This post from http://www.cdrinfo.com/forum/topic.asp?whichpage=1&ARCHIVEVIEW=&TOPIC_ID=4763 may clarify things.
Topic author: john
Replied on: 05/20/2002 09:21:38
Its true that Sony uses LiteOn for their recorders…The indrustry is moving too fast and some companies cannot afford to invest money for R&D so they use other people’s technology. Its not so bad but limits our buying options.
As for P-CAV from Plextor, we will have to wait and see. If Sanyo doesn’t release such chipset, Plextor cannot make it, unless they change to MediaTek or other manufacturer, which seems un-likely to happen.
Perhaps around middle of June, Plextor announce something new (?)
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Topic author: Clint
Replied on: 05/21/2002 01:26:37
Sony isn’t making P-CAV recorders, it’s just rebadgeing the Lite-On LTR-40125W. It supports P-CAV and Mt. Rainier.
Sony CRX-175A1 is a rebadged Lite-On 24102B.
You’ve got to be kidding?!!! Sony, would do such a thing? Man, who can you trust in the industry?!!!
I know… Sad but true
But as John says, the industry is moveing very rapidly, especially the last year or so.
Sony’s drives look cool, and when you have a Lite-On inside you just need MTKFLASH to turn it into an actual Lite-On drive in the ID-string, and in return, receive the latest firmware updates to rid the bugs and add more media.
BUT you are paying the extra for the “Sony” name…
You get what you pay for…