Just recently purchased the Pioneer slim BDXL burner in the States. I think this drive is pretty nifty in that it will be playing next generation blu ray discs.
Now some might say, well the discs are so expensive - what's the point? Why not just buy a hard disk drive right?
Well it's not quite that easy. Optical media still serves a strong purpose, you can see the data on the flip side directly. With flash drive hard drives, you can't, it's enclosed in a box, and there can be problems since all the data is stored on one box. You can buy multiple hdd but I've read so many reports of faulty hdd's.
Just had a few questions and some of you are quite well "in the know' on burners and optical tech. I wanted to get a good discussion going on these new BDXL burners.
I bought this BDXL burner because I wanted something more "future proof"...and as it stands, I don't know if it's possible to firmware hack an older pioneer burner like, say, (the popular bdr-206[not MBK version]) to burn BDXL discs.
Question 1: Do you guys know if this is possible? Can a firmware flash change the way a burner can burn discs?
Because I was interested in knowing what exactly makes a burner burn a BDXL disc over a regular BD disc. Perhaps a stronger laser diode, and a new chipset? Can't figure out how a chipset could initialize the tech though..some of you techies can give me more insight cause I'm fascinated to learn this stuff.
I also realize the chipset in a burner can be a significant difference, and I found some pictures on the internals of this new drive. Turns out this pioneer has a Renesas R8J32740FP44 [SIZE=3]chipset.
Here's the Internals courtesy of: http://homepage2.nifty.com/yss/bdrxd04j/bdrxd04j_top.htm
And here's a more thorough pic of the major components
Question 2: Anyone know what that MediaLogic chip is/does? I assume the Renesas is the heart, the main chipset. This is interesting...hmm..
Turns out this chipset is also shared by the larger half drive; Pioneer BDR-207MBK (newer model)
Question 3: I'd like to use great media to take advantage of the drive....I've read up on SmartBlu...unfortunately it's only sold by Media Mall in the US. I'm in Canada...and they don't accept international credit cards...guess that means I'm out of luck on that one? And Falcon discs here are expensive! I've wanted to grab some Verbatim's...but I've seen some as having the CMC code! the horror lol...
As I said I'd like to get a good discussion on this stuff going if possible. Thanks for your feedback and comments!
-Your friendly neighbourhood Canadian