Sony DRU-720A DVD Writer

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Sony DRU-720A


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
48xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
16xDVD+R CAV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
4xDVD+RDL CLV
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$100 7.0/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Legacy 8xDVD-R (GSC003......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 16xDVD+R (CMC MAG.M01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (MXL RG03....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 2 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Playo 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 SilverLine 8xDVD-R (INFOMEDIAR20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD+R (SONY....D11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD-R (TTG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 UL-Tran Media 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim 16xDVD-R (MCC 03RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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had it for about a year
got 'power error' or the kind of message on early months
as i upgraded my memory (256+128 to 512+256), it's 'power error' no more
upgraded the firmware to JY07 - and it's the best condition i'd have
lately the JY08 comes which make it slower - yup that is
never succeed on overburning, tried BenQ DVD-R,Sony DVD-R with 'unknown error' on Nero
no 'unknown error' on BenQ DVD+R, but resulting some unreadable Mbytes (on the end of the disc - data, video, or even wma)
with nero disc info, it says can handle DVD-R DL alright (didn't know since which firmware) but i haven't tried any Double Layered Discs
succesfully burnt on DVD-R : Sony, BenQ, Verbatim
DVD+R : Verbatim, BenQ
DVD-RW: TDK, Verbatim,BenQ


Comments posted by Yooke from Indonesia, July 13, 2006. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Recognized all my disks until I put in a new Philips Dvd+r which surprised me because I used the same brand and Dvdr before but didn't have any problems. I dug deep into the spindle and found some disks to work. I don't know if this is a hardware problem or if the disks are to blame, but I think like 20 of those disks I ordered are defective or not recognized.


Comments posted by Candyman from United States, February 09, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Memorex DVD+R 16x, Fry's Electronix, $19.99 for 50. After I downloaded firmware JY03 all burned DVDs work perfect on my player Philips DVP642. Used DVDShrink 3.2 and NERO 6. Burning speed 16x! 0 coasters! Created about 10 data DVDs with lots of DivX movies. Three of them with no sound.
I don't know why. On my computer they played with sound.
All other DivX movies burned on data DVDs played on my Philips DVP642 with very good quality.
TDK DVD-R 8x, Costco, $21, lots of coasters, Very Bad. Fujitsu +R, 1x, bought it long ago. My player was frozen.


Comments posted by alsher from United States, May 26, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





I used this dvd writer as external one, putting it in one of those USB 2.0 external casings. So it became a portable external DVD writer saving me lot of money. In India the writer and the external casing together cost me $100. I tried 5 HP DVD R+ media to back-up DVD movies with Blaze DvD copy software and it works great. I have never used Nero for DVDs. No problems so far. Writing is smooth. It also works great for Moser Baer media too. I have not tried with Double layer as they are not available in India yet.
Dr. Hemant Datye


Comments posted by Hemant Datye from India, May 15, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





worked ok for the 100+ dvd's i've burnt,,,I have been using MEMOREX 8X DVD+R


Comments posted by AgentX from United States, April 28, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I have had this burner for two weeks. I had the same problem as Mike and Erik burning to the Verbatim+R DL discs which Sony recommends with this player. The freeze occurs when it reaches the second layer. I was playing them on a Sony SLV350P Player. Here is what I have found out since:

I took the discs to Best Buy and tried them on several players including a Samsung V4800 and a Samsung V4600. The Verbatim discs played perfectly on these players. I assumed my Sony player just wouldn't read the second layer and ordered the V4800.

Yesterday, I received some Imation+R DL discs and reburned one of the files that I had burned on the Verbatim Discs and played them on my Sony Player. Even though Sony Support bad-mouthed the Imation discs when I called them for help, the Imation discs burned great and when I put them in my Sony player, the discs played beautifully. I burned a new file on the Imation discs and it played through as well with the same positive results.

I believe the problem is not in the burner, but in the player compatibility. Remember, NOT ALL DISC ARE ALIKE!

I haven't tried the Imation discs on the Samsung yet, but if it plays them as well, my relationship with Sony players may become short-lived.


Comments posted by Richard from United States, April 02, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Philips DVD-r 8x 4,7 GB mediacode fujifilm03 does not work
ARITA DVD-r 1x 4,7 GB mediacode RITEKG03 does not work
ARITA DVD-r 4x 4,7 GB mediacode RITEKG04 does not work
Princo DVD-r 4x 4,7 GB mediacode PRINCO does not work
Platinum DVD+r 8x 4,7 GB mediacode RICOHHPJN R02 does work


Comments posted by Rob from Netherlands, March 28, 2005. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





I got this drive 4 days ago. Not impressed much. Good speed. However, i am having the same problem like ERIK. All burned movies after 30-45 min freezing. I have used NEC 2520 before ( Burned over 300 movies)and it was good. I am using Clondvd and recordnow to burn. Reading the reviews and forums, I gather, BENQ 1620 out performs all others including this sony 720 (made by Liteon)


Comments posted by Mike from Canada, March 26, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





I've got the dual burner from Sony, because I'm trying to fit a lot of home movies on the disc. Well, everything seemed to be going ok, but while watching the dvd at a little over the halfway mark, the video just freezes. I can go back to the menu and select other chapters, but it won't play beyond the point that it freezes.
Could this be the Fuji media I was using? There's not a lot to choose from out there as far as Dual layered media goes (al least there's not in retail stores). Does anyone else have this drive, and can reccomend some media for me to try?

Thanks in advance


Comments posted by Erik from United States, March 03, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.





Just purchased this from Best Buy ($129). I am brand new to the DVD backup world. So far this has worked without problems. Used DVDecryptor & nero recode 2, Memorex DVD-R & DVD+R. 4 backups - 0 coasters.


Comments posted by Harminator from United States, March 02, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.




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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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