I was wondering what the likelihood of being able to upgrade the 4163b to support -r dl is. Are LG going to release a firmware update to let it keep up with the NEC and Pioneer drives, or are they going to bring out an entirely new drive?
From what I have seen, a new drive is more likely to happen.
But Kenshin will know better.
I can only guess. Extremely unlikely. It’s against LG’s own policy.
GSA-4163B was designed before Pioneer DVR-A09 and NEC ND-3530A.
That is one reason why I recommend waiting for new drives to people who want more features than are found in GSA-4163/5163 now.
I was waiting for over 2 years for something new from my SOny 500AX that I bought for 430 Euros!!!And finally I gave it to my brother who doesn’t care about fromats or speeds :).
Yeah, I think I will take your advice Kenshin and wait a little while before I get a drive. On such matters then, is there any information on a successor to the 4163b, or are LG keeping pretty quiet on the whole affair. Any guesses on a release date, or are we gonna be looking at March when -r dl media is going to become available?
I only know there will be at least one new model that supports LightScribe in late March. Whether the new models will support features like 8x DVD+R DL and 8x DVD-R DL and 16x DVD-RAM, I do not know yet. LG, like many other manufacturers, do not want their product release dates to be known to others. If I knew, it’s likely all LG’s competing manufacturers knew, too.
Kenshin, you are going to make us all crazy
16x DVD-RAM was mentioned many months ago. Unless Hitachi and LG were cheating or some serious delay is happening again, 16x DVD-RAM should be ready in this quarter or at least by the next quarter.
For playing you mean.
Not for recording…
No, for recording. Very little use of releasing a press release if it’s just 16x reading.
Never saw anything higher than (I think) 5x DVD-RAM media until now. But compared to my trusty old SCSI Fujitsu MO drive, even that is nearly light speed compared to a VW Beetle.
Hm. SCSI MO… used to be one of the most expensive PC drives. I couldn’t ever have one of them though I wanted those Apex, MO, DVD-RAM drives so much. Well, that is, most people want to have those without grasp.
That may be the case, but the Pioneer drive is on the market now competing against the GSA-4163B. Also, Plextor’s 16x drive was even released to market before LG’s and it is receiving these features via firmware upgrades.
Panasonic to introduce 16x DVDRW , the news write upgrade to 4x dvd-dl ?
is it same oem with LG-HITACHI 4163B ?
Saw them (Pioneer A09) at BB today $127.00. Black,Beige,and Silver there.