Memorex Dual-X DVD Writer
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2 Apple 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 CompUSA 1xDVD-R (PRINCO......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2xDVD-R (MXL RG01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Memorex 4xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AF1) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 1xDVD-RW (ProdiscDVDRW) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 2.4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.R01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Ritek 4xDVD-R (RITEKG04....) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sonic 4xDVD+R (LONGTEN.002) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sonix 4xDVD-R (AN32........) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 That's Write! 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
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I found a hacked firmware that will allow you to rip at over 12x, I maxed out at 12.2 it can be found at the following URL
I used it on my dive and it is wrking perfectly. Just remember when it says drive type mismatch would you like to forc flash? Answer YES!!
Comments posted by Tidy from United States, March 23, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
Burner works great with dvdshrink and nero 6. I use the compusa brand 2.4x dvd+r media, ya the cheap stuff all day long with no coasters. Use the firmware from this site: http://forum.rpc1.org/dl_firmware.php?download_id=1672
Comments posted by Oh My DVD from United States, February 28, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
Love this DVD Writer, I've burned over 200 dvd+r's and only made 1 coaster ( my fault, burned an image) I've used dvd+r and dvd r/w with no problems. I couldn't play my dvd+r on my new Panasonic tough book until I add the right decoder. But now I can travel and watch all my dvd's I want. I bought it at Staples for $79 after rebates back in December 03. Highly recommend this unit.
Comments posted by Jazbo from United States, February 23, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
No rating, but got an email from CompUSA about an unadvertised special on this drive:
Only $79.99 after two rebates.
Comments posted by Chris from United States, February 01, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
cjcEVW - Wrote-
"I just patched it using hacked fw to make it a "true" pioneer dvr-106d and the rip speed max out at 6x which is a lot better than 2x and it is now rpc1."
Where did you find the "hacked" firmware? I'm sure other would like to update their firmware.
Comments posted by Paul from United States, January 20, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.
Update: The Cheapo Generic DVD-R media I used didn't work right, but I've since switched to Ritek. So far, not a single coaster. Just bought a 100 Ritek's, these are a littel different than the last batch, they have the orange design. Sure hope they work!!
Comments posted by Paul from United States, January 20, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
This drive kicks butt. I have had zero problems with it and have not made one coaster. This drive is the #1 ranked DVD burner according to PC World, and I see why.
Comments posted by Mel Tinky from United States, January 20, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Memorex did a great job on this one. Our Family installed 3 different computers with 3 of these dual memeorex units. They work flawlessly on: 1.1 compaq athlon, 1.4 pent4 HP, and 2800 HP Athlon. Each machine has burned approx 24 DVD's since installation on Christmas. We chose to leave the original CD burner in the second drive, (since the Memorex burns slow on Cd's). That allows us to dub from one to the other drive. Works real fast. I think it is the best value in the market place. We purchased at Best Buy, they matched price at Fry's for 139.00 and got a 20.00 rebate. Good luck with yours.
Comments posted by J.VEGAS1 from Other, January 08, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Purchased from BestBuy over a month ago. Burned DVD+R with no issues plays on everything except an IBM Laptop. Burned about 16 Disks, not a single coaster. Love this drive.
Comments posted by BigJimSlade99 from Other, January 08, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.
works fine on dvd-rs ive tried but coasters all dvd+r,w i tried. even the memorex dvd+r it came with. its kinda pissing me off. i cant find a firmware upgrade. if you know where i can find one please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
Comments posted by cove from Other, January 06, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.
Purchased from Best Buy $129 after rebate. Smokin PnP with Xcopy gold burned -R and +R, -R worked on all pc's I tested even personal dvd player. +R only worked on the pc with the dvd writer :(. Nice writer quiet and affordable for 4X speed.
Comments posted by boolair from Other, December 31, 2003. Rated this writer 7 of 10.
No coasters so far (have burnt 7 dvd-rs(6 compusa and 1 ritek go4))
I just patched it using hacked fw to make it a "true" pioneer dvr-106d and the rip speed max out at 6x which is a lot better than 2x and it is now rpc1.
No problems, good price for a quality OEM pioneer a06 ($139 compared to $169 for a pioneer a06 at fry's), and reliable.
Great drive, 10/10
Comments posted by cjcEVW from Other, December 21, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
This drive rocks!!!! I used to have the TDK 440n (Bad move by the way) but I took it back because it wouldn't burn any DVD-R media. I plugged in the Memorex dual X, and had it burning DVD's (all formats) in 10 minutes. I have burned with Leda and Ritek media so far with out a glich. The price was right also. I got it for 149.99 at Staples that was with the $20 instant rebate. I believe this drive hangs right up there with the big dogs.
Comments posted by Right0n72 from Other, December 13, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
This drive is fast, silent, and reliable. I searched for a while before buying and found this to be the highest rated drive on almost all sites. I am very happy with it so far. NO COASTERS!! I opened the box, plugged it in, and literally within 20 minutes of opening the box I was burning my first disk.
Comments posted by Tidy from Other, December 04, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
got my 32023235 installed last week....works flawlessly with DVDXCOPY PLATINUM...great colour combinatio of course i spent two hours on the phone to 321 stuios tech line...but that was software problems...paid$169.95 at BEST BUY in the NYC area...also a $20.00 rebate!!!!!
Comments posted by CODEWEKX from Other, November 16, 2003. Rated this writer No rating.
Wow!!! This drive is Plug-N-Play drive. Fast - Quiet & Great quality pictures.I bought this drive 1 week ago. So far so good!!!
Comments posted by only1tu from Other, October 05, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Great Price $169.00 after rebate for a 4X Multi Format Drive. Installed Easy. Roxio software installed without a hitch. I made my first ever DVD+R of home movies from my Sony Digital8 camera tonight. Everything went well. I used FUJIFILM DVD+R Media. Only 2.4X (They were stocked near the 4X and I got them by mistake.)
The Memorex is also very quiet. Much quieter than the Phillips CR-RW it replaced.
Comments posted by Bobasaurus from Other, October 02, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Great drive I bought mine a month ago and haven't had any problems.No coasters even burning cheap CompUsa 1x media all my back-ups have played in my standalone.Nice software bundle Ez 6 is ok but I'm now using Nero 184.108.40.206 This version recognizes the Duel X-1 and allows for faster burning than Ez 6.
I'd recommend it to anyone .. Price has dropped about 60$ since I bought mine.
Comments posted by DarkFoss from Other, September 20, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Great Machine!! No bad burns ( except one, which was my fault )
Pro : Works great with Nero ( good Xbox movie Burns ) Nice Software. Also works nice with DVDencrypt.
Cons : Really not any at all.
Price : 229 at staples - 30 rebate = 199. That was worth it.
The dual-x works wonders. This is my 1st drive and I've been able to back up numerous discs withought hitch. I recommend!!
Comments posted by East from Other, September 08, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
Pro's: Quiet (very quiet), Troublefree, relatively fast, Great software bundle (Roxio), nice design. Clear instructions. Includes 1 4x DVD+R and 1 2.4 DVD+RW, 1 ribbon, package of screws.
Con's: Price(USD$239. at bestbuy), +RW speed is only 2.4 (still not bad), CD-R is only 16x, Unit is a little smaller than the opening of my enermax case (the sides have a small gap on either side).
Summary: No problem creating a slideshow with the included software, works on my Sony DAVS300. This was a compromise between a Sony with 4x +RW ($70 more) and a OEM NEC ($70 less). I'm totally happy with the choice I made (especially since I haven't found any 4x DVD+RW disks). And while I haven't had any problems it's nice to know that I will get support through if needed.
Comments posted by Steve from Other, September 03, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
I mounted this drive in a Pyro firewire case. When mounted in the external firewire case it lost the ability to burn RW media. It will only burn R's. If you don't mind that, it works great. If want to burn RW you must mount it internal.
Comments posted by Roger from Other, September 02, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.
I just got this drive a few days ago for $249.98 (after rebate). It's black and and silver bezel look good with my black computer case. It's worked flawlessly so far.
Comments posted by egkenny from Other, August 19, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.
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Original Equipment Manufacturer.
The manufacturer of the main chipset the DVD writer/recorder is based on.
Write support / Read support
DVD-R = Works
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.