Mad Dog Megastor MD-16XDVD9A2 DVD Writer
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1 CompUSA 4xDVD+R (AML.....001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (PRODISC.R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
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This will be my second DVD burner. At a friends suggestion, I was encouraged to try a Mad Dog
Megastor 6 in 1 Multimedia Burner. Followed all the instructions, loaded the Nero software
that comes with it. After burning a dozen coasters the unit was repackaged and returned
to the store. Being open minded, I was willing to try another. After many tests (and many
coasters) this unit was also packed back up and returned. This time I got smart ( I got a
refund.) Decided to go with a Lite-On 16X DVD+/-RW Dual Drive from Walmart. Installed the
Lite-On and the Nero Express CD-Burning Software (same software that comes with the Mad Dog)
Worked like a charm at the get go. Burned a stack of 25 DVD's - No coasters!!!
After 2 Mad Dog DVD Burners failed to work properly , I can only draw the conclusion that
the Mad Dog has rabies and is now building junk. The bright light at the end of the tunnel
In the Computer Industry, one can always find a product that works when others fail.
Comments posted by Jack from Canada, June 24, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.
Has anyone figured out how to burn CGMS encoded stuff with this burner?
Comments posted by Dalio from United States, June 03, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
This is indeed a rebrande NEC 3520A burner. Got this burner last week. I've successfully burnt about 11 DVD9 and 15 DVD5 discs. NO coasters yet! I'm using blank Verbatim DVD+R DVD9 and TDK DVD-R DVD5 discs, s/w is Nero 188.8.131.52. I've not tried flashing it with the NEC firmware to support DVD-R DVD9 discs. I set the DVD+R DVD9 booktype to DVD-ROM and so far all my discs have played on all my families and friends' players. You can obtain the booktype changer s/w from Maddog's site. All in all I'm very happy with this burner and highly recommend it.
Comments posted by Splat from United States, May 21, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
Buoght at CompUSA back in Feb 05, got the rebate so final cost $49. Works great with every media & Nero, except Verbatim DVD+R DL. I now have two VERY expensive coasters.
Comments posted by Rastag from United States, April 23, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.
Purchased 2/05 after rebates $49 at CompUSA!! Great deal. Has worked flawless even with several cheap media.
Comments posted by ggrussell from United States, March 23, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
I just bought this today at CompUSA after reading that it's a rebranded NEC 3520A, but, primarily because it can write 16x to both +R and -R media with of course +/-DL being a plus. I'm very impressed. Installed easily and worked right from the outset. I've tested several different media and it produced DVD Player playable DVDs every time....even on some media that have produced terrible results on my Pioneer and Panasonic burners. (Now if the 16x and DL media prices will just drop.....)
Comments posted by Phil Jones from United States, March 14, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
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Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.
Write support / Read support
DVD-R = Works
DVD-R? = Not tested
Single Layer(4.7GB) write speeds
1x (CLV) = about 58 minutes
2x (CLV) = about 29 minutes
2.4x (CLV) = about 24 minutes
4x (CLV) = about 14.5 minutes
6x (CLV/ZCLV) = about 10-12 minutes
8x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 8-10 minutes
12x (PCAV/ZCLV) = about 6.5-7.5 minutes
16x (CAV/ZCLV) = about 6-7 minutes
Dual/Double Layer(8.5GB) write speeds
1x CLV = about 105 minutes
2.4x CLV = about 44 minutes
4x CLV = about 27 minutes
Single Layer (4.7GB) read speeds
1x read speed is 1.321MB/s = ~56 minutes
6x CAV (avg. ~4x) read speed is max 7.93MB/s = ~14 minutes
8x CAV (avg. ~6x) read speed is max 10.57MB/s = ~10 minutes
12x CAV (avg. ~8x) read speed is max 15.85MB/s = ~7 minutes
16x CAV (avg. ~12x) read speed is max 21.13MB/s = ~5 minutes
DVD Write types
CAV = Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is written at a constantly increasing speed.
CLV = Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is written at a constant speed.
ZCLV = Zone Constant Linear Velocity, the DVD is divided into zones. After each zone the write speed is increased.
PCAV = Partial Constant Angular Velocity, the DVD is being written at an increasing speed until a certain speed. After this speed it will not increase anymore.
Desktop = Standalone desktop DVD Recorder
EIDE = Computer DVD Writer with EIDE/IDE connection
SCSI = Computer DVD Writer with SCSI connection
USB = Computer desktop DVD Writer with USB 2.0 or/and 1.1 connection
FireWire = Computer desktop DVD Writer with IEEE 1394/FireWire/i.Link connection (some standalone desktop dvd recorder supports this also but then it is usually to connect your DV camera to the recorder)
The first rating is based on a weighted rank (the true Bayesian), it requires at least 5 votes to get a weighted rating.
The second rating between the ( ) is a normal average rating.