SiC, I understand your point that with Dual Layer capability you will be able to create 1 to 1 copies of consumer DVD without re-encoding. I however do not understand why Sony decided to release this drive at a maximum 8X writing speed, when it would have made sense to market the dual layer capability in a 12X drive. Unless Sony plans to stop selling the DRU 530 and replace it with this new drive, it will cannibalize the sales of the DRU 530. I own and am very pleased with my Plextor PX-708A, and would not replace that drive with this model just for the added ability of Dual Layer burning. I still maintain that this drive is a stop gap for Sony until they release a 12 Dual Layer burner in the third quarter of the year. If I am not mistaken, the Philips 12x Dual Layer burner should be on the market by early spring, so why would a potential buyer entertain the idea of purchasing this Sony drive if a faster and equally reliable drive is available at a similar price point.