I would ask about Sony BD-5300S drive which is on sale at Newegg for $74.99.
Is this drive worth purchase or is it not up to par with other drives?
Rumor has it that the Sony Optiarc BD-5300S is a relabeled LiteOn iHBS112-29.
See the iHBS112 review at http://www.myce.com/review/liteon-ihbs112-bd-rewriter-review-32890/ => Not a good CD burner, DVD burning is OK and apart from the BD-R LTH failure it seems to be a good Blu-ray burner.
the OEM, original equipment manufacturer, of BD 5300s is Sony Optiarc, not Liteon. It isn't a relabeled Liteon ihbs112, but it uses the same board and chipset.
..Optiarc BD 5300s has no failures with BD-R LTH
@ TP. When it comes to Blu Ray burners please don't look for the cheapest deals or "what's wort to buy" or not recommendations.
I'm well aware that this add might be somewhat off topic but to my experience drives with Renesas chipset like LG and Pio are a little more expensive but after all worth all the money.My Pio BDR206 and LG bhxxx35/ 38 are compatible with all current media and they even overspeed most of them without involving MCSE.
Darn. I was really hoping this was an NEC chipped Optiarc. My LG's are agreeable, but the first one is failing prematurely. Possibly only with LTH media though. I'm hopeful, but leery about burning anymore with it.
Are there ANY NEC chipped Optiarcs yet? Every Optiarc I've ever bought was HIGHLY impressive. They just don't know how to quit LOL! Now don't go feeling good about yourselves $ony. They're not your burners, they're NEC's!7200A 7200S 7240S 7260S