First off, hello everyone. I’ve been researching DVDRWs for the past couple weeks, and I’m about to take the plunge and get my first one, and I must say, the 3500 pretty much seems like the way to go. I just had a couple questions about the drive that I haven’t turned up an answer for, so I thought I’d post and ask.
The first one is about - R dual layer. My understanding of the DL burning technology is that it required physical changes to the design of older models in order for it to be supported. But, what I was wondering, is if it’s hypothetically possible for a drive to be flashed to support - R DL if it is a dual format drive and already capable of + R DL. Nec seems really good about firmware updates, and certainly there are enough users out there modding their own, I was just curious if there’s any chance - R DL could be added through firmware in the future. This isn’t really a big deal for me, because I don’t really intend to burn alot of dual layer disks. I was just thinking that if I buy a drive I might as well get one capable of doing everything.
The second one is about NECs product cycle. I know absolutely nothing about NEC products, or the companys development cycle. This is basically a christmas gift from my parents, so I was just wondering if there were any talks of a new drive making an appearence in the next couple weeks. I know Pioneer supposedly had their A09 slated for this december, it being the first drive with - R DL. I was wondering if NEC has anything upcoming.