Sony announces the DRU-700A and the DRX-700UL double layer DVD burners

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I just posted the article Sony announces the DRU-700A and the DRX-700UL double layer DVD burners.

 A while ago some pictures and  info showed  up about Sony's first double layer DVD+R burner and today Sony has  officially announced the new models, the DRU-700A and the DRX-700UL. The...
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#2

This is nice, but the Philips DVDRW1640K is nicer. Can’t wait to get hold of one, but I suspect DL media are going to be hard to come by for quite a while yet.


#3

It would be nice to see them add an 8MB buffer someday. As for the Philips, well, I’ve not seen great quality control in their CDRW drives, which I found to be rather flimsy. It probably looks good on paper, but I’d wait for someone else to go dual layer with.


#4

plextor double layer will crown king


#5

Well its pretty and with a nice price, i hope it has the write quality to go with it.


#6

Sony? Whats all this “Double Layer” shit! Its “DUAL LAYER”. Sounds far better!


#7

I do not see the selling point for this drive. I think Sony would have been better off increasing the DVD+R write speed to 12X and adding dual layer cabability, rather than releasing a slightly improved DRU 530. I see this drive as a stop gap between the current DRU 530 and the future 12X burner that will be available in the third Quarter of the year.


#8

Shadowmatrix, I dont really think the main issue is how “fast” the drive can write. The main thing is dual layer writing capabilities. At last we’ll be able to make “real” 1 to 1 backups of our favorite DVD movies without having to consume time for re-encoding and losing quality.


#9

And for data-storage freaks (like me), it means that my backups will take up less physical space… :slight_smile:


#10

@ Discman The official name for the technology is “Double Layer”! I know, “Dual Layer” sounds better, but those are the brakes! http://www.dvdrw.com/press/doublelayer.htm As far as having a 2MB buffer, how does the DRU-530A perform? I’m currently still using Sony’s last model that had an 8MB buffer (the DRU-510A), and my buffer has never gone below 97%. I don’t think it will be an issue. Most other drives now have 2MB buffers anyway.


#11

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.


#12

The speed concern may be moot because if they support it anything like past drives (I still have a 500A bought as soon as they cam out) they will likely release a firmware upgrade to bump it one notch. My worry would be that the - dual/double layer support isn’t out yet, and for that the would likely need or want to to release a new model to either satisfy chipset requirements or generate additional revenue depending on the case.


#13

OK :d