Sony DRU-810A DVD Writer

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Sony DRU-810A


OEM:
Philips-BenQ
Chipset:Philips
48xCDR CAV
32xCDRW PCAV
16xDVD-R CAV
6xDVD-RW CLV
4xDVD-RDL CLV
16xDVD+R CAV
8xDVD+RW ZCLV
8xDVD+RDL PCAV
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EIDE, 2MB
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$100 9.2/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Discovery Media 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Dynex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 16xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Moser Baer Pro 16xDVD-R (MBI 01RG40..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Packard Bell 4xDVD-R (VDSPMSAB 01.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPND00) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 RiData 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Ritek 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Sony 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 2 poor.
1 Tesco 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
4 Verbatim 16xDVD+R (MCC.....004) comments, 4 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Over all I have been very pleased with my Burner. I bought the early Sony DVD drive and was impressed enough to stik with Sony. However I get some strange behavior at times, when it's unable to read dual layer disks. I bought (ouch) Maxtor DL media and about 1 out of 4 seem bad, but the writer just goes into a hung mode while trying to read a bad one. I saw an updated firmware on Sonys website, and tried to apply it, but an error claiming the drive can't be updated is all I get. When it works, It's great. One last piece of info I would ad is that when setting the software for burning, be sure to force it to 2.4x speed, or it won't work.


Comments posted by Supergeniusdan from United States, August 30, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Best burner I ever had (no coasters so far).knock on wood .hehe


Comments posted by MR_VADER from United States, June 01, 2006. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





$80 Circuit City, March 2006
made three coasters with Memorex 2.4x DVD Dual Layer. Failed at 50%

Bought verbatim 2.4 DL DVDs after reading many negative comments on the Memorex.

Rip/Burn Technique:
1) DVD Decrpyter File mode, entire DVD.
2) DVD Shrink - Re-author mode: add and edit scenes from various DVD rips. Clikc BACKUP.
3) ImgTool Classic coupled with DVD Decrypter to Burn the disc.

note: i am not certain if the failures i had with the Memorex DVDs was due to the media or that fact that befre i used the Verbatims DVDs, i unchecked the setting in DVD Shrink to remove the layer break.

When burning, the Memorex DL Media took about 30 minutes to get to the failure spot which was always at 50% mark (layer break issues)

The Verbatim DVD media successfulyl burned the entire DL DVD in about 25 minutes. topped off at 8x speeds (but i dont understand why becasue the media and the burners are rated slower. (I'll call it good karma)

I rate it an 8 (always have to leave room for something better that may come along

This is a good burner and would recommend it to others.


Comments posted by udar from United States, March 13, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





The best burner ever

here is a upgrade

http://sony.storagesupport.com/dvdrw/downloads/810AFW10D/810A_1.0d.zip


Comments posted by mike from Portugal, November 30, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I have the same Burner I love "loved" it untill yesterday because now everthing I burn wont play in a couple of our DVD Players if there's somebody that can help Let me know
THANKS>>>>


** INFO : Hex Dump Of 'Media Code'-Block Listed Below
** INFO : 4-Byte Header Preceding 'Media Code'-Block Discarded
** INFO : Format 11h (Method 1) - ADIP Information
** WARNING : 'Media Code'-Block Is Only Partially Retrieved
0000 : a1 0f 02 00 00 03 00 00 00 26 05 3f 00 00 00 00 .........&.?....
0010 : 00 00 07 43 4d 43 20 4d 41 47 00 4d 30 31 00 38 ...CMC MAG.M01.8
0020 : 23 54 37 18 00 3e 6e 00 70 62 15 15 0b 0b 08 08 #T7..>n.pb......
0030 : 01 19 1b 0b 0b 0e 0f 01 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 ................
0040 : 01 00 38 38 00 1d 62 35 07 30 22 10 08 20 1c 01 ..88..b5.0".. ..
0050 : 00 00 00 1d 62 35 07 30 22 10 08 20 1c 01 00 00 ....b5.0".. ....
0060 : 02 00 54 70 02 38 5f 56 ..Tp.8_V



Comments posted by Jimmy from United States, November 17, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Bought tow of these at Best Buy online for $50 each with rebates. Could not turn that price down. Installed one and burn a few dvd's with 4x media. So far so good.


Comments posted by mgaleone from United States, November 11, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Great writer. With +R media, it has a tendency to jump in the amount of jitter at the end if you scan them, but I've never noticed anything in the DVD players.

Haven't had a single coaster yet with "made in Japan" +-R media (look on the label, most are made in Taiwan but you can find made in Japan media mixed in with it).

Unfortunately, it was only after I bought this drive that I found out from this forum that the DRU-810a is actually a rebadged BenQ 1640. Don't make the same mistake I did. If you're consider buying this model, look for the BenQ 1640 online. It's about half as expensive and has the exact same read/write capabilities.


Comments posted by Skip from United States, November 08, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Great Drive. I had an older Optorite, and it was so pickey about media. The Sony will burn on all the odd discs I had bought over the past few years.


Comments posted by CBET from United States, October 15, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I had this baby almost a week anda burns every thing i put there. great burner the best SONY ever made.
http://www.cdrlabs.com/reviews/index.php?reviewid=273&page=Conclusion
the only negative thing is.... don't have overspeed like his brother benq 1640


Comments posted by mike from Portugal, October 07, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





bought this writer today at walmart for 90.00 first dvd i burned on a verbatim dvd-r disc and burned it perfect even thogh same disc didnt want to burn on a samsung ts-h552b.
ill see how it works out with other media later on.


Comments posted by XPOETAX from United States, October 03, 2005. 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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