DVD Burner Purchase

vbimport

#1

I want to acquire an LG DVD burner.

Criteria for what I want:Must be a three sheep burner.
Must be able to yeild high quality burns.

Quiet is a plus (not necessary), although I want riplock removed as much as possible, (quiet inducing packaging?)A lot of LG drives exist. I would like to know what are my options.


#2

To my knowledge, there are no 3 sheep burners at all in existence of any brand.


#3

If this is true what drives would come closest?


#4

I think the GSA-4166B can handle SD 2.90. Check the review for it :

http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/262

The GSA-H20L, which is a newer model meant to replace the 4166B uses a similar chipset and so may also be able to handle SD 2.90 but I’m not sure. The drive is still quite new and I haven’t found any reviews for it which test that feature yet.

Edit : There is some conflicting information on whether certain drives are 3 sheep capable or not. According to the local tests down using Alex Noe’s sheep test, no drive I’ve ever seen is a 3 sheep drive. Yet according to cdrinfo’s reviews, the 4166B can handle SD 3.1 :

http://www.cdrinfo.com/Sections/Reviews/Specific.aspx?ArticleId=15764&PageId=4
(the HP 840b is a rebadged LG GSA-4166B - look at the label in the introduction section - you can see the GSA-4166B model number on it)


#5

I am unable to edit the initial post to this thread.

I wanted to add that I also would like LightScribe.


#6

I have not had time yet to read all the information posted or referenced by karangguni.

I shall try to do it tomorrow.


#7

Then you need GSA-4166B.


#8

I have now read the reviews for GSA-4166B. It seems like a good drive. I shall try to get it.


#9

The lowest price I have found for the GSA-4166B is $62.11 (shipping included) at http://www.a2zcomp.com/buy.asp?REF=12&SKU=GSA4166BI . I am not sure how good of a dealer is a2zcomp.com; their Reseller Rating is not very good.

Has anyone here seen a better price or dealer with a good price?

Acording to the above extract from the FAQ in this forum, some drives may be cross flashable to the GSA-4166B.

GSA-4164B
GWA-4164B
GSA-2164D
GSA-2166D

It seems that LightScribe ability has not always resulted after a cross flash to GSA-4166B. What drives should I be able to cross flash to the GSA-4166B and be able to use LightScribe?

I am now attempting to find the lowest price for GSA-4166B or its eqivalent (after a cross flash). Help would also be appreciated.

It seems odd that HP drives that are GSA-4166B are priced higher than LG’s drives that are GSA-4166B.


#10

Only LG GSA-2166D can be cross-flashed for sure.
As for the others you would need to find drives of the very first series (quite impossible).

Sascha


#11

Yup, Sascha is right. We only got that information about lightscribe ability clarified last week by another poster (2601) and I haven’t got around to updating the FAQ about that yet.


#12

Ah. OK. Thanks.

I can’t seem to find the GSA-4166B for under 65 dollars from a decent reseller.


#13

FWIW, I have this drive and it’s pretty good. Does Lightscribe well, too. Get it if you can’t find it cheaper.


#14

I have not yet acquired GSA-4166B.

I am thinking that instead of acquiring GSA-4166B, I may be better off acquiring two DVD burners:A good LG DVD burner (see initial post to this thread; with exception to “Must be a three sheep burner”) that is as close to three sheep consideration as possible, without LightScribe support;

and a cheap DVD burner capable of burning LightScribe well.I am thinking that the price of GSA-4166B is greatly due to LightScribe support (correct this if incorrect).

With the new (at time of post) information of this post, what are my options?