Mad Dog Dominator MD-8XDVDRW-PM DVD Writer

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Mad Dog Dominator MD-8XDVDRW-PM

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$150 9.7/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+RW (MKM.....A02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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This is the best one in 8X +/- DVD burner I would say. Got it from OfficeMax, after instant/mail-in rebate and the $10 postcard in-store coupon, it only cost me $20 plus tax and one stamp (37 cents).
You will need to flash its firmware ( to make it perfect for burning. I can burn it at full 8X by using Maxell DVD+R 4X media, zero defect :) Since it's NEC nd-2500a, you can do the bit-setting through DVDInfoPro after firmware flashing. It makes all my DVD+Rs look like DVD-ROM on all dvd players. I strongly recommend this piece of art :)

Comments posted by Martin from United States, September 16, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Just got from Officemax for only fifty bucks with rebates. It works great with Memorex DVD+R's. I played it in my PS2 and it only took two seconds to read, unlike some of the other DVD's I watch.

Comments posted by Kinza from United States, August 11, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Just got mine from Office Max, had a $40.00 instant and a $40.00 mail in rebate for a total cost of $50.00. This is the most inexpensive unit I have found, cheaper than most 4X max DVD writers. Easy to install and east to use.

Comments posted by DZP from United States, July 25, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Compusa with the $30 rebate, net $89 with tax.

Ran herries 1.07 flash update.

Burnt Verbatim 2.4x and 4x that played perfectly
Burnt TDK 2.4x at 4x played perfectly
Burnt Memorex 4x at 8x played perfectly
Spent an enjoyable (wasted) Sunday playing with this drive
No complaints, works a &*$#( load better than the $349.95
Sony 500 ax piece of &$*#&$( I bought last year.

Rated 9 because it only came in black.

Comments posted by dogcat from United States, June 08, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

I too just got one from CompUSA for $109.99 minus a $30
rebate. Mine also shows up as the NEC ND-2500A

I've burned 3 DVD's using Verbatim DVD+R 8X media.
Each burned without a problem in about 9 1/2 minutes.

Comments posted by Stephen from United States, April 05, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

This burner truely rocks. It is a NEC 2500A which got 9.1 ratings from 97 users. I tested with TDK, Memorex, and Khypermedia and they all burned flawlessly. I tried watching them from my dvd player and they played perfectly without any lag.

Comments posted by jhch49 from United States, April 04, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.

Just picked one up from CompUSA today. $129-$20 instant savings - $30 mail in rebate = $79 (plus I had a $50 gift card so $30 is good for me).

Mine too is an NEC ND-2500A. The label on the drive says NEC with the model number clearly stamped on it. The front is black but the words Mad Dog are not on it as the picture implies.

I too have a Sony 500 that doesn't like my BeAll media but it did like the super cheap SKY and Princo media I had before. Going to give this drive a go and likely add the sony to my media PC.

Comments posted by EZMD from United States, April 04, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.

Just got this from Microcenter for 129 plus there is a $40 rebate to send in. The drive comes up a NEC ND-2500A. I got it because I was have so many problems with my Sony DRU500A. The Sony work ok, but was picky on the media type and then got worse over time.
Back to the Dominator Used 3 different types of media that I have so far and all worked great and burned at 4x, the sony rarly did that. The brands i burned were;

TDK 4xDVD-R from Microcenter
Digital Matrix 4xDVD-R from
Bencole Platinum Series 4x 4.7GB DVD-R from Microcenter

Very Happy so far

Comments posted by Jayzig from United States, April 04, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.

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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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