Sony DRU-700A DVD Writer

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Sony DRU-700A


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
40xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
4xDVD+RW CLV
2.4xDVD+RDL CLV
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$200 7.8/10
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1 Aone 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Apple 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 B.O.S. 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Creation 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Red 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Esa 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 1xDVD-RW (MCC 00RW11N9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prostore 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sager 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vanguard 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Reliable drive so far, VERY quiet. I have burned a dozen or so DVD- Fuji disks with excellent results. However, I too wonder about the reason the 4X discs will only burn at 2X with nero express. Any ideas about this would be welcome. Firmware upgrade? Other softwware packages? HOpe the gurus can help.


Comments posted by danioro from United States, May 24, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I received this burner a week ago and I finally got to test it out last night. I bought Fujifilm DVD+R 4.7GB 25 Pack, They are purple in color on the burnable side and silver on the other side. Made 2 DVD's through Nero Vision Express. Tried them out in 2 different DVD players and they worked Awesome! This is a great burner and I can't wait to try out the DVD+R DL. This was my first time ever burning DVD's and it was a great experience and I'm 2 for 2 right now, no discs wasted yet.


Comments posted by Keith from United States, May 24, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Bought this drive at Bestbuy on Tuesday. It seems to be a reliable dvd writer so far. I have tried Ritek's( dvd-r@2x) and TDK's(dvd+r@4x).The only problem that I have so far really isn't that big of a deal, its just that I miss the ability to burn my 4x @ 8x.I have not had the chance to try any 8x media yet. The only reason I gave this drive an 8 was because I haven't been able to find any dvd+r dl media yet. Drive is even more silent than my plextor 708.


Comments posted by Unclelukes from United States, May 23, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I got the drive today and am already planning on returning it, I burned some 'items' that would not play on my 'video game system' and I also have the DRU 510A and that is a CHAMP. I would recommend the 530A (the 510A upgrade) and stay away from this drive, especially since dual layer discs are SO NEW....like anything it takes practice to get it right.


Comments posted by jump_ace from United States, May 23, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





Burned my Verbatim 8x and Ritek 8x at 6x speed. Nero info tool and other utilities indicates it is only a 4x drive. I guess I might need a firmware upgrade or download patches? Disks play fine in my set top players. DL media, if you can find it, is about $5.50. I'll wait till it comes down in price. If any one reading this know how to fix the 4x glitch


Comments posted by hothandiman from United States, May 21, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Bought the drive no problems yet. Waiting for DVD+R DL media to come out. I was a bit disappointed that Sony did not provide one blanc DVD+R DL with the recorder. I have read that Lite-on did provide a blanc DVD+R DL disc with it's recorder.
Discovered something funny the NERO software. Nero Recode is not on the Sony Nero 6 version, however if you upgrade Nero Vision Express with the latest update from www.nero.com it's there.


Comments posted by Buffyfan from Netherlands, May 18, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.


Write support / Read support
DVD-R
= 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.


Connection
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)


Rating
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.


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