Advice on purchase (Burner and Media)

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by Scott Reeve, Jan 2, 2004.

  1. Scott Reeve

    Scott Reeve Guest

    I am considering getting the LiteOn LDW811S 8x DVD Burner.
    (I'll be burning almost exclusively DVD+R with a few DVD+RW)

    I can get it for $142 shipped from an apparently reputable dealer.
    I am also considering getting a 50-pack of Fuji 4X DVD+R discs
    for $60 from BJs Wholesale Club.

    I will be playing these discs on DVD players that I already know
    will read DVD+R:

    1) brand new Sony, no problem there
    2) 2-year old Apex, reads +R but not +RW - no big deal
    3) Broksonic 15" LCD TV/DVD player, plays both +R and +RW

    Any gotchas that I should know about?


    I have also considered the Plextor PX-708A burner, which I can
    get shipped for about $175.

    I would spend the extra $33 if I knew that I was getting something better.
    I currently have a 2.4X Memorex burner which came with Nero,
    Sonic MyDVD, and PowerDVD, so I am comfortable with Nero, PowerDVD,
    and (I guess) Sonic. Sonic is a bit lame sometimes, though.

    Any opinions/advice would be appreciated.
    Scott Reeve, Jan 2, 2004
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  2. Scott Reeve

    ctrl-z Guest

    You'll never use the 8X speed (media too expensive) so I'd consider
    getting a 4X at half that price.
    ctrl-z, Jan 2, 2004
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  3. Scott Reeve

    Scott Reeve Guest

    I was going on the assumption that 8X burners can always burn 4X media at
    (this is what I've been told by several people)

    Bad assumption?
    Scott Reeve, Jan 2, 2004
  4. Since DVD blanks have their write speed encoded on the inner surface and
    the drive reads this I don't see how that could be possible unless
    there's a way to hack the software to bypass that. I have a Pioneer
    burner myself and the only piece of advice I have to offer is never by
    KHypermedia no matter how good the deal, those disks are junk. I bought
    2 25 packs and only ONE disk in the bunch successfully took more than 3
    GB of data.
    Chris Phillipo, Jan 2, 2004
  5. Scott Reeve

    ctrl-z Guest

    I was going on the assumption that 8X burners can always burn 4X media at
    As Chris said, this is normally incorrect. But if you're as cheap as
    me it may be irrelevant anyway as even the 4X disks usually cost too
    much more to justify. I try to burn overnight/lunch so it doesn't
    really matter to me how long it takes to burn.
    ctrl-z, Jan 5, 2004
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