DVDRW/DVD Multi Drive Price @Akihabara in Japan

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#1

From the last week issue of Akiba PC Hotline Price Info:

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021207/price.html

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021207/p_etc.html

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021207/p_x_dvdr.html#n%20dvm4224fb

Melcoinc’s Buffalo DVM-4222FB 2.4x DVD+R/4x DVD-R drive as low as 33,800 Yen. Down from nearly 50,000 Yen a few weeks ago (Sony DRU-500A). I’m not sure for now whether it’ll be possible to update its features to include 4x DVD+R writing through firmware revision like the Sony DRU-500A and Sony DRX-500UL.

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021116/ni_i_dd.html#4222fb

Dreams come true!

http://akibapc.earena.co.jp/cgi-bin/QueryProductBacklog.asp?PRODUCTID=8335

Related threads:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=57812
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=58251


#2

Buffalo DVM-4222IU2

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021214/ni_i_dd.html#dvm4222iu2

4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW
2.4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW

Melcoinc Buffalo DVM-4222IU2 based on Sony DRX-500UL for 37,800 Yen on December 14 in Tokyo - only 4,000 Yen more than DVM-4222FB based on Sony DRU-500A.

Basically, it’s the same thing as Sony DRX-500UL.

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021122/ni_i_dd.html#drx500ul

Sony DRX-500UL for 59,800 Yen on November 22 in Tokyo - practically 22,000 Yen price drop in three weeks

I feel we can see 4x DVD+R/-R drives with both USB 2.0 and IEEE 1394 connectors for under 25,000 Yen in a few weeks.

ALL TYPES of DVD writers in Japan are getting cheaper and cheaper almost every week. TDK has also released 4x DVD-R drives based on the Pioneer DVR-A05 and the price is the lowest ever for 4x DVD-R writers. IO DATA 4x DVD+R drives based on the NEC ND-1100A cost even less (just $30 more than Ricoh MP5125A now).


#3

http://www.x-rates.com/calculator.html

http://www.x-rates.com/d/USD/table.html

1 USD
120 Japanese Yen
1,200 South Korean Won
1.56 Canadian Dollar
1.77 Australian Dollar
0.977 Euro


#4

Bless DVD±RW/RAM

There are 33 DVD writers here. Buffalo DVM-4222FB 34,800 Yen and Buffalo DVM-4222IU2 37,800 Yen.


#5

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20021221/price.html

This time I have just realized a USB 2.0 2.4x DVD+R drive could be bought for less than 200 US dollars, or 22,799 Japanese Yen. It’s the external IO DATA DVDRW-iU4.7P2 model based on the Ricoh MP5125A.

IO DATA’s internal DVDRW-AB4.7P2 2.4x DVD+R drive is for 18,780 Yen now.

The prices of Sony DRU-500A and its OEM drives are also falling.

The lowest price for 4x DVD+R drives is 22,900 Yen for IO DATA’s DVR-ABN4P based on NEC ND-1100A.

[EDIT] Added.

Panasonic OEM DVD-R/DVD-RW/DVD-RAM/CD-R/CD-RW writer for 28,780 Yen (US$240.)

Sony DRU-500A OEM Buffalo’s DVM-4222FB DVD+R/DVD+RW/DVD-R/DVD-RW/CD-R/CD-RW writer for 32,499 Yen (US$270.)

NEC ND-1100A OEM IO DATA’s DVR-ABN4P DVD+R 4x/DVD+RW 2.4x/16x CD-R/10x CD-RW writer for 22,980 Yen (US$190.)[/EDIT]


#6

http://www.uworks.co.jp

IO DATA DVR-ABN4P
NEC ND-1100A OEM

DVD+R 4x
DVD+RW 2.4x
DVD-ROM 12x
CD-R 16x
CD-RW 10x
CD-ROM 40x

Price 22,460 JPY (187 USD)

IO DATA DVR-ABP4
Pioneer DVR-A05 OEM

DVD-R 4x
DVD-RW 2x
DVD-ROM 12x
CD-R 16x
CD-RW 8x
CD-ROM 32x

Price 24,600 JPY (205 USD)


#7

Those prices are so much better than even the cheapest stores in Australia, its not funny.

So the question is – anyone know a store in Japan that ships to Australia :slight_smile:

LW.


#8

Originally posted by lwells
Those prices are so much better than even the cheapest stores in Australia, its not funny.

So the question is – anyone know a store in Japan that ships to Australia :slight_smile:

LW.

As almost every original DVD writer manufacturer is a Japanese company either based in Tokyo or Osaka and the Japanese market is more than 5x bigger than that of Oceania.

There are very little percentage of US web stores that ship internationally and the US market is probably most accessible to the world than any other. I don’t know a single Japanese store that ships even to Pusan (the closest city from Japan.)

The prices are usually the world’s lowest and that is mainly why I have been reporting the prices in Tokyo’s Akihabara market. :slight_smile:


#9

Wish they would drop more here. I’d love to have a good DVD burner, but cost is outta my reach right now with the business slowing down.


#10

Originally posted by Kenshin
http://www.uworks.co.jp

IO DATA DVR-ABN4P
NEC ND-1100A OEM

DVD+R 4x
DVD+RW 2.4x
DVD-ROM 12x
CD-R 16x
CD-RW 10x
CD-ROM 40x

Price 22,460 JPY (187 USD)

IO DATA DVR-ABP4
Pioneer DVR-A05 OEM

DVD-R 4x
DVD-RW 2x
DVD-ROM 12x
CD-R 16x
CD-RW 8x
CD-ROM 32x

Price 24,600 JPY (205 USD)

It’s now 22,000 JPY (183 USD) and 24,400 JPY (203 USD).

Panasonic LF-521JD 31,490 JPY.


#11

With the price difference I could almost fly to Japan. :slight_smile:

What about stores in Singapore/Korea - do any of them ship overseas?

LW.


#12

Originally posted by lwells
With the price difference I could almost fly to Japan. :slight_smile:

What about stores in Singapore/Korea - do any of them ship overseas?

LW.

I do not know of any store in Singapore though I know the prices are much lower there than in South Korea.

South Korea is a closed market and tends to cost more for everything except what you pay for riding a taxi or having your hair cut. I do not know any South Korean store that ship overseas (except some special sites for overseas South Korean nationals but even those are all in the Korean language.)

If you can visit Tokyo, why not buy a few unis at once and sell the rest to others in Australia who need them? That’s basically what we do in Seoul.


#13

Akiba Hotline Price 2003.01.18 Page

2003.01.18 DVD Writer Price

DVD Multi OEM 27,899 Yen
Panasonic LF-D521JD 32,580 Yen
Sony DRU-500A 37,590 Yen
Sony DRU-500A OEM (Buffalo DVM-4222FB) 33,800 Yen
Pioneer DVR-A05 OEM (TEAC DV-W50EK) 25,800 Yen
Toshiba SD-R5002 17,800 Yen
Toshiba SD-R5002 OEM (Buffalo DVR-21FB) 17,800 Yen
NEC ND-1100A OEM (IO DATA DVR-ABN4P) 22,780 Yen
NEC ND-1000A 19,800 Yen
Ricoh MP5125A OEM 19,999 Yen

Best DVD-R Writer: Toshiba SD-R5002

2x DVD-R
1x DVD-RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
10x CD-RW
40x CD-ROM

17,800 Yen

Best DVD+R Writer: NEC ND-1100A

4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
10x CD-RW
40x CD-ROM

22,000 Yen


#14

http://www.uworks.co.jp

Or: Uworks CD-R/DVDR/RAM

Plextor PX-504A
4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW

25,980 Yen

IO DATA DVR-ABN4P
4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW

22,000 Yen

Pioneer DVR-A05-J
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW

27,300 Yen


#15

http://www.pc-success.co.jp

http://www.iodata.co.jp/products/dvd/rec/index.htm

IO DATA DVR-ABN4P
4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD-R

22,800 Yen

IO DATA DVR-ABP4
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW

24,800 Yen

IO DATA DVR-ABH2
2x DVD-R
1x DVD-RW
2x DVD-RAM

29,000 Yen


#16

Akiba Price Information - 2003.02.01

Pioneer DVR-A05 OEM from IO DATA and Melco

IO DATA DVR-ABP4 (also in the above post)

24,800 Yen

Melco Buffalo DVR-42FB

24,980 Yen

ST-Trade DRW-AT5B

ST-Trade Homepage

26,799 Yen

Pioneer DVR-A05 Retail

DVR-A05-J (I haven’t seen one of this for under 25,000 Yen yet.)

26,980 Yen


#17

Matsushita Panasonic DVD Multi Drive LF-D560JD External USB 2.0

Akiba Hotline New Products - 2003.02.01

Panasonic Homepage

35,800 Yen (a little under US$300)


#18

Uworks CD-R/DVDR/RAM

DVDRW/DVD Multi Price @Akihabara

4x DVD+R

Plextor PX-504A (unconfirmed: NEC ND-1100A)
Internal IDE
4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
10x CD-RW
40x CD-ROM

25,980 Yen

IO DATA DVR-ABN4P (NEC ND-1100A)
Internal IDE
4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
10x CD-RW
40x CD-ROM

21,580 Yen

IO DATA DVR-iEUN4P (NEC ND-1100A)
External IEEE 1394 + USB 2.0/1.1
4x DVD+R
2.4x DVD+RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
10x CD-RW
40x CD-ROM

28,900 Yen

4x DVD-R

Melco Buffalo DVR-42FB (Pioneer DVR-A05)
Internal IDE
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

23,050 Yen

IO DATA DVR-ABP4 (Pioneer DVR-A05)
Internal IDE
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

23,890 Yen

Pioneer DVR-A05-J
Internal IDE
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

27,300 Yen

DVD Multi 2x DVD-R

Panasonic LF-D560JD
External USB 2.0/1.1
2x DVD-R
1x DVD-RW
2x DVD-RAM
12x DVD-ROM
12x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

30,800 Yen

IO DATA DVR-ABH2 (unconfirmed: Hitachi LG Data Storage GMA-4020B)
Internal IDE
2x DVD-R
1x DVD-RW
2x DVD-RAM
10x DVD-ROM
12x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

27,370 Yen

Posted at DVDplusRW.org, CDRLabs.com, and many other sites as well.


#19

DVD writer prices have all went a little more down both in South Korea and in Japan during the past two weeks.


#20

http://www.watch.impress.co.jp/akiba/hotline/20030222/price.html

4x DVD-R

Melco Buffalo DVR-42FB (Pioneer DVR-A05)
Internal IDE
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

22,800 Yen

UWorks

4x DVD-R

Melco Buffalo DVR-42FB (Pioneer DVR-A05)
Internal IDE
4x DVD-R
2x DVD-RW
12x DVD-ROM
16x CD-R
8x CD-RW
32x CD-ROM

22,280 Yen