Sony DRU-700A DVD Writer

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Sony DRU-700A


OEM:
Lite-On
Chipset:Mediatek
40xCDR CAV
24xCDRW ZCLV
8xDVD-R ZCLV
4xDVD-RW CLV
DVD-RDL
8xDVD+R ZCLV
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$200 7.8/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 Aone 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPND01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Apple 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Arita 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 AVB 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 B.O.S. 4xDVD+R (........001) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Bulkpaq 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Creation 4xDVD+R (POMSC001002) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Datasafe Media 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Datawrite Red 8xDVD-R (TYG02.......) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Esa 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 8xDVD+R (YUDEN000T02) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Generic/Unbranded 4xDVD+R (VDSPMSAB001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 GQ (Great Quality) 8xDVD+R (OPTODISCOR8) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Hyundai 4xDVD-R (SKC Co.,Ltd.) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Lead Data 4xDVD-R (LEADDATA01..) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 1xDVD-RW (MCC 00RW11N9) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Maxell 8xDVD-R (RITEKG05....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD-R (TYG01.......) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 8xDVD-R (CMC MAG. AE1) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2.4xDVD+R (RITEK...D01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Memorex 2xDVD-RW (RITEKW01....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (CMC MAG.E01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prodisc 4xDVD-R (ProdiscS03) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Prostore 4xDVD-R (MBI 01RG20) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
2 Ritek 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sager 2xDVD-R (OPTODISCK001) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Sentinel 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Sony 8xDVD-R (SONY08D1....) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 2xDVD-RW (TDK502sakuM3) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Tevion 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Vanguard 4xDVD-R (VANGUARD....) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 8xDVD-R (MCC 02RG20) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
3 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 2.4xDVD+R (MKM.....001) comments, 3 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim DigitalMovie 4xDVD-R (MCC 01RG20) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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Hi All

No problem at all with empty DL and +R, but it takes a looong time to read emprty -R DVDs.
Sometimes I have to eject and insert again the disc to "get it". Sometimes the recorded disc has errors.

After update to version 8....same problems still...
So +R wins....


Comments posted by subsonic from Greece, October 08, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





performance degraded after 6 to 9 months

+RW burns barely readable using sony discs on sony stand alone player.

I have bought a lot of sony stuff. At least 50% of it I have been very unhappy with.

There customer service has been non-existent for me. For example, more than one email regarding different problems with different components sent in different years have gotten no response.


Comments posted by Eric Eufusia from United States, July 18, 2005. Rated this writer 1 of 10.





In fairness I have had a lot of the previously mentioned problems regarding media and having to write at 4X to prevent it creating coasters, however since visiting the 2 below Sony sites for acceptable media - http://www.sonydigital-link.com/osd/media/700/english/700.html
& Sony firmware upgrade (VY08WIN-E.zip) at - http://www.sonydigital-link.com/osd/osd.asp?l=en
I have been able to write at 8X with every single verbatim disk I have thrown at it, +R, -R!!


Comments posted by CowHeed from United Kingdom, February 25, 2005. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





I cannot read or write Philips DVD+RW discs, even after upgrading my firmware to VY08. is anyone having the same problem?


Comments posted by Jos from Belgium, January 02, 2005. Rated this writer No rating.





Get this only if you do not mind buying top notch (expensive) media. Otherwise you are wasting your time. This burner does not like -R media either.

Tested with firmwares upto VY08 and even flashed to LiteOn 832S with not much improvement.


Comments posted by Oustaki from Australia, January 01, 2005. Rated this writer 4 of 10.





I've used my DRU-700A with no problems. My first DL burn went without a problem. Then to my horror, I found that the DL disk would not play in my Sony RDR GX7 recorder. This recorder has played everything I have used so far. It's a shame that Sony didn't test the compatibility of it's own products before their release on unsuspecting punters.

The dual layer disks produced on the DRU-700A seem to work on other players. I have asked Sony Support for help but they have not aswered yet. I have installed the latest firmware update (VY05E) but this just produced a beer mat.

Has anyone got any ideas ???

Gord


Comments posted by Gord from United Kingdom, August 27, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





This drive has been flawless. I've burned a number of DVD+R's (both DVD-ROM and DVD-video at 4x) and quite a few CDR's (at 40x) and every one has been perfect. The dual layer capability is also a huge plus (and the reason I waited to buy a DVD recorder until now). I haven't found a reason to complain about this drive yet. Here's hoping that I don't! I can certainly recommend this drive.


Comments posted by Brian D. Switzer from Canada, August 23, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





not sure whats wrong but first 5 dvd's were fine, now its been freezeing on me in the middle of the burn


Comments posted by rdr55 from United States, August 21, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Great Burner, burns everything I have thrown at it. All the media plays great on all of my DVD players and Xbox. Using modded firmware from: http://codeguys.rpc1.org/firmwares.html


Comments posted by Wizman from United States, August 20, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I also found that the dvd tray was loose when it was open. I've burned several movies on Sony dvd+r disks and they work fine. Also made a couple audio cd's without any problems.


Comments posted by Ray F from United States, August 10, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





i have this writer for about 3 weeks. put in the new firmware y05 and bunrned about 60 dvds (all diferent). it writes everything i put in x4 or x8.
xelent.!!!!


Comments posted by mike from Portugal, August 07, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





This is the best burner ive used yet. I haven't had a single problem with any of my copy's. I hope they come out with the dvd+r dl soon. That's why this burner gets a 9. For those people that have had a problem with this drive or say that it's bad just don't know what there doing or have a crappy cpu :)


Comments posted by mads from United States, August 07, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





DRU-700A with firmware vy02 can burn Ritek Dual Layer DVD+R 2.4x 8.55GB media by DVD Decrypter 3.2.3.0 on WinXP just using ISO read and then ISO write to backup a DVD movie.
The burned DL DVD can be played on my APEX AD-1500 and CyberHome CH-DVD300S DVD player with original quality.
Unfortunately, all of my old DVD burners and DVD drive can't read the burned DL DVD.


Comments posted by SG from United States, July 26, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I was planning on taking this back after a couple of days of using this burner, until I went to the Sony website. I was burning discs that wouldn't even be recognized by my set-top player (Shinsonic DVD-100a that will read pretty much anything you throw at it. I updated the firmware to vy05, and also read the information they have on the website about acceptable media. There are a few brands that they say are acceptable, and when using that media, I have yet to have the burner make a coaster (I had one coaster of Verbatim 8x, but there were dye problems on the disk--black dots).

Well, with acceptable media it has been perfect. I burned my first dual layer today (which I got in the Verbatim DL media Solution Kit) and was really excited when it played flawlessly on my set-top. I ripped an ISO with DVDDecrypter and burned it with Nero 6.3 (Sony edition that came with the burner). I also burned a Verbatim +RW with no problems.

I give it a 7 because I have about 50 Memorex 4x discs now that I don't want to burn because most of them will be coasters. Unfortunately I already sold my Optorite DD0201 that wouldn't burn much more than Memorex media.

I am burning a DVD with the burning plug-in for DVDDecrypter right now and it seems to be working well.

Check the Sony website for acceptable media--it will save you a lot of time and a lot of money.


Comments posted by J.D. Smith from United States, July 19, 2004. Rated this writer 7 of 10.





Returned my Sony DRU-700A. Failed to write Datawrite +R 2.4x single layer, hit and miss using +RW disks. Will keep my faithful old Sony DRU-500A which has no problems.


Comments posted by rgm from United Kingdom, July 15, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





I have recently upgraded my DVD burner to the DRU-700A and so far seems to be working fine, except that the tray appears quite flimsy (ie: has a fair degree of play or movement in the open position), compared to my previous burner (ie: Sony DRU-510 A). Has anyone else observed this or is it the particular unit that I am using and is it a fault? Any comments/feedback would be appreciated.


Comments posted by norsine from Australia, July 11, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Had problems with Memorex 4X-R and Compusa 8X+R, switched to Sony 4X+R and had no problems as of yet. I thouht it was my drive but now i'm leaning towards teh media.

Great burner though I must Say


Comments posted by rlb190 from United States, July 05, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





I had no problems with memorex media @ 4x. Worked fine even with my pioneer home cinema.
The drive came with firmware version vy03 and i upgraded it (to version vy05) prior to any recordings. Maybe it will work out for you guys. Get it at http://www.sonydigital-link.com/OSD/downloads/downloads.asp?l=en&sc=dvd#firmware



Comments posted by elXarro from Portugal, June 28, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





I,m Returning my DRU700a! PC detected it, but would not play dvd,s would not read or write to blank media! tried Datawrite + 2.4X, and 8X, in the end put my old ricoh back in! only writes 2.4X! but reliable!


Comments posted by Chillout from United Kingdom, June 27, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Memorex 4X ( RICOHJPNR01 media code) do not produce stable video when burned at 4X. They work OK at 2.4X however. This media worked fine for me at 4X on my Optorite DD0203 DVD Burner...


Comments posted by kmfritz from United States, June 23, 2004. Rated this writer No rating.





Had the unit for a week in a Windows 2k3 system.
Burned about 10 Single Layer DVD's, at 4x. No problems at all. Burned a few audio CD's as well, no problems.

Burned my first DL yesterday:
7.5gb of DATA. (Can't justify a $15 disk for video just yet, when I can shrink video down to a $.80 disk).

Took 40minutes to burn. You only have 1 speed options 2.5x. There is no option to go to 1x or 2x.

I have been able to read that burned disk in 5 different PC-DVD players. Later tonight, I will test it with a CAVS DVD-Karaoke player. (The disk is a backup of a 7.5 Super-CDG Karaoke disk)

The media looks just like any other DVD media. Purple in color, Verbatium logo the heck out of the top of the disk, but it is a functional top. Enough room to write description, with out "fitting" it in.

I will post a MEDIA review later tonight when I can grab it's media code.


Comments posted by Earl Bonovich from United States, June 17, 2004. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Works great now. Had also issues with on-the-fly burning of DVD's. I am using Intel Application Accelerator Drivers 2.3 now, no it works ok.


Comments posted by buffyfan from Netherlands, June 17, 2004. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Had this drive for a two weeks.Problems with some media.
Ritek G05 8x burn to 6x DVD reliability is Good
Princo 4x burn to 4 DVD reliability is Poor
Ritek G04 4x burn to 4 DVD reliability is Good
Nero 6.3.1.10 & Nero Recode Sony Version
I am not happy of this DRU 700A


Comments posted by Dr.Web from Italy, June 16, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.





Ritek R03 4.7Gb burned with no problems at 8x. Played in Yamakawa 218 Perfect, No problems found


Comments posted by amarines from Mexico, June 15, 2004. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Burning data from my harddrive is great. But I cannot copy the DVD I burned.ie copy DVD


Comments posted by Andy from United States, June 05, 2004. Rated this writer 6 of 10.




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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)


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