Is the 5005 more stable than the 5045?

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#1

I have just started to use my 5005, and, after some initial set-up glitches, so far all off cable-connected programs have recorded smoothly.

When I recorded at the four hour mode, at first I was disappointed at the reception; however, I realized that I could adjust the picture thru my HD Samsung TV, and the somewhat murky look vanished to a clearer, richer resolution.

The only reservation I have at this point is that is has occurred to me that write once only discs have to be perfect in that one try. I thought the DVD-RW & DVD+RW discs which are erasable to be the answer; however, I was told by a retailer that those will very likely not play on DVD players, even after intialized. They are really for that recorder only. Is this true?

Anyways, it got me to re-think about the 5045 and its greater flexibility in recording & storage.

However, with all the talk I’m reading on-line about out of sync problems with the latter, do you still think that the 5045 is currenly as reliable a recorder as the 5005?


#2

As a reviewer of the LVW-5045, I can confirm that most of the earlier complaints made about the 5045 were due to buggy firmware. Firmware 193-UK was known to have issues such as frequent crashing (which I experienced every hour or two) as well as audio / video sync issues. However ever since I put firmware 197-UK on the recorder, I have not encountered any issue when it comes to audio / video sync (even over 2 hours), remote key response and I think it may have only locked-up once throughout my lengthy 4 week review of the drive using the new firmware. :wink:

So far, I have not used a LVW-5005, so am unable to comment on how the 5045 compares to it. If you would like to see what the LVW-5045 is capable of such as menu run-downs, features, various audio & video tests and picture quality screen-shots of the various modes, see my following review:
http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/211


#3

the 5045 from liteon is by far the more stable of the two machines.


#4

Why is the 5045 more stable than the 5005?


#5

MWII,

5045 is newer and has more features and I am sure Liteon has a better update on the firmware.

DVD+RW discs don’t require finalizing and will play on a lot of recent players out of Asia (except for some Japanese models from Sony and others).


#6

Although my Sony DVD player (DVP-S336) [font=Verdana]is rather old, it has not given any bother with rewritable media (CD-RW’s, DVD-RW’s and DVD+RW’s) written in the Lite-On LVW 5045. :wink:

DVD-RW gives a choice of quick initialisation and full initialisation (in the 5045). With the quick initialisation, the disc must be finalised before it can be played in any other DVD player, otherwise I get an error message on my DVD player if I try to play an unfinalised disc. With full initialisation (~15 minutes to perform on a 4x DVD-RW), the disc can be used just like with a DVD+RW, i.e. record, play elsewhere, record more, edit content, etc. and still play in other DVD players. The big advantage with DVD+RW is that they only need quick initialisation (~30 seconds to 1 minute) to be able to use them for rewriting without finalisation before being able to play them elsewhere.

As my old Sony DVD player is the only one I have access to, I wouldn’t know how well rewritable media plays in the newer Sony’s though. My DVD player was before the time MP3 and CD-R support came to DVD players, which means that Audio and Video CD-R’s written in the Lite-On will not play in my Sony DVD player, however CD-RW’s will. :rolleyes:
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