Anyone know about the quality of I/OMagic DVD burners

Discussion in 'Amateur Video Production' started by HighPeaksVideo, Feb 20, 2004.

  1. Staples has a deal on the I/O Magic 8x DVD burner for $89.94. Does anybody
    have feedback on I/O Magic equipment in general or the DVD 8x burner.
    TIA
    Craig H.
     
    HighPeaksVideo, Feb 20, 2004
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    rqo Guest

    I use one of the older I/O Magic controller cards, and it has always
    performed flawlessly. Didn't know that they now make DVD burners.

    rqo
     
    rqo, Feb 20, 2004
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  3. I've had one for about a month. The I/O Magic 8x I have is a branded
    Mistumi. I've owned Mitsumi's in the past (for a brief while they made
    Creative burners). Had good and bad luck with them (1 worked 2 years, the
    other 1 year, 1 a month, 1 still going 8x CD burner - made in 2000 I think).
    But I couldn't pass up the price on this one (almost $100 less than a Sony).
    It's been my experience I get the itch after 1 or 2 years to replace a
    burner any way. Some of my machines I keep 'em in there longer. Depends on
    the machines. 2 of my servers have real old burners in them, but I rarely
    use them.

    I've had very little problems with it so far. It didn't like working and
    playing with my Ricoh 5125 DVD Burner as the master. That's ok since I
    bought it to replace my ailing Ricoh anyway. I've burnt alot of DVDs (no
    coasters) and a few backups of music CDs (2 coasters - but I have a tendency
    to use the computer for surfing newsgroups and the net while I'm burning,
    probably not the drive's fault).

    The best I've been able to do so far is 4x speed on DVDs. That again is not
    the burner's fault. I buy cheap media (Imation 4X) and the software I use
    the most (Pinnacle Studio 8) does not support past 2X in the version I have.
    Roxio Easy CD & DVD will kick it to 4x.

    It's been my experience in the past that previous Mitsumi's start out great.
    Some crap out pre-maturely. I got a 3 year replacement plan on this one for
    $39.00. If it craps out, I'll just return it and get a new one.

    Not a bad burner for $99.00+$39.00. Still $50.00 cheaper than the Sony I
    was lookin at.

    I'd buy it with a replacement plan. If not, just ask yourself if it's that
    big a deal if an $89.00 burner craps out prematurely. If you don't mind the
    RMA process and the hassle involved, skip the replacement plan. I
    personally pay the $39.00 so I can just walk into Best Buy and get another
    one, buypassing the RMA process. Bottom line IMHO it's a good price, made
    by a (Mitsumi) company I've had so/so luck with. Your call.

    Art
     
    Art Wakefield, Feb 21, 2004
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    TonyP Guest

    Mine says magicspin on the top cover. I haven't burned a DVD yet, but
    for the price, I couldn't pass it up.
     
    TonyP, Feb 21, 2004
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  5. Hmm... perhaps I/O Magic does various types of branding on this offer.
    Including their own. I'm pretty sure I/O Magic doesn't produce them
    themselves.

    I know what you mean about the price. I guess we'll find our whether were
    geniuses or complete fools within the next year or so. By that time I'll be
    itchin for a Blu-Ray or whatever the heck the pseudo-standard ends up being
    anyway.

    I'm hopin for the genuis part myself :)

    Art
     
    Art Wakefield, Feb 21, 2004
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    I.Fisher Guest

    Look in the BTC web site, I think I read on a forum that BTC burners
    were branded as I/O Magic. I was having trouble with my BTC burner but I
    think it was because I'd already added two extra hard drives and a CD
    burner. The power supply just wasn't up to it, as I think DVD burners use a
    lot off juice. It's working fine now.
     
    I.Fisher, Feb 22, 2004
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    none Guest

    I have an I/O Magic cd burner which seems to work well - though I rarely
    have cause to use it. But keep in mind that you will have the devil of a
    time trying to get this company to ever pay any rebate.

    I bought mine through Circuit City, and am convinced that I never would had
    gotten the rebate if not for Circuit City's intervention. First, I/O Magic
    sent an email announcing that "regrettably" the rebates for everybody would
    be delayed for three months. But I didn't forget about it :)

    Next, they ignored my emails and phone calls. When I talked to Circuit
    City, I/O Magic at first told them that I had submitted multiple rebate
    requests (now where would I get extra UPCs and receipts, I don't know).
    These crooks were calling me a crook!

    Finally, after a few more calls to Circuit City, I/O Magic paid the rebate.

    I'd have to wonder what would happen with any warranty claim from such a
    sleazy company. Try a search on google groups for rebate and this company.
    They have quite a (bad) reputation.
     
    none, Feb 22, 2004
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    none Guest

    Where do I start in learning how to diagnose this problem?

    I downloaded an ~600K clip at:
    http://members.xoom.virgilio.it/marcvanriet/martialarts/4 - almost si
    dechoked.avi

    But my Windows Media Player 6.4 shows only the first frame, while the audio
    seems to play normally. I have recently downloaded some odec(s), but i'm
    not familiar with this whole area. (I'm hesitant to download MS newest
    player, because I've heard it is spyware.)

    IrfanView won't play it either. VirtualDub 1.4 also shows only one frame,
    but when I grabbed the slider control and moved it backwards, I did
    momentarily see other frames. I cannot now reproduce that, but that at
    least leads me to believe that there are multiple frames in the avi, not
    just the one.

    One other thing, which might be a clue: when I first downloaded the entire
    clip, "Save as..." was greyed out. I was only able to save it by copying
    from the browser cache.

    Thanks.
     
    none, Feb 22, 2004
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