Samsung TS-H552U DVD Writer

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Samsung TS-H552U

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$50 6.1/10
19 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Esperanza 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 i-b@se 4xDVD+RW (MBIPG101W04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (ProdiscS04) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Laser 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Master G 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Mitsai 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Network 4xDVD-R (MCI4XG01....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD-R (FUJIFILM03..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (INFOME..R20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Princo 2xDVD-RW (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Princo 4xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prostore 4xDVD+R (MBIPG101R03) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiVision 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Samsung (Pleomax) 8xDVD-R (OPTODISCR008) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (TDK.....002) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teac 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Team5 Pro Series 4xDVD-R (Dvsn A001...) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Viking 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Well mine has now been promoted to door stop, cant find any other use for it, it's certainly no good as a DVD writer!! If you have one of these drives and having problems with DVD's skiping in standalone players then bin it! no amout of firmware updating or tweaking is going to solve your problem, I spent months tearing my hair out trying to find a media that would work properly without much success, then only DVD -R I found that came close was the Datawrite Titanium VX2 but the printable version didn't work at all well. Bought a LG GSA-H42L for £23 and instantly all my problems were solved, no coaster, reliable playback and burning. So Samsung you really have a dog here, I must thank you for the endless headaches and problems and money its cost me having to send out duplicate copies, for such a big company with usually good reputation you need to get your burners right before putting them on the market and bodging them with firmware updates to try and make them work..

Comments posted by KevD from United Kingdom, June 09, 2007. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I have burned 100's of DVDs with this burner and have had very little problems with it. I liked the first one so much, I bought another one to read with.
The discs I have used include Sony,Memorex and Maxell, So far, not a whole lot of problems.
I noticed that everyone has been updating firmware for this unit. I updated to firmware US03 and that is where it stays.
Burns + and - discs with no problems. Could be firmware is no good for those machines that have updated firmware past US03.
Using Compaq Presario computer.
Also, when burning , burn at 2x for - discs and 2.4 for + discs.Be patient and you will get good results....

Comments posted by Bill from Canada, February 12, 2007. Rated this writer No rating.

It's a PURE crap! Unbelievable! Been burning genuine TYG02's and TYG03's. Out of the 10 burns, 7 came out bad (1 failed while burning, 2 failed verification after burning, and 4 got 0% - 23% quality rating when checked via DVDInfoPro and Nero CD-DVD Speed). Just for variation, tried TDK 16x-R's as well as Verbatim 16x DVD-R's. Now, I tried the top 3 media out there, Taiyo Yudens, TDKs and Verbatims. NONE works in the junk! Called Gateway to get a replacement, but they're sending me the same model, so heck no, am going to spend a little and get me an NEC!!!

Comments posted by Trip from United States, September 17, 2006. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I have been making backups to single layer disks for a couple of year with this burner with some good sucsess. I tried a dual layer from Memorex and it will not play in my stand alone players. I'm looking for a disk that works.

Comments posted by Tony from United States, August 03, 2006. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I had also purchased this drive at Micro Center Mall in Cincinnati, Ohio for $39.99 and found no problems with it after about 50 burns. But so far the only type of media I have been able to use is really cheap type of media, 8X nexxtech DVD-R media will burn at 6X with no problems on playback, however if you try to burn at 8X then it does seem to have problems playing toward the end of the movie or disc, which I believe is not a problem with the burner but with the media itself, not being able to handle a 8X burn towards the outer rim of the disc. I also use Staples 8X DVD+R disc's and the same results, best to burn them at 6X speed. As for CD's it burns extremely well.

Comments posted by Virgil2U from United States, December 10, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I bought this drive at Micro Center (actually 2 of them) for $39.99. I have had no problems whatsoever. It did not come with the most current firmware, so I had to upgrade it,(US06) no big deal. I have tried all types of media, single and dual layer and I have been impressed (verbatim, memorex, hp phillips and others). It writes at the correct speeds claimed on the disk and in some cases faster. For the price you can't beat it. Works great with Nero, Prassi Ones, Sonic Recordnow(old and new), DVDdecrypter. ONE ISSUE I HAD WITH THIS doesn't like to be put in an external case at all. The drive will barely function and may lock up if installed in an external enclosure. Otherwise this drive kicks ass.

Comments posted by hello from United States, November 22, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I've bought this writer three months ago, and till now I'm having a hard time to make a media work with it.
But my problems are only when recording video, and playing them on standalone players.
I've tried several midia types and the only that really worked, without any jumps or freezes during playback was the Ridata DVD+R 8x manufactered by Ritek.
All others, were either not recognized by the players or jumping and freezing.
For data it works fine, and I don't have any issues about that yet.
But considering that my main objective when I bought it was burning video, I'm really dissapointed with it.

Comments posted by Neudson Aquino from Brazil, November 16, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

Great burns @ 4X with Fujifilm DVD+R's. I wasted many discs trying speeds and DVD brands that work with this economical unit. The notion of 16X seems cool, however, if burn reliability is reduced at high speeds, then suffer the waiting time for slow (4X) burn reliability. Using latest firmware which I installed.

Comments posted by Bruce from United States, November 06, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Bought at MicroCenter for 39.95 - Put in old P3-750 - win2k OS. So far, works great at 16x DVD-R - Use Nero, Tsunami and DVDshrink. Have not tried DL or + formats - happy for the price :-)

Comments posted by Louis from United States, October 31, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I have two of these, in two different machine. I'm having problems burning with both of them.

This is the first time i ever had any trouble getting a cd or dvd to work.

Comments posted by Pat from Canada, September 26, 2005. Rated this writer 2 of 10.

I bought this drive a while ago, it came with the latest firmware installed US06
I have tested it with just about every brand of blank media out there, I have wasted an absolute fortune on trying to get backups to work on a standalone player, any player in fact.
To say this drive is a complete peice of crap would be the biggest understatement since someone said 'That hitler bloke, Bit of a bad man isn't he? '
This drive SUCKS BIG TIME, save your money and get a Plextor, an NEC or liteOn, If you buy one of these at least you've got more of a chance of getting them to work with some media.
Samsumg, You need to sort yourselves out and fast otherwise you're not going to be selling hardware for much longer.
I for one, will not be touching anything else manufactured by Samsung... Once bitten twice shy and all that.

Comments posted by C. Wilding from United Kingdom, September 17, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I just got my burner the other day. So far I'm not to happy with it. Like others I thought I was getting a good deal. I updated the firmware (US06) and I am using DVD Decrypter, with Prodisc 8X DVD-R. 50% of the writes have failed. If anyone has found a way to fix this, please let me know. If not I guess I'm off to read the forums for a quality replacement.

I just replaced my Sony DRU500A with this one!

Comments posted by from United States, September 16, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

Only reason I'm not giving it a higher grade is I haven't had it that long and I haven't done THAT much burning with it. But so far, so good, burns nice and fast with Nero I don't have any complaints.

Comments posted by Lee from United States, August 25, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I purchased the drive for $49 at MicroCenter thinking that it was a bargain. It quickly became a nightmare.

I installed the drive in my external USB/Firewire chassis and tried to burn several DVDs. Each time, the burner would crap out after about 2 minutes with an "invalid block error."

I tried HP 8X media, and my generic but very dependable 4X media and I still got the same results.

The fix:
Check your firmware and upgrade it to the latest release!
My drive shipped with v 03 firmware. I upgraded it to v 06.

Use and/or upgrade to the version of NERO bundled with Drive.

After 3 hours of pulling my hair out. This seemed to do the trick. All previous failed media worked just fine.

I even tried it on my powerbook and it burned a DVD+R disc using native software. TOAST was not required.

I don't have any DVD+DL disk handy however, I plan to test them next.

Comments posted by Monty from United States, July 16, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

OMG is this a horrible dirve!!!!!
First off, I do not downrate it for not being able to overspeed. TYG01 (Taiyo Yuden 4x DVD-R) will only burn at rated 4x speed. NEC, BenQ, Pioneer, can all burn this media at 8x with stock firmware, 12-16x with hacked firmware. It would be nice, but I don't fault the drive for that. This isn't what lowered the overall score.

What I do have an issue with..... Verbatim 16x (DVD+/-) media does burn at 16x, but with down right bad burn quality. Skips, stutters in standalone player, and finally freezes. Same problem with Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+/-R media. CDSpeed results show many periods of slow down, namely where the speed switch occurs around 20% into the disc. KProbe confirms this with huge error spikes at the same point. Same problem when burning this media at 8x, though it isn't as profound.

This is also an issue with Verbatim 8x DVD-R, and Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD-R. The DVD+R counter parts are a little better, but I expected better results from both types of media.

Burning those 16x/8x media at 4x, provides near perfect results . This is just unacceptable when compared to the quality that my NEC 2500, 3500, and BenQ 1620 put forth on the same media at 16x/12x burn speeds.

Also there is no bitsetting for +R media unless you update to the newest firmware, AND use the newest version of Nero.

My advice, do not spend the $50 on this drive, add $10 more to it and get an NEC, BenQ, or Pioneer. One of the worst purchases I've ever made.

Comments posted by disturbed1 from United States, July 10, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.

Good news :
Firmware US06 is supporting DVD-ROM bitsetting under Nero & Pinnacle application (user needs to upgrade to the latest version of Nero/Pinnacle).

Comments posted by Greg from France, June 15, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

a snap to install. burn memorex dvd+r dl @ 4x. disc rated @2.4. with decrypter.regular dvd media @ their given rates. only bad thing it doesn't support bookmark changing so make sure your dvd player supports dvd+rw media.dl media very expensive now, but prices are to drop this fall.

Comments posted by jgyeager from United States, May 09, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

i just bout my Samsung TS-H552U and i'm not so happy
Samsung TS-H552U did not recognize my discs speed well
it recognize only 2x.
so i bout new discs (teak)and only after udating my firmware to us05 then it recognizes it to 4x.
somtime i cont take out my disc from the drive it stack...
my friend ave LG drive-dvd it is mach better.

Comments posted by ilan from Israel, March 20, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Incompatible with the following medias:
* Samsung Pleomax 8X DVD-R (does not work!)
* Hyundai 8X DVD-R (only 3.7 Go seen)

Works fine with:
* Datawrite 8X DVD-R
* Ridisc 4X DVD-R

Comments posted by Jocelyn from France, March 17, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.

Works fine, as expected with up to 8X DVD±R and DVD±RW (2 x for -RW, 2.4 x +RW): don't have faster disks yet. Recognises a DVD+RDL (Verbatim) but I haven't actually burnt it, yet.

Negative point: it is hell to get it working with DMA on Win XP. Even with the 'DMA if available' setting enabled, it stubbornly remained on PIO. I succeeded by replacing it with a CD-ROM drive, set that to DMA-enabled and then putting the Samsung back. I have seen occasional similar problems mentioned in the forums.

Comments posted by Devil from Cyprus, February 27, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

Este Gravador de DVD's e execelente pois custa apenas 69 euros e nunca me deu problemas

Comments posted by hypnotic from Portugal, November 25, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

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Write support / Read support
= Works
DVD-R = Is not supported
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)

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