Recommendation for DVD burner with excellent DVD player compatibility

vbimport

#1

Hi,

for a mini DVD production I will need to burn a LOT of DVDs next week. I would like to use all of my available PCs for this and thought about purchasing 2 external slim dvd burners. I guess in favor of better burn quality I will prefer to buy regular 3.5" burners instead and put them into external enclosures.

In my desktop PC I have used a Benq DW1620 for ages now and always gotten good results with it, I don’t have any clue as to what are good drives nowadays.

The main factors are:

  • should produce very compatible DVDs for use on DVD players (since this is what I buy them for)

The DVDs will be printed and packaged by a printing company and they told me that they will be TDK DVD-Rs. I will burn them at 4x-6x speed…

  • affordable (I just add this to mean: not 200+)

I read about the Optiarc 724x in another thread, would these be a good recommendation?

I guess any external enclosure will do, right? If not, do you have any suggestions?

Many thanks!

Markus


#2

Not choosing slmitype drives is a good idea.
But think again about the media brand, namely TDK…


#3

sadly i cannot choose the media…it will be supplied by the printing and labeling company


#4

Hi,[QUOTE=estin;2561915]
for a mini DVD production I will need to burn a LOT of DVDs next week. I would like to use all of my available PCs for this and thought about purchasing 2 external slim dvd burners.[/quote]Stay clear of those.

I guess in favor of better burn quality I will prefer to buy regular 3.5" burners instead and put them into external enclosures.

This is the better option. :iagree:

  • affordable (I just add this to mean: not 200+)
    Depends on your local currency. :wink:
    Internal Sata DVD writers start at ~20 Euro here. Plus the enclosure.

I read about the Optiarc 724x in another thread, would these be a good recommendation?

I don’t have personal experience with these, but the results posted look good. Another option seems to be Samsungs SH-S243x models.

I guess any external enclosure will do, right? If not, do you have any suggestions?

I am not sure about that. Sometimes there are compatibility issues.

Personally, I have good experience with LG’s GE20NU[I]10[/I] (or its Lightscribe sibling GE20LU[I]10[/I]) Unfortunately, these are already replaced by successor models, and I have no idea about the performance of these.

Michael


#5

Hi Michael,

would be EURO for me too :wink: Is this the one you were referring to:

http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a349897.html

(it’s missing the “10” at the end)

If so, this seems like a good deal as the enclosure is already…enclosed ^^

Would you say that you had good quality burns with these drives? I’d really like to achieve maximum compatibility with DVD players, I guess there will always be some DVD players that are a little picky though, right?

I will also check out the Samsung, the LG really caught my attention though because it’s already shipped with the enclosure…

Thanks

Markus


#6

You should ask your printing and labeling company to tell you the exact Media IDentification code (MID) of those DVD-R.

Somebody please correct me, but afaict:

GE20NU10 & LU10 = desktop drives GH20NS10 & LS10 OR GH20NS15 & LS15

GE20NU11 & LU11 = desktop drives GH22NS40 & LS40

Maybe you can find some scans of TDK DVD-R to check how they work with those drives:

In this thread http://club.myce.com/f91/lg-gh22ns-ls40-258473/index2.html there are no TDK scans,
but i guess there should be no [I]big[/I] difference to the GH20 results.

Optiarc 7240/7241/7243 scans:


#7

Hi,

thank you for identifiying which drives these external models use!

I actually received the test samples today…the media i got has the manufacturer code “TTH02”

I found a couple of scans with this code, I don’t have any experience in interepreting the test results though. If it’s not too much of a hassle I would be very glad if someone could point me in the right direction or give me a quick overview over how this media fares with the LG and Optiarc drives.

Any recommendations like: “I would definitely go with…” would be excellent too :slight_smile:

Many thanks for your help.

Markus


#8

In the GH20NS10 I found some scans that seem to be at very low quality scores for this media, some even fail completely…does this mean I should prefer the Optiarc drives?

I found this external enclosure which is available at a local store:

http://geizhals.at/deutschland/a337793.html

It’s near no-name, but should suffice? Or should I prefer a brand name enclosure?


#9

TTH02 isn’t the best media at all, depoending on the origin, the results are very variable.
As far as I know, the GE20NU10 should be a GH20NS15 (but I haven’t a proof for that at hand).

If the Optiarc scans lokk better for that media, then indeed they are to prefer then.

Michael