Plextor officially announces PX-716A!

After some unofficial report on CDRInfo.com Plextor Europe has just posted the official specs of their new PX-716A DVD recorder. Here they are! Please don’t start any flames in this thread as they will be deleted. Other comments are of course more than welcome!

[ul][li]Writing Speeds:
[/li]> [list][li]DVD+R: 16x
[/li]> [li]DVD-R: 16x
[/li]> [li]DL DVD+R: 4X
[/li]> [li]CD-R: 48x[/ul][]Rewriting Speeds:
[/li]> [ul][li]DVD+RW: 8x
[/li]> [li]DVD-RW: 4x
[/li]> [li]CD-RW: 24x[/ul]Reading Speeds:
[/li]> [ul][li]DVD-ROM: 16x
[/li]> [li]CD-ROM: 48x[/ul][
]Buffer Underrun Proof Technology: Stops buffer underrun errors
[/li]> [li]GigaRec Technology
[/li]> [li]Intelligent Recording
[/li]> [li]SecureRecording Technology
[/li]> [li]Silent Mode
[/li]> [li]Q-Check
[/li]> [li]VariRec Technology
[/li]> [li]PoweRec Technology (Plextor Optimised Writing Error Reduction Control)
[/li]> [li]Supports Lossless Linking (DVD+R/RW)
[/li]> [li]Zero Link (DVD-R/RW)
[/li]> [li]Supports Background Formatting
[/li]> [li]Access Time <100 ms for CD; 150 ms for DVD
[/li]> [li]8MB Buffer
[/li]> [li]E-IDE (ATAPI) interface
[/li]> [li]Compatible with: Windows 98 SE, Windows Me, Windows 2000, Windows XP
[/li]> [li]MultiRead Compatible
[/li]> [li]Supports SPDIF (Digital Audio Output)
[/li]> [li]High Quality Digital Audio Extraction
[/li]> [li]A black tray, to reduce the jitter and to increase the quality of the burned CD
[/li]> [li]Two year fast warranty service (EU, Norway and Switzerland: Collect & Return); 1 year in other countries.[/list][/li]Official specs can also be found over at Plextor Europe.

Edit, here is the official press release:

NOW 8.5 GB DOUBLE LAYER BURNING IN NO TIME AT ALL (IN LESS THAN 6 MINUTES) WITH THE PLEXTOR PX-716A

Brussels, September 2004 - More data on the same disc, that’s the simple way of describing the latest revelation from Plextor. The PX-716A is a double layer, dual format DVD burner that burns 4 hours of high quality MPEG 2/DVD in no time at all. This internal DVD burner stands out by its disc speeds of no less than 16x for DVD plus, 16x for DVD minus and 4x for DVD + R DL (Double Layer).

But no worries if you still have a stock of 8-speed media, as these will also have a writing speed of 16x with the PX-716A… The PX-716A will be in the shops for 130 EUR plus VAT, and besides PlexTools Professional and an extra black front bezel you will also be getting some five software packages.

The PX-716A is fast, currently the fastest device for writing and reading ordinary DVD’s around.

The format is irrelevant, as all reading and writing takes place at a speed of 16x. But speed may not go at the expense of quality. That’s why much attention was also devoted to the intelligence of the PX-716A. The term ‘Intelligent Recording’ covers a number of critical aspects that ensure the quality of reading and writing functionality. ‘AutoStrategy’ is a self-learning writing technology for developing a writing strategy. The advantage is that here we achieve good writing quality on unprecedented media. ‘IntelligentTilt’ controls the laser in three dimensions, with the purpose of achieving equivalent writing and reading quality in the case of surface imperfections. Finally, ‘PoweRec’, is a complex piece of writing intelligence ensuring superior recording quality at high speeds on certified media.

So the PX-716A not only gives you speed. It is the first appliance from Plextor that can burn double layer at a speed of 4x. Double layer means that you can burn 4 hours of high quality MPEG-2/DVD video on one 8.5 GB DVD, almost double the capacity of standard DVD’s. So now you need fewer discs to back up your favourite DVD’s, CD collections, MP3 collections, photo albums and other data in no time at all. And just for the record, the PX-716A also obviously supports CD’s. These are written and read at 48x and rewritten at 24x.

Unique extras

To prevent underruns the PX-716A uses ‘Buffer Underrun Proof technology’. Direct recording on a DVD is possible with DVD±VR (Video Recording). And thanks to the ‘Background Formatting’ function and an 8 MB buffer memory, the PX-716A can also format while writing.

And that’s not all Plextor has to offer. VariRec technology allows you to change the laser intensity. This enables the user to improve and personalise sound recordings. ‘GigaRec’ also allows the reducing or increasing of the storage capacity of CD’s by between 60% and 130% of the stated media capacity.

Data protection is also possible thanks to ‘Securec’ hardware password protection. This key directly burns an inscription on the CD. This is ideal for creating and saving master copies of important data, for example

To lengthen the life of your drive and also have the whole process take place in practical silence you can use ‘Silent Mode’ to determine the access time, reading and writing speed and ejection time. A ‘Q-Check’ or quality control before or after the burning process additionally gives you the necessary info about the quality of your DVD/CD. The following tests are available: C1/C2 error test, FE/TE test, Beta/Jitter test, PI/PO error test and Time Analyser (TA).

The equipment

The internal PX-716A has an E-IDE (ATAPI) interface. A white and black front bezel and comprehensive manual in 16 languages are included Besides its own ‘PlexTools Professional’ software, you are also provided with a range of attractive full and trial software versions from Ahead, Pinnacle, Cyberlink, Sonic and Ulead.

For people who want to build their own computer as small as possible, an indisputable advantage is that the length of this DVD recorder (170mm) is shorter than the European standard. Obviously an external model and a Serial ATA of this high-performance data monster is also to be provided, but there is still a short wait before their arrival.

The PX-716A will be available from the end of October at the many Plextor dealers for a recommended retail price of 130 EUR* (excl. VAT).

  • incl. Fast Warranty Service (2 year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect&Return); 1 year in other countries (Check Plextor Website for up to date information on www.plextor.be)

According to watch impress Plextor also plans to release a DVD-R DL firmware in December (if I understand the translation correct).

Also more info at Plextor Japan about the drive’s features.

Thanks for the additional info jsl. Will add that to the newspost!

8x +RW looks impressive. Would like to know if it will be able to write that fast on existing media. Does anybody know the price?

With all those features (GigRec, VariRec), it is as good as a Plextor Premium in CD-R(W) according to the specs.?

The PX-712A already supported the same features as the Premium when it came to CD-R recording…

Well. that’s ok :slight_smile:
Blindwrite always did a special job if working with a Plextor Premium. Does anyone know Blindwrite will also work the same way if bundled with a PX712a/PX716a?

You got a point there. The SecuRom trick that worked with the Premium drive doesn’t seem to work with the PX-712A. Only time will tell if it will work with the PX-716A.

Please don’t start any flames in this thread as they will be deleted.
Of course not “mother” :bigsmile: and congratulations with the news , You beat me by an hour , damn ! :rolleyes:

G@M3FR3@K , Intelligent Recording do You know what that is …?

:stuck_out_tongue:

It is nice to announce the PX-712A and it’s DL DVD writing capabilty, but . . .
could Plextor please make a little effort and to have the:
PLEXTOR 605A Dvd writer which supports 5X DVD-RAM writing
AVAILABLE in other countries than Japan
I am not interested in “movies piracy” using DVD Double Layer recording but
in professional quality DATA backups using DVD RAM writing SAFETY . . . !

http://babelfish.altavista.com/babelfish/trurl_pagecontent?url=http%3A%2F%2Fplextor.jp%2Fproduct%2Fpx716a%2Findex.php&lp=ja_en

Check out the Autostrategy… looks quite cool if the translation is correct.
Thanks to Sen for finding that URL.

I dont give a dam about this new drive!, i just want to hear CVS go mad again at the fact that it has 1 PI over the limit!!!
This is going to be fun!!!

Judging from the Japanese Plextor site, Intelligent Recording is a combination of AutoStrategy, IntelligentTilt and PowerRec. This sounds very promising as AutoStrategy seems to ‘learn’ how to record media at the highest quality while IntelligentTilt seems to reduce jitter at high recording speeds. We’ll have to wait and find out how these new technologies work in real life but as I said, it sounds promosing!

Edit: from the press release:

The term ‘Intelligent Recording’ covers a number of critical aspects that ensure the quality of reading and writing functionality. ‘AutoStrategy’ is a self-learning writing technology for developing a writing strategy. The advantage is that here we achieve good writing quality on unprecedented media. ‘IntelligentTilt’ controls the laser in three dimensions, with the purpose of achieving equivalent writing and reading quality in the case of surface imperfections. Finally, ‘PoweRec’, is a complex piece of writing intelligence ensuring superior recording quality at high speeds on certified media.

Just noticed that this drive is also 2cm shorter than the PX-712A. Great move as I can use any extra space in my barebone computer :wink:

I really hope that this drive comes out in silver! every time i look at a pic of a plextor drive it appears silver to me?! and it would look great in my case!

Nice! Only 170mm long! That is exactly the same as Lite-On drives :slight_smile:

/Me also want one - too bad the price seems to more than two ND-3500A or two Litey 16x costs…

I don’t think my economy could manage that :frowning:

Franz99 got it right, as there are signs that indicate Uper Multi can be the flavour of the season by 2005, Plextor could have added DVD-RAM to this drive now.

8x +RW seems nice, supposing +RW doesn’t have the problems +RW used to have…reliability is just a matter of luck!
With RAM the drive is seen as a HDD, so the problems with software used to to packet writting are gone…the disc can br re-written up to 100 000 times, agains 1000 for RW (times are measured by each TOC update, not the complete disck?)…and life expectation goes up to 100 years, agst max 30 tor RW (and we now how optimistic this can be…).
On the top of this 605A selling in Japan uses the disck inside the cartridge, what means you don’t touch it…and this preserves data.

With Blu-Ray in the way, why do manufacturers keep trying to put RAM aside?

Last, will this drive allow for bitsetting as 712A?

Well, they would be crazy to allow bitsetting for a SL drive as the 712A and not for a DL drive… :rolleyes:

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thebarraster wrote :

I dont give a dam about this new drive!, i just want to hear CVS go mad again at the fact that it has 1 PI over the limit!!! This is going to be fun!!!
YOU will be deleted !!!:bigsmile:

G@M3FR3@K : Please don’t start any flames in this thread as they will be deleted .
PS : Don’t You go picking on CVS , he’s on my BUDDY-list and You don’t want to cross arguments with the man with no name but a combined burnmodelnumber :cop: - soon I’m to be Premium716USB :cool: or maybe not …? :confused:

PPS : Does anyone know if the Plexies have planned an external drive :bow: ?

With flames I meant what happened in the other thread about the PX-716A drive: Plextor is better! No NEC is better! No Lite-On! Etc…

According to the press release an external model will become available soon, as will a S-ATA version.


:bow: :bow: :bow: Uh , I could kiss You now , G@M3FR3@K !!! :stuck_out_tongue:

BTW : Does anybody know what differences there are
between Verbatims 8x Datalifeplus Azo and Advanced AZO ?
Anyone has some scans ? Are they very different ? :confused: