Sony DRX-710UL DVD Writer

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Sony DRX-710UL

USB2, Firewire, 2MB
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$200 8.3/10
3 votes
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Bulkpaq 4xDVD+R (MEDIA ID001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Dynex 16xDVD-R (RITEKF1.....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (ProdiscF01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 HP 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nexxtech 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Windata 8xDVD-R (UME01.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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7 comments, Showing 1 to 7 comments

I need help, desperately!! I bought this drive about 2 months ago. I have a sony 500A, which still works just fine, just wanted to upgrade to newer model for faster performance. This drive has been very touvhy since day one. I have had software lockups, called sony tech support, updated the firmware. Still a problem, have had multiple errors, wasted about 40 dvd-r's. Tech support says that it is a software issue. Can't really get anywhere with them. Somtimes it acts like it is writing to a disc, goes thru the whole process, then the disc is empty. When I can get it to write, the last couple scene selections of the movie, it starts freezing and skipping. I don't know what I am supposed to do with this thing. I am about ready to throw it is the trash. I am beginning to think that maybe I just got a lemon. I have been reading on booktypes, and patches for usb, but haven n't done any of that, except for the firmare patch. Mainly because I am afraid to do anymore, simply because I don't know what I am doing, and afraid to mess it up further. I have window xp, professional. The software that I have on my computer, is dvd decryptor, dvd shrink, dvd clone, x copy platinum, nero,(which came bundled with my writer) easy cd creator,instant copy, alcohol 120. I know that sounds like alot, but when one program doesn't want to back up my movies, or games, I go to alternatives, . The only program that I have added since my new writer, that I didn't have before is the nero, but it seems like such a good program, I don't know even where to begin, if it is a sofware problem, where the hell do I start. Is it just that this drive is very touchy(cause I have had absolutley no software issues with my other sony)Or do I have a lemon, somone please help me. I have always praised sony, and have recommended it to several friends, that were looking to buy a dvd writer.

Comments posted by smurfet from United States, April 27, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

I used this drive for 2month.It still work fine.But when i tried to start new firmware update byx3-it really not work on my computer.Prewious update by02 works well.Sorry for my English.

Comments posted by turganov from Russian Federation, March 30, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

Company has 2 of these burners. Updated firmware, both drive and USB and had verification problems, no matter what media DVD-R & DVD+R & CD-R or brand: Sony, Verbatim, Fuji, Memorex. Other burner did not update firmware and works fine. Book type can be controlled through Nero software for DVD+R discs on this burner. I set it to DVD-ROM.

Comments posted by newtoDVDburn from United States, March 18, 2005. Rated this writer 5 of 10.

I bought this external DVD writer last Dec2004 and find it very useful with my laptop. Made successful copies and all played on my Pioneer stand-alone dvd player. But found out later that it won't play on other dvd players or either will freeze during play - and that was very annoying.
I read that it has something to do with the book type settings. Could anyone tell or help me how to solve this problem. I could have rated this writer 10 but because it would not play or freeze, so better wait.

Comments posted by paaljela from Netherlands, March 03, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.

this works a treat after you do the firm wear upgrades and patch. my only problem , not with the driver, is l got a pack of Bulkpaq dvd+r's and not one will burn.

Comments posted by derek from United Kingdom, January 26, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

I always go with the Sony name, and for this particular product, I'm glad I did it again. You actually need little or no instruction to start using this. The right choice for me!

Comments posted by Nadine from United States, January 26, 2005. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

got mine yesterday. so far so good, burned a couple of vcds and copied one dvd. most of my dvd media is 4x and it burned in 4x. the cd media I have is 48x and it did not hesitate to use that speed. quiet and all cables were included. the housing looks great.

Comments posted by axxman from Norway, December 07, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

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

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)

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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