This is not a smoking hot deal, but since the Pioneer DVR-115D is starting to disappear, and it is praised so highly here then $31.38 is a pretty good deal. It’s the best I could find on the internet and Pricegrabber rates Silicon Assets pretty highly, though they are kind of new.
I saw the 116D, but is it the same chipset as the 115D? I thought I read it was different so the same quality could not be guaranteed. Anyway I have the exact drives 2-4 that you list in your sig, larc919…weird.
The 116D chip is the MC-10043. The 115D has the MC-10041. I’ve heard the only real difference is a few added features in the MC-10043. The 116D will write DL discs up to 12x (for whatever that’s worth). Also, it has a feature for auto burning speed selection based on disc quality.
If you wanna know some info about the new chipset, have a look at the Optiarc 7203A/S.
ps me wanna grab a 116 now
[QUOTE=chef;2095495]If you wanna know some info about the new chipset, have a look at the Optiarc 7203A/S.[/QUOTE]
Or rather, the 720xA/S series. The 7200 is the regular drive, the 7201 has Labelflash, and the 7203 has Lightscribe. Same basic chipset for all three, which they share with the Pioneer DVR-116D.
I would only go for a DVR-115D if I could get it much cheaper than a 116D.
Well, I ordered the DVR-115D based on reviews and scans here, not to save $7 or something off the 116D. With my luck if I got the 116D it wouldn’t be as good. (I remember getting burned by the NEC upgrade of the 3500/3520 to the 3550…It’s just my luck.) I’ll post some MCC004 scans in the burner thread after the 115D gets here.
[quote=FriendOf;2095688]I remember too well getting burned by the NEC upgrade of the 3500/3520 to the 3550…It’s just my luck.[/quote]You might have been burned worse if you had waited for the 3550. My 3520 is still burning very well in a friend’s computer. The 3550 got tossed in the trash long ago. I never got even one acceptable burn on it. High PIF spikes throughout caused by recalibration during the burn process caused my stand-alone players to choke.
I finally used the 3550 as a ripper, which it wasn’t very good at. When the day came it couldn’t even handle that, I mumbled a few words over it and committed it to eternity (I can’t repeat here what those words were). :a
Good luck and many years of happy burning with your 115D.
[QUOTE=larc919;2095693]You might have been burned worse if you had waited for the 3550.[/QUOTE]
That’s what I was saying. I had both the 3500 and 3520 which burnt great and then got two 3550’s, for my new computers at the time, thinking they’d be better. Needless-to-say I’ve reburnt hundreds of discs ruined by the 3550’s…some of which could no longer be read. And these were good MID’s like MCC004, MCC03, TDK TTG02. The old 3500/3520 discs are still great.
Meritline has the 115D and 116D available alongside each other now.
115D = $25.99 + shipping
116D = $26.99 + shipping
The DVR-116DBK is now avaible at 29.99 with free shipping. http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16827129023
Thanks, Thunderbolt69. I just ordered one (that I don’t need). That makes 4 new optical drives in 24 hours (ordered 3 PX-740A/DW1640 yesterday from Unity Electronics - which I also don’t need :p)
Your welcome. Can’t make up my mind to get the Pioneer 116D or th Benq1640.
[QUOTE=Thunderbolt69;2097926]Your welcome. Can’t make up my mind to get the Pioneer 116D or th Benq1640.[/QUOTE]
If you have enough room, get both. Put the Pioneer DVR-116D as master and BenQ DW1640 as slave. I have two computers set up that way, and use the Pioneer (115D in my case) for burning double layer DVD, and the BenQ for burning CD and DVD SL, ripping, and doing TRTs and disc quality tests. I cannot think of a better match for IDE drives.