What’s the exact difference between these drives…?? And which is better one??
1693s is better
- Better preformence of read (1673s@KS04 mostly cant ready at 16x =/, 1693s can) look at http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=138519 )
- Support Double Layer DVD+ / -R9 Recording Function <DVD-R94x 5400KB/sec maximum by CLV> (u can have this whit 1673s@KS04)
- newer :S
get the 1693s. it’s newer and i think better than the 1673s.
there were reported some problems with higher readspeed with 1673s@1693s.
with the newest drive you can’t do anything wrong. and as they have the same price (at least here in germany) you should get the newer.
Is LiteOn SOHW-1693s has more features (I mean writing speeds) than NEC ND-3520A?? Forget about the performance…!!
the writing speeds are the same.
Is NEC ND-3540A is available in the USA…??
here you can get the 3520a: http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.asp?Submit=GO&Range=1&bop=and&description=nec+nd&srchInDesc=3520
don’t know bout the 3540a as i live in germany.
I can’t believe no one has pointed out a key difference between the 1673 and the 1693…
The 1693 can write to both +DL and -DL disc’s, the 1673 can only write to the +DL disc.
Correct me if I’m wrong, but I thought the original firmware that came with the 1673 doesn’t burn to -DL disc, unless you upgrade the firmware.
I think it was pointed out already earlier…
1673S does not support -R DL. But a 1673S can be converted (or “upgraded” as you say) to a 1693S if for some reason you want to burn -R DL (why anyone would pick -R DL over +R DL is beyond me, though).
sorry i made misteak … too fast awnser ofkorz DVD-DL
is there any differance between 1673S and 1693S besides the obvious -R DL support on 1693… basically my question is…
is there any advantages using the firmware for 1693S on a 1673S drive? … cause currently im using the customized JS07 firmware with the read speed tweak @12X and the write strategy tweaks.
thanks alot for your time.
i would use the 1693s firmware, but there is no difference if you don’t use dvd-r9 (who does actually need it?)
to chok0… thanks for your time… so theres pretty much no differance besides the dvd-r9 support then? … like no write quality differances etc?
cause if not ill stick with the JS07 firmware with the 12x read speed and write strategy tweaks… cause 16x read aint reliable on a 1673S drive… correct? … but u can use 16x read on a real 1693S drive… correct?
this is what i seem to see from general reading in the lite-on dvd forums.
i don’t have any of both drives. but as far as i know the real 1693s can handle 16x reading better than a crossflashed 1673s.
as for the write quality, i would use the newest firmware, in this case KS04. i think it’s best for the drive. if you crossflash, use the 12x rs-patch.
I have read some post where people crossflashed the 1673 to 1693 and weren’t able to do some of the things they expected, like faster ripping. I have seen no one who said go with the 1673. As the price is the same the question is answered; get the 1693.
Well, actually the specs say that the 1673 (and even 1653) read DVD-ROM at 16x by default. So I wonder why I have to use the speedpatch for DVD-Video anyway to get 16x/12x reading?
I’ll reflash the stock firmware and see how fast it rips a DVD-Video. Maybe it’s a problem of Omnipatcher, not the drive?! Let’s see.
Because the specs lie. All the Liteon drives mentioned have a riplock with DL media. The reason a 12X or 16X option is included is because some of the drives have trouble reading at 16X and the speedpatch writer was kind enough to include a 12X version to help us out.
Yep, I just checked the original firmware again to be sure. With stock firmware the drive only reads my DL DVD-Video at 8x. So I’ll stay at 12x and eagerly wait for the new drive LED tool to let me chose speed per media.
Codes’ are the best!
well the thing is… i already have the 1673S drive… but it’s cool cause i already flashed the 1693S firmware to it, the KS04 version.
so far so good
on a side note… im not to conserned with dual layer media in general, since it costs WAY to much, it costs around 10+ dollars per disk vs like 40cents-ish for dvd+r disks.
anyone know how reliable newer lite-on’s are for longevity wise? … cause my older Lite-On 24102b drive im VERY happy with i had it for around 3+ years now and it’s still going strong… i dont know much about my drive (1673S) and stuff but the “feel” of the drive just feels “cheaper” (like drive tray ejecting and loading and the tray itself just has a flimsy feel to it) compared to my 24102b liteon drive … plus it dont have that black rubber band thinggy (the one for dust) on the drive tray for the 1673S drive like my 24102b drive did… i just hope they aint sacrificing there drive quality to make the drives cheaper
anyone have any general comments on the 1673S drive (those who own one) etc ?
they do :a