Need a 18X DVD writer that's quiet and reliable



I need help choosing a 18x internal DVD burner for my quiet PC.

These are what I want:

  • quiet
  • reliable (low error rate, less chance of creating a coaster)
  • performance
  • compatibility
  • region-free or exists a region-free firmware for it
  • inexpensive

Any recommendation for a model or brand in general?

Thanks. :bow:



Satisfies all the criteria you listed.


LG GSA-H22N or I would go already with the GSA-H50N.


I see many people recommending Lite-On drives in this forum,
yet you guys are suggesting LG GSA-H22N.
Is it because Lite-On drives are generally more noisy?

Can someone compare Lite-On LH-18A1P / LH-20A1P with LG GSA-H22N?
Which one has better overall writing quality?


The LG GSA-H22N is one of the most quiet high speed drives, so therefore yes, the LiteOns are noisier.

As far as writing quality concerned, the LG GSA-H22N can produce some outstanding quality burns with the right media, e.g. Verbatim 16x DVD+R (MCC004) or Taiyo Yuden 16x DVD+R (YUDEN000 T03), at the highest speeds that is (16x or 18x), check out this thread for scans. This drive is one of the very best at the highest speeds, and one of the fastest, too.

While the newer LiteOns have improved quite a bit, and can be recommended as well, I’d personally prefer the LG GSA-H22N (I have it myself). LG built quality is excellent, the drive is very reliable and ‘hassle free’ - it’s not a drive for those who like to ‘play around’ with ‘customised’ firmwares, tools and write strats (although you can use MediaCode SpeedEdit with it), and you can’t scan your burns either, it just works, and it works reliably.

So you can say that the ‘philosophy’ is basically the opposite to LiteOn, so it depends on your preference. I’d say just buy this drive with a couple of Verbatim 16x DVD+R cakes and start burning, and you are set.


I have a big stack of Verbatim 16x DVD-R (not +R).
Will that work just as well?


They should work just fine (check out the thread I linked to earlier for scans), but this burner prefers DVD+R media. This drive absolutely loves Verbatim 16x DVD+R media (MCC004), a great combination.


Is there a list of most compatible media for the drive?
(Plextor’s website has lists like that for their drives)


Don’t think so, no, but I’ll just post the media list of the current 1.01 firmware, as shown by MediaCodeSpeedEdit.

Media Code Speed Edit V

Firmware: HL-DT-STDVD-RAM GSA-H22N1.0106/09/21
Bootcode: HL-DT-STDVDRRW GWA-4164BN001JW3012/10/04

Overall supported media types:  341
DVD+R9  supported media types:   20
DVD+R   supported media types:  103
DVD+RW  supported media types:   37
DVD-R9  supported media types:   11
DVD-R   supported media types:  121
DVD-RW  supported media types:   49

DVD+R9  supported media types:   20
CMC MAG  D01    4x,2.4x
CMC MAG  D04    4x,2.4x
DEFAULT1 6      4x,2.4x
DEFAULT2 P4     2.4x
DEFAULT4        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT6        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT8        4x,2.4x
INFOME   D01    2.4x
MBIPG101 R10    4x,2.4x
MKM      001    6x,4x,2.4x
MKM      002    4x,2.4x
MKM      003    8x,4x,2.4x
PHILIPS  CD2    4x,2.4x
PHILIPS  PD2    2.4x
PRODISC  D01    4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN D00    2.4x
RICOHJPN D01    8x,4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN D01    8x,4x,2.4x
RITEK    D01    4x,2.4x
RITEK    S04    4x,2.4x

DVD+R   supported media types:  103
AML      001    4x
AML      002    8x,4x
AML      003    16x,12x,8x,4x
BEALL P0 001    2.4x
BeAll000 P40    4x
BeAll000 P80    8x,4x
BeAll000 PG0    16x,12x,8x,4x
CMC MAG  E01    8x,4x
CMC MAG  F01    4x
CMC MAG  M01    16x,12x,8x,4x
CMC MAG  R01    2.4x
DAXON    AZ0    2.4x
DAXON    AZ1    4x
DAXON    AZ3    16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON    CY3    16x,12x,8x,4x
DEFAULT1 6      4x
DEFAULT2 P4     2.4x
DEFAULT4        4x
DEFAULT6        4x
DEFAULT8        4x
DKP      000    4x
DT-D03   004    8x,4x
DT-D03   004    8x,4x
EMDPAZ01 000    8x,4x
FTI      016    16x,12x,8x,4x
GSC502   002    4x
GSC503   H01    8x,4x
INFODISC R20    8x,4x
INFODISC R40    12x,8x,4x
INFOME   R20    8x,4x
IS01     001    4x
ISSM     001    8x,4x
ISSM     003    16x,12x,8x,4x
LGEP16   001    8x,4x
LGEP16   001    16x,12x,8x,4x
MAXELL   001    4x
MAXELL   002    8x,4x
MAXELL   003    18x,16x,12x,8x,4x
MBIPG101 R03    4x
MBIPG101 R04    8x,4x
MBIPG101 R05    16x,12x,8x,4x
MCC      001    2.4x
MCC      002    4x
MCC      003    8x,4x
MCC      003    8x,4x
MCC      004    16x,12x,8x,4x
MCC      004    18x,16x,12x,8x,4x
MEDIA ID 001    4x
MPOMEDIA 001    2.4x
MPOMEDIA 040    4x
MPOMEDIA 080    8x,4x
NAN YA   FLX    12x,8x,4x
NANYA    CHX    8x,4x
NANYA    CL1    8x,4x
NANYA    CLX    8x,4x
NANYA    DR     4x
NANYA    RJB    4x
NANYA    RJB    4x
NSD      R40    16x,12x,8x,4x
OPTODISC F16    8x,4x
OPTODISC OP1    2.4x
OPTODISC OR8    8x,4x
OPTODISC R16    16x,12x,8x,4x
PHILIPS  C08    8x,4x
PHILIPS  C16    16x,12x,8x,4x
PRODISC  R01    2.4x
PRODISC  R02    4x
PRODISC  R03    8x,4x
PRODISC  R04    16x,12x,8x,4x
Philips  081    8x,4x
Plasmon  c01    8x,4x
Plasmon2 C01    16x,12x,8x,4x
RICOHJPN R00    2.4x
RICOHJPN R01    4x
RICOHJPN R02    8x,4x
RICOHJPN R03    16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK    M02    4x
RITEK    P16    16x,12x,8x,4x
RITEK    R01    2.4x
RITEK    R02    4x
RITEK    R03    8x,4x
RITEK    R03    8x,4x
RITEK    R04    12x,8x,4x
RITEK    R05    4x
SKC      P16    12x,8x,4x
SKC      P80    4x
SONY     D01    4x
SONY     D11    8x,4x
SONY     D21    16x,12x,8x,4x
TDK      001    4x
TDK      002    8x,4x
TDK      003    16x,12x,8x,4x
ULTRAN   202    4x
UME      002    8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 001    8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 002    8x,4x
VDSPMSAB 004    8x,4x
WFKA11   321    16x,12x,8x,4x
YUDEN000 T01    4x
YUDEN000 T02    8x,4x
YUDEN000 T03    18x,16x,12x,8x,4x
Yi Jhan  004    8x,4x

DVD+RW  supported media types:   37
CMC      W01    2.4x
CMC MAG  W01    2.4x
CMC MAG  W02    4x,2.4x
CMC MAG  W03    8x,4x,2.4x
DAXON    D42    4x,2.4x
DEFAULT1        2.4x
DEFAULT1        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT2        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT2 P4     2.4x
DEFAULT4        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT4        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT8        4x,2.4x
DEFAULT8        8x,4x,2.4x
INFODISC A10    4x,2.4x
MBIPG101 W03    2.4x
MBIPG101 W04    4x,2.4x
MBIPG101 W05    8x,4x,2.4x
MCC      A01    2.4x
MKM      A02    4x,2.4x
MKM      A03    8x,4x,2.4x
MKM      A03    8x,4x,2.4x
NANYA    DRW    4x,2.4x
OPTODISC OP1    2.4x
OPTODISC OP4    4x,2.4x
OPTODISC OP8    8x,4x,2.4x
PHILIPS  010    2.4x
PHILIPS  041    4x,2.4x
PHILIPS  RW8    8x,4x,2.4x
PRODISC  W01    2.4x
PRODISC  W02    4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN W01    2.4x
RICOHJPN W11    4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN W21    8x,4x,2.4x
RITEK    001    2.4x
RITEK    004    4x,2.4x
RITEK    008    8x,4x,2.4x
SONY     S11    4x,2.4x

DVD-R9  supported media types:   11
CMC MAG. AD4    4x,2x
DEFAULT1        2x
DEFAULT16       4x,2x
DEFAULT4        4x,2x
DEFAULT6        4x,2x
DEFAULT8        4x,2x
MKM 01RD30      4x,2x
MKM 03RD30      8x,4x,2x
ProdiscDR24     4x,2x
RITEKP01        4x,2x

DVD-R   supported media types:  121
AN31            4x
AN32            4x
BeAll G00001    2x
BeAll G16001    16x,12x,8x,4x
BeAll G40001    4x
BeAll G80001    8x,4x
CMC MAG.        2x
CMC MAG. AE1    8x,4x
CMC MAG. AF1    4x
CMC MAG. AM1    16x,12x,8x,4x
CMC MAG. AM3    16x,12x,8x,4x
CMC00RG200      2x
CMC00RG300      2x
DAXON004        4x
DAXON016        16x,12x,8x,4x
DAXON016S       16x,12x,8x,4x
DEFAULT1        2x
DEFAULT16       4x
DEFAULT4        4x
DEFAULT6        4x
DEFAULT8        4x
DKMZ01          4x
DKMZ01          8x,4x
Dvsn            4x
EDMA01          16x,12x,8x,4x
EDM_02          4x
ENGAGE 01       4x
FTI RG16        16x,12x,8x,4x
FUJIFILM02      4x
FUJIFILM03      8x,4x
FUJIFILM04      8x,4x
GSC001          2x
GSC001          4x
GSC001          4x
GSC002          4x
GSC003          8x,4x
GSC004          8x,4x
INFODISC-R01    4x
INFODISC-R20    8x,4x
ISSM    R02     16x,12x,8x,4x
ISSM R01        8x,4x
LEADDATA        2x
LEADDATA01      4x
LGE             2x
LGE04           4x
LGE04           8x,4x
LGE08           8x,4x
LGE16           16x,12x,8x,4x
LONGTEN 001     4x
Lead Data       2x
MAM4XG01        4x
MBI             2x
MBI 01RG20      4x
MBI 01RG40      16x,12x,8x,4x
MBI 03RG40      16x,12x,8x,4x
MBI03RG30       8x,4x
MCC 00RG200     2x
MCC 01RG20      4x
MCC 02RG20      8x,4x
MCC 03RG20      18x,16x,12x,8x,4x
MCI4XG01        4x
MXL RG01        2x
MXL RG02        4x
MXL RG03        8x,4x
MXL RG04        18x,16x,12x,8x,4x
NAN YA F02      16x,12x,8x,4x
NANYA-JC001     4x
NSDR40          16x,12x,8x,4x
ONIDTECH        4x
OPTODISCK001    2x
OPTODISCK001    4x
OPTODISCR004    4x
OPTODISCR008    8x,4x
OPTODISCR016    16x,12x,8x,4x
POMS3A          8x,4x
PRINCO          2x
PRINCO          4x
PRODISCG01      2x
PRODISCG02      2x
PVC001001       2x
PVCR001002      4x
Plasmon1A       4x
Prodisc DVDR    2x
ProdiscF01      8x,4x
ProdiscF02      16x,12x,8x,4x
ProdiscS03      4x
ProdiscS04      8x,4x
RITEKF1         4x
RITEKG03        2x
RITEKG04        4x
RITEKG05        8x,4x
RITEKG06        4x
RITEKM02        4x
RITEKM16        16x,12x,8x,4x
Reserved1       2x
Reserved2       2x
SKC Co.,Ltd.    4x
SKC M801        8x,4x
SONY            2x
SONY04D1        4x
SONY08D1        8x,4x
SONY16D1        16x,12x,8x,4x
TDKG010000d9    2x
TDKG02000000    2x
TTG01           4x
TTG02           8x,4x
TTH01           8x,4x
TTH02           16x,12x,8x,4x
TYG01           4x
TYG02           4x
TYG02           8x,4x
TYG03           18x,16x,12x,8x,4x
ULTRAN102       4x
UME01           8x,4x
UME02           16x,12x,8x,4x
UTJG01001       2x
VDSPMSAB 01     4x

DVD-RW  supported media types:   49
CMCW02          2x
CMCW04          6x,4x,2x
DEFAULT1        1x
DEFAULT1        4x,2x
DEFAULT2        2x
DEFAULT2        4x,2x
DEFAULT4        4x,2x
DEFAULT4        4x,2x
DEFAULT6        8x,4x,2x
DEFAULT8        4x,2x
DUMMY0          2x
DUMMY0          6x,4x,2x
DUMMY1          2x
DUMMY1          6x,4x,2x
JVC/VictorT7    1x
JVC0VictorD7    4x,2x
JVC1Victord7    6x,4x,2x
JVC_VictorW7    2x
MCC 00RW11N9    1x
MCC 01RW11n9    2x
MCC 01RW4X      4x,2x
MKM 01RW6X01    6x,4x,2x
OPTODISCK001    1x
OPTODISCK001    2x
OPTODISCW002    2x
OPTODISCW006    6x,4x,2x
PRINCO          1x
PRINCO          2x
PRINCORW0004    4x,2x
PVCW000001Q9    1x
PVCW000002A9    1x
PVCW00D002K9    2x
PVCW00V00245    2x
Prodisc DW04    2x
ProdiscDVDRW    1x
RITEK000V11A    1x
RITEK004V11     1x
RITEKW01        2x
RITEKW04        4x,2x
RITEKW06        6x,4x,2x
SONY00000009    1x
SONY000000U9    1x
SPARE           2x
SPARE4-RW       4x,2x
TDK401saku=3    1x
TDK501saku]3    1x
TDK502sakuM3    2x
TDK601saku      4x,2x
TDK701saku      6x,4x,2x


Yeah, LiteOn drives or much noisier. But LG is also slower at ripping although I prefer the LG when it comes to ripping because the LiteOn is less reliable recognizing Video DVDs. The LG is the slower but more reliable reader.