Plextor PX-504A DVD Writer

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Plextor PX-504A


OEM:
NEC
Chipset:NEC
16xCDR CLV
10xCDRW CLV
DVD-R
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DVD-RDL
4xDVD+R CLV
2.4xDVD+RW CLV
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$200 9.3/10
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DVD Media comments for this DVD Writer (click on the link to read the comments):
1 BestMedia Platinum 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 BestMedia Platinum 8xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR02) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 2.4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Fujifilm 4xDVD+RW (RICOHJPNW11) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Imation 4xDVD+R (MPOMEDIA040) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 Imation 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 2.4xDVD+RW (MCC.....A01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Maxell 8xDVD+R (RITEK...R03) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Memorex 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Nashua 2.4xDVD+R (DATATRAK001) comments, 0 good, 1 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Philips 8xDVD+R (MBIPG101R04) comments, 0 good, 0 mixed, 1 poor.
1 SmartBuy 2.4xDVD+RW (PRODISC.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (CMC MAG.F01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 TDK 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Traxdata 2.4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR00) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 2.4xDVD+RW (CMC MAG.W01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
1 Verbatim (DataLife) 4xDVD+R (RICOHJPNR01) comments, 1 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
2 Verbatim (DataLifePlus) 4xDVD+R (MCC.....002) comments, 2 good, 0 mixed, 0 poor.
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never screwed a disk since i have him (about a year)


Comments posted by DeBosjesman from Other, December 17, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Buyed this nice recorder a week ago. Found one little problem. I created full (4.3GB) dvd-disk to enclosed +rw disk. Problem is that playback freezes about in half of movie, first it starts dropping frames and freezing for a second or so, but it get's worse and finally stops playing. +R disks no problem so far. Also +RW disk works fine with InCD as read/write media.


Comments posted by tkp from Other, October 18, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





No problems and haven't had a problem with DVD writing. I am absolutely delighted.

There is one small minor problem. I have a Plextor 1610 CD-RW slaved with the 504A as primary. I can't write CD-RW disks on the 504A. If I remove the 1610, all functions work.

I bought Roxio 6.0 CD-DVD Writer and am satisfied, but Nero is better.


Comments posted by DJ from Other, October 04, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





I've been using the 504A for a month now, and have burned close to 40 disks, using SmartBuy RW, Verbatum R, and Fuji R media. It is a delightful drive; very quiet and competent. I only wish it burnt DVD- also. It's down to about $200 now wwith the Plextor rebate. If you're looking for a good + drive it lives up to the namesake's reputation.


Comments posted by bearpuf from Other, July 07, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





This drive simply out-preforms the Pioneer A05/105 hands down. I created an image file of a movie, Enemy At the Gate, using Pinnacle's InstantCopy, burned it on both Drives and the Plextor's copy was flawless. The Pioneer copy experienced Pixelation and Garbled Audio 80% into the movie. I even tried to to burn the same File to the Pioneer at 1x but it still couldn't perform as well as the Plextor did at 4x. Anyone who has been around PCs for a while knows that Plextor is the simply the best.

Giz


Comments posted by Gizmo from Other, June 28, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Got mine from Dell for $220 shipped and taxed. For a rebadged NEC it sure looks good in black. So far I've burned 5 discs in it, every one good.

I'm using Fuji media, cheapest I could find in the area. Only tested at 2.4X so far, I don't have any 4X media yet. I love this burner so far. I don't know if it's because it's running Plextor firmware or not, but it appears less flakey than an OEM NEC I tried recently.

Does the NEC support a powerrec ? It really seems to make a difference in readability as I have an Pioneer A106 DVD player than nero drive info claims can only read -R and it can read my +Rs, there are some skips from time to time but it actually works, kudos to Plextor.

The burner does have one oddity which I noticed with the NEC 1100A I borrowed, on my firewire enclosure it creates a phantom Hard Disk on the secondary. Nothing I tried gets rid of it. It's harmless but annoying. Also it interferes with simultaneous access to HDs on the same firewire bus. I'm rehousing it in a Pyro hopefully that'll make the problem go away.

I'm giving it a 9 instead of a 10 because no decent DVD Authoring software worth a damn (Roxio 5 is crap), Cheapo IDE Cable included instead of an nice 80 strander. But this is really nit picking at this price. Versus a regular NEC I'd say the reason I bought this model is because of the Plextor Firmware. Usually they support drives for years. In 6 months NEC will be putting this model on EOL and we'll be getting +/- drives no doubt. So I'm paying the extra $40-50 for plextors continuing support.

Oh an have I mentioned it LOOKS GREAT IN BLACK.

Software: ifoedit 0.95, besweet and nero 5.5.10.28

Hardware: Gigabyte 7VRXP+ (rev 1.0) - VIA KT333 - F12 bios
Athlon XP2400+ (Tbred2),
1GB PC2100 (generic CL3, 2 Sticks),
40G IBM (7200RPM) Deskstar (aka Deathstar) IDE boot,
18GB IBM LVD 10K RPM SCSI,
120GB WD1200JB 7200RPM in Firewire Enclosure,
Plextor 504 in Firewire Enclosure,
Pioneer A106 DVD-ROM Slot Drive
Nvidia 4200 128MB (Visiontek)
TI Based OHCI Firewire Card
Symbios Ultra160 SCSI Card
Canopus ADVC-100 DV Capture Box (this rocks)


Comments posted by yanfali from Other, May 09, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.







Comments posted by Richard from Other, May 08, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





Just and update, have burned phillips, verbatim, tdk, and memorex. All work fine so far, only one coaster and that was my fault :-)


Comments posted by SeJac from Other, April 30, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





It's a Plextor! is there anything else to say :-). Flawless installation, smooth and quiet operation. Burning either CD's or DVD's is a breeze. Works fine with Nero and DVDShrink. Everything I have burned has played. Glad Plextor came out with a DVD burner.


Comments posted by SeJac from Other, April 21, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.





Works great for burning. You need the latest version of nero inorder for nero to see it though(5.5.10.15) :(

Has a possible problem doing copy on the fly when copying a cd from the dvd burner to a cd burner. Hopefully this will be fixed in the the first firmware release.

Other then that it burns everything fine. And plays dvds fine.


Comments posted by Icefreez from Other, April 07, 2003. Rated this writer 9 of 10.





Works perfect on Win XP pro. Burned 20 DVD+R without problems.
I have used Platinum and Fuji DVD+R's. Just a perfect DVD Writer!


Comments posted by Gloat from Other, April 07, 2003. Rated this writer 8 of 10.





No problems whatsoever on win XP pro.
I have been testing it for over a week now and I have burned with Fuji, Maxell, Verbatim, Sentinel, Sony and Mmore media...
I'm very satisfied and have nothing negative to say.
Only for ripping you're better of using a dvd-rom player like the Sony DDU 1621 or Lite-On 163/165 or any other good DVD-rom player.
Ripping with the plextor takes 35 minutes... with my Sony DDu1621 it takes 10 minutes.
But most if not all DVD writers have the same problems ripping.


Comments posted by max from Other, March 17, 2003. Rated this writer 10 of 10.




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OEM
Original Equipment Manufacturer.


Chipset

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


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)


Rating
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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