I’m getting a bit confused about this Sony/Optiarc/NEC deal.
I was going to buy an NEC 7173A, but my supplier said they’re out of stock and can send me a Sony AW-G170 instead, it’s a bit cheaper too.
Is the AW-G170 the same hardware as the AD7170 (the LabelFlash-less version of the 7173A) but with Sony branding instead of NEC?
I’ve seen Liggy/Dee’s firmware page, and it seems that they have firmware for the G170 and the AD7170, can you use either firmware on either drive, or are they locked to their brand or something?
Could you maybe cross-flash a Sony AW-G170 to an NEC 7173A?!
I’ve always kept away from Sony products full stop, and have always gone NEC for DVD burners, but if both brands are essentially marketing the same drive (manufactured by NEC?) I guess it’s OK to go either way.
Basically I’m asking are the Sony drives the same as the NEC drives, but under a different name, and can you use either firmware?