52x combo drive question

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#1

Hi, I currently have a Sony CRX320E combo drive. I was under the impression that it will burn CDs at 52x. But in order to burn at that speed I have to press and hold the eject button for few seconds, otherwise it burns at 40x. The funny thing is that it burns much faster at 40x than at 52x. I was just comparing the time it took to copy a audio CD on the Sony at 40x and on my NEC ND-3520 at 48x. The NEC was by far faster. Does anyone know of a combo drive that burns at 52x as a standard feature? Because it would make sense that a 52x will be faster than a 40x or 48x. Everytime I have to burn at 52x, I have to press the eject button. Do 52x drives normally burn slower than 40x or 48x drives? If anyone has any feedback, please post. Id appreciate it.


#2

Crossflashing to Liteon 5232k (see Sony/Liteon area) would make it a straight 52X and eliminate the Sony “turbo” modes.

Surprised it wrote slower at 52X, unless it’s having difficulty and falling back to a lower speed, while 40x is managed with no fallback - in which case, it could perform just as badly in reflashed 52x mode, though the Liteon firmware is later than the Sony and may be better.


#3

Most combo drives today support 52x CD-R writing and 16x DVD-ROM reading as standard features. Best-selling such drives are from LG, Lite-On, and Samsung, the three big makers. For maximum average speeds, Lite-On drives tend to write to CD-R disks at faster speeds.

If your 52x burn seems to be slower than 40x burn, do some more extensive tests what causes that.