[QUOTE=vroom;2055233]215 has the same chipset as the 7200A, but different pcb, designed from pioneer.[/quote]I think my troublesome 35x0 drives had mechanical issues of some sort (lenses? head positioning?). If Pioneer changed only the logic, it might share the same problems.
btw, i never had any problems with the 3520, my drive died a last month, and it was heavily used.
My 3 drives aren’t a large sample, but they all disappointed. Whether it’s region- or batch-specific, or something else, it shows at the very least that these drives are highly uneven which is enough to condemn them.
Yes the 720x is much better than the old 35xx series, and maybe in some cases better than the 215.
Quality-wise while it works, or durability (less 72xx failing in 3 months than 35xx ?
[QUOTE=Bunny;2055252]I would not bother buying the 7170, the 7200 is a much better drive in most cases.[/QUOTE]Durability is my main concern. I was okay with the read/write/scan quality while they lasted.
[QUOTE=DrageMester;2055256]The 5170/7170/7173 series drives is the worst I’ve ever had in terms of build quality and how long they last. Two drives dead on arival and another one dead after a few moths of very light use. I suggest you stay away from them if you want a drive that lasts for a while.[/quote]Sounds like my 35xx.
The 5200/7200/7203 series seems to be good (better than my 5170…7173 drives). It remains to be seen how long they last.
So how can you say they’re good?
In any case, todays drives are manufactured as cheaply as possible, so don’t expect the drives to last forever.
5 years would be nice. And are they really manufactured any differently from a few years ago? The initial R&D costs were covered; motor, lenses, IC technology got cheaper, they may well be the same or better.
My last CD-R drive (Sony CRX230ED, 40 US$) seems okay, though it could be chance just as well. It made about 100 discs in less than a year, then usage heavily declined when I got the first DVD writer, though I still write an occasional CD with it, and it’s my main CD reader. (And it defaults to x40 for reading, which I’m very fond of.