Sony DW-D26A DVD Writer

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Sony DW-D26A

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$60 5.5/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 HP 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.D01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Legacy 4xDVD+R (MCC.....003) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Teon 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
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Thank goodness I saw a previous post here - I thought the issue was me. I also was making CD coasters when I used 52X CD-R media (memorex in this case) and burned at the max speed of 48X. There should defintely be a firmware fix or an explanation for this from Sony - but I guess that's just not in the cards. Totally bogus.

Anyway, now to see if I can *not* create CD coasters by burning at a slower speed.

Comments posted by douglasa2 from United States, October 21, 2007. Rated this writer 6 of 10.

using this dvd-rw for like 1 year works great but it suck that there is a limit of times you can change region, im on 0 now so it won't play my region #1 DVD no more that sucks big time sence y have my computer in my living room with home theater speakers, a big downer i'll have to buy another dvd-rom for my computer

Comments posted by kaver from United States, May 22, 2006. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I just got yesterday (July 11th, 2005) the DW-D26A and it works better than the DW-D22A I own a few months ago. The DW-D26A recognized some "DVD-R 8x" media that wasn't recognized by DW-D22A, so my experience was great with this drive.

The only reason that I don't give a 10 Rating on this drive is that some CD-R media won't work at 48x as advertised by Sony but 40x (mostly the media that is intented at 52x). So I need to choose two options, run the drive at "Turbo-Boost" mode to get the max speed, or get media that is intented to work at 48x, not 52x.

Hope I was wide clear with my post.

Good luck...!

Comments posted by Ragno Croft from United States, July 12, 2005. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

i have this d26a. wont recognise any rw/r media i put in it. ive tried even flashing it to a liteon 1673...still no good. plays movies and cd's ok but wont write. what a waste of money....

Comments posted by dave from United Kingdom, June 16, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

I just hit my 100 disc mark and only had one coster. I think it was a pebkac error anyway. Rebadged Lite-On SOHW-1673 or Sony DRU720A. I didnt like how the speed was reduced on video discs. Its also a pain to have to hold down the eject button to make it go full speed on cd's. I reflashed with the 1673 firmware and removed both speed limits. Seams to sit and think for a while after you put a disc in though. Couldnt ask for much more for 50 bux on newegg.

Comments posted by Sean from United States, May 30, 2005. Rated this writer 8 of 10.

I was going to buy DW-D22A because of good feedback and because of the brand name then I was offered DW-D26A and since it was a newer version I thought to take the bite and buy it. I wasted several DVDs and CDs and everytime I got communication failure error. I returned it to the store and they couldn't even get it working so I traded it with a LG GSA4163 and so far I haven't have any problems! I was under ipression that Sony brand would be a better choice but looks like I was mistaken.

Comments posted by Ali from Canada, April 16, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.

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= 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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