating buying a DVD burner as well, and if I was in your boat, I'd probably just buy whichever format is the best deal.
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broadway, -r is alot more compatible with settop dvd players, while more computers use the +r, you can find 100 disc spindles of 4x dvd-r's for around $90 on ebay, they work great
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I'll have to agree that -R is more compatible. It's hit and miss trying to play my friend's +R in my player, but have never had a problem with any -R brand.
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I've got the same drive and I've been using - and + in it. Both have played back fine in my DVD player, so I buy whatever is cheaper.
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Get the format that's compatible w/ your stand alone DVD player. Test both formats out before buying in bulk.

Been using DVD+R for a while, and it works on all my Sony players and Philips players.

Oh, and about that $90 deal on ebay? What brand? I can get TDK 4x DVD+R 100/cake at BB for $94. There's a reason why some media are so cheap, they don't work, or crack and peel in no time. But hey, you get what you paid for.
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I have the Plextor dual format 8x burner. But it burns 8x for +R only; -R is at 4x. Naturally, I've only used DVD+R to burn stuff, and they work fine on my Sony DVD player.

Looking to the future, it seems like the +R is becoming more popular. Personally, I don't mind having both stick around, as long as all future hardware will be compatible with with both.
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Originally posted by FuzzyBallz

Oh, and about that $90 deal on ebay? What brand? I can get TDK 4x DVD+R 100/cake at BB for $94. There's a reason why some media are so cheap, they don't work, or crack and peel in no time. But hey, you get what you paid for.
Saying how bad a $90 stack is and then saying that you pay $94 per stack confuses me.
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Originally posted by namja
I have the Plextor dual format 8x burner. But it burns 8x for +R only; -R is at 4x.
Nice burner!

I just got a $80 Liteon dual format that I'm happy with. Except for the price I'd rather have yours though.

I'm unhappy that CD Creator doesn't support the Liteon and there are occasions I need to use it.
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We have the Plextor PX708A 8X DVD burner at work. The key is to find 8x DVD+R media to feed it, and that's tough to do on a budget, but in time, I hope that situation corrects itself.
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Semi-related, rememebr that compatibility increases the slower you burn the disk. So if you burn at 4x, the disk will run on less players than if you burned at 1x.

Found that out the hardway when I made a wedding video for my brother/sister-in-law and brought it to Thanksgiving. Previous disks (at 1x) worked great in the player, but the 4x burn didn't. Had to go to Best Buy and get another DVD player so they could watch their video.
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for computer use, +R is better because with -R you cannot use multisesion.
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For the rewritable types, I have a hard time finding -RW in stores. But +RW seem to be everywhere. Unfortunately, I don't have a dual format drive.
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I found some -RW at newegg for $1.50 each, but they burn at 1X speed, though.
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Originally posted by Patman
We have the Plextor PX708A 8X DVD burner at work. The key is to find 8x DVD+R media to feed it, and that's tough to do on a budget, but in time, I hope that situation corrects itself.
From what I hear, you can use any 4x DVD+R media and it will burn at 8x just fine. I've only tried the Memorex brand, and so far (about 20 DVDs burned), and they all burned at 8x and I haven't had any errors. And they read fine in my Sony DVD player and my friend's Pioneer DVD player.

Plus the Memorex is $28.50 for a 25 pack at Amazon, with free shipping and no tax on most states.
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I'll have to try that. So far, all I have on hand are the 2.4x DVD+Rs for the time being. Once I burn through that stack of 50, I can report back on the 8x burning.

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