Best enclosure for Pioneer 115D is best?

Hi,

I am going to buy a Pioneer 115D, and am looking for the best enclosure for it.

I have looked through the enclosure thread and two of the three options that I am looking at have not been mentioned/compared here.

I intend to use USB and will be using it to burn dual layer a lot.

The three that I am looking at are:

  1. The one enclosure that I have seen mentioned in the threads is the Plumax PM-525U2-PCS
    http://www.dealsonic.com/usb20enfor52.html

  2. Also at Dealsonic I have noticed the StorTecc PM-525U2-ECS
    http://www.dealsonic.com/stpmsismbaus1.html

I’m drawn to this one by the specs, but have not seen it mentioned here at all.

  1. I think the Pioneer DVR-X152 is an external version of the 115D, but I haven’t been able to confirm this or to tell what type of enclosure is used.

Which seems best?

Welcome to CDF.
I think the NEC chipset might serve you better.
See
http://www.dealsonic.com/synecchdesc5.html

Manufacturers site.
http://www.syba.com/Product/Info/Id/90

Hi All,
this is my first post and this way i like to say thanks for informations i got here.
Mainly read the posts, i have terrible english and gramar. :slight_smile:

missyrelm,
i can confirm soulsurvivors post.
Two days ago obtained an enclosure like this plus a pioneer dvr-115d.
http://www.syba.com/Product/Info/Id/89
(in Europe frankly w/o any brand but nec chipset - it’s like an aluminium brick)
chipset:
http://www.necel.com/usb/en/product/upd720133.html#block

The setup Works fine, burned and read several different type of media.
At the retail store, only the usb version was sold, but if You can, buy
the usb+firewire enclosure.
regards, gabe

Welcome to CDF gabe01.
Thanks for the confirmation.
I don’t think the NEC chipset based caddies are available other than just USB.
At least not seen any so far.

yes, no firewire.
Difference only the audio plug, led indicators,
and the design.

Thanks for the help!

My wife and I have been trying to decide between the Syba that soulsurvior linked to:

Syba NEC Chipset Deluxe Screwless 5.25 Inch USB 2.0 External Enclosure
http://www.dealsonic.com/synecchdesc5.html

and the one mentioned by gabe01

SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817186102&Tpk=SYBA%2BSD-U2PLA-525

Not sure if it makes a difference, NewEgg ratings are almost the same.

Both use the NEC chipset

The only other drive that we were looking at was the
Mapower KC51U2 Aluminum 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145151

Simply because it has very high ratings on Newegg, but chipset isn’t mentioned, but I’m pretty sure it’s not NEC

We’re leaning towards the aluminum Syba.

Got the aluminum Syba :slight_smile: Now we’re just waiting for it in the mail :slight_smile:

Sorry it took me a while to reply.

I love the SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset

It was screwless and a joy for a hardware scaredy-cat like me, the enclosure doesn’t even come apart, you just slide the drive in pretty much.

All the burns I’ve made (admittedly not a lot yet) have been perfect!
I don’t notice any noise either.

Thanks for the NEC chipset recommendation!

[QUOTE=missyrelm;2085731]Thanks for the help!

My wife and I have been trying to decide between the Syba that soulsurvior linked to:

Syba NEC Chipset Deluxe Screwless 5.25 Inch USB 2.0 External Enclosure
http://www.dealsonic.com/synecchdesc5.html

and the one mentioned by gabe01

SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817186102&Tpk=SYBA%2BSD-U2PLA-525

Not sure if it makes a difference, NewEgg ratings are almost the same.

Both use the NEC chipset

The only other drive that we were looking at was the
Mapower KC51U2 Aluminum 5.25" USB 2.0 External Enclosure

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16817145151

Simply because it has very high ratings on Newegg, but chipset isn’t mentioned, but I’m pretty sure it’s not NEC

We’re leaning towards the aluminum Syba.[/QUOTE]

I believe this enclosure has the oxford chipset and I personally don’t recommend the oxford 911 chipset.
although a lot of people will disagree with me but the initio in my opinion is more compatible with a wide variety of hardware configurations & i also like the nec chipste but am not sure if it comes in 1394

is the NEC the only chipset that will work? Or does it simply work the best? Sorry if it’s a newbie question, I’m new to this whole thing…

[QUOTE=acouette11;2105043]is the NEC the only chipset that will work? Or does it simply work the best? Sorry if it’s a newbie question, I’m new to this whole thing…[/QUOTE]

I gotta tell you that I feeol like the fastest and most compatible 1394A external connection by far in my opinion is the Initio here are the enclosures that they are in

Hi Joe,

I know that AcomData and DuraMicro, Fantom Drives, SimpleTech all use our chipsets in their external cases. These are usually all at Frys and sometimes CompUSA.
The 1394 products are a couple of years old now, however it looks like the interest in 1394 is coming up again so you may see more of them in the stores.

Regards
Dan

                         this is from Initio tech support also confirming that the 4.73 firmware file that I have is the latest firmware for the Initio 1430L

                                                                                joe

As you can see in my signature my Pioneer 115D (that is now a 115L :smiley: ) is in an Mapowe/Fantec H51 enclosure with internal power supply. At the moment the burner is in an USB only enclosure with GLE811 USB chipset. I know this may not be the best one but I did not have any problems burning DVDs and the burn results were also with no complains.

If I have time I could try a few other bridge board types. I have for my H51 enclosures 3 different combo bridgeboard types:

  • Prolific PL3507C USB/FW
  • GL811-04 (USB) and OX911 (FW)
  • GL811-04 (USB) and OX911Plus (FW)

In the past I perfered the Prolific but since I had a few compatibility issues / strange behaviour with Plextor drives I’m not sure to recommend this chipset anymore. I guess there is no “perfect” chipset. That is the main problem with external enclosures I guess.

Since I’m not a person using the fastest possible burns speed supported by the selected DVD burner I do not have a lot problems with my external devices. Most burns are done with 8x or 16x.

Does anyone know any UK stores which sell an enclosure which would be good for the 115d? The only two i’ve found so far for a reasonable price are:

http://www.ebuyer.com/product/143273

and

http://svp.co.uk/product/sumvision_525_cd_dvd_hard_drive_enclosure_mte049#reviews

Would either of these be ok or does anyone have any other suggestions?

[quote=missyrelm;2091645]Sorry it took me a while to reply.

I love the SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset

It was screwless and a joy for a hardware scaredy-cat like me, the enclosure doesn’t even come apart, you just slide the drive in pretty much.

All the burns I’ve made (admittedly not a lot yet) have been perfect!
I don’t notice any noise either.

Thanks for the NEC chipset recommendation![/quote]

I purchased the SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset and it works great with the 115D and it also works well with Plextor 716A and i have no problems at all. I can burn almost 8X on 2.4 MIS Verb DL media with the 115D but actually it’s a external 115L after i crossed flashed it. It is as good as the Neo external enclosure or better that had a NEC chip set but you can’t buy them anymore. The SYBA with the NEC works great with 716A

[quote=missyrelm;2091645]Sorry it took me a while to reply.

I love the SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset

It was screwless and a joy for a hardware scaredy-cat like me, the enclosure doesn’t even come apart, you just slide the drive in pretty much.

All the burns I’ve made (admittedly not a lot yet) have been perfect!
I don’t notice any noise either.

Thanks for the NEC chipset recommendation![/quote]

I purchased the SYBA SD-U2PLA-525 Rugged aluminum 5.25" USB2.0 B External Enclosure, NEC Chipset and it works great with the 115D and it also works well with Plextor 716A and i have no problems at all. I can burn almost 8X on 2.4 MIS Verb DL media with the 115D but actually it’s a external 115L after i crossed flashed it. It is as good as the Neo external enclosure or better that had a NEC chip set but you can’t buy them anymore. The SYBA with the NEC works great with 716A and 760 Plextors also because i tried it in all modes. for 29.98 shipped from the egg its well worth it as i had 4 716A’s hanging around and have 6 115L’s in a duplicator and pulled one to try it in the enclosure and it worked fine. The Duplicator i have has a USB in it to use the #6 drive on the computer thru USB. After saying this when it comes to Pioneer the 112L still in my opinion kicks the 115 azz. The Plex 716A and 760 are just solid drives i keep because you will never see them again. There not the fastest but are good drives. The SYBA model above in my opinion is a great enclosure at 2 Amps.