Sony BWU-300S Blu ray burner review

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We check out the latest 8x Blu-ray burner from Sony, the BWU-300S

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[B]The Sony BWU-300S Blu-ray burner review.[/B]

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Thanks for the in-depth review Dee.

Since you reviewed both Pioneer BDR-203BK and this Sony BWU-300S, how is the Sony compared to Pioneer? :wink:

Thank you [B]Dee[/B], as usual another great review.

I saw Sony BWU-300 in my local store and deciding between this one and LG BH08LS20, both about same price.

I read reviews online from other website and cdfreask, both look good. But what do you mean by slow ripping performance in your review? it is not mention in other review website, you mentioned twice in one paragraph. How slow and can you give exampels?

“CD-Audio, DVD-Video , and more importantly, BD-Video [B]ripping performance is rather slow[/B]. The rips obtained are good quality, and the Sony BWU-300S proved to be a reliable ripping drive. [B]But, the ripping speed is rather slow[/B]. This may not be a problem for CD-Audio and DVD-Video ripping, as many users will have a DVD burner that they can use for this purpose, and a DVD burner is very cheap to buy.”

[QUOTE=zevia;2294329]Thanks for the in-depth review Dee.

Since you reviewed both Pioneer BDR-203BK and this Sony BWU-300S, how is the Sony compared to Pioneer? ;)[/QUOTE]

better question is it worth the extra 150+ dollars? For the price of one Sony, you can buy a two 6x BD-Bunrers, or one 8X Burner and BD-Rom.

[B]That is a huge price premium[/B]

Sony $369 to $561 from 55 sellers
http://www.google.com/products/catalog?hl=en&q=Sony+BWU-300S&cid=17022720271377291705&sa=title#ps-sellers

LG 8X from $219
http://www.google.com/products?q=LG+BH08LS20&hl=en&scoring=p

Pioneer 8x from $209 (newegg had it for 190 once)
http://www.google.com/products?q=Pioneer+BDR-203BK&hl=en&scoring=p

Thanks for the comments.
I really prefer not to pick one review drive over another, as i think both the Sony BWU-300S and Pioneer BDR-203BK are both very good drives.

But in summary:
The Sony BWU-300S is certainly a faster CD-R reader and writer.
They are about equal for DVD-R, but the Pioneer supports more media at its rated speed and burns with better quality, IMO.
The Sony BWU-300S is slightly faster at burning BD-R at 8x, but then, the Pioneer BDR-203BK supports more media at 8x.
The Pioneer BDR-203BK (out the box) is a faster CD/DVD/BD ripper.
Yes i know the riplock can quite easily be defeated on the Sony BWU-300S, but these tricks don’t come in the box. :wink:

Then there is the price difference. So draw your own conclusion. :slight_smile:

@joshendi
Welcome to CD Freaks.
You can find examples in the “ripping tests” in the [B]Real World tests[/B] page in the review.
http://www.cdfreaks.com/reviews/Sony-BWU-300S-Blu-ray-burner-review/Real-World-tests.html

Thanks for the great review Dee

I see… you did “ripping tests” with DVDFab. But in real world people dont use DVDFab only? I want to see other bluray test with Anydvd, and other tools? I own AnyDVD but not DVDFab. I have downloaded DVDFab HD Decrypter, can you test that please? I say real world is what everyone using and sure not only 1 software?

The 2x BD riplock is triggered when a BD player software like PowerDVD or WinDVD, or DVDFab is reading the disk. The riplock stays active as long as the tray is not opened, so cdspeed TRTs are also slow now. When AnyDVD is active the riplock is not triggered, the drive reads at high speed.
My guess is that reading the Volume ID needed to get the Volume Unique Key triggers the riplock. AnyDVD probably does not read the Volume ID in most cases and uses the Volume Unique Key from a database instead. When AnyDVD is running the player software does not see that the disk is protected, so it does not try to access the Volume ID -> the riplock is not triggered.

[QUOTE=joshendi;2294503]I see… you did “ripping tests” with DVDFab. But in real world people dont use DVDFab only? I want to see other bluray test with Anydvd, and other tools? I own AnyDVD but not DVDFab. I have downloaded DVDFab HD Decrypter, can you test that please? I say real world is what everyone using and sure not only 1 software?[/QUOTE]The purpose of the test to find out which drives have encryption riplock (not to be confused with VIDEO_TS riplock). That is why i chose to use DVDFab. Using AnyDVD no longer is just testing what the hardware is able to do out of the box, but also testing what the software can do.

@Ala42
Thanks for the great explanation of what it is that likely triggers encryption riplock.
I could never have explained it so well.:flower:

Thank you Dee, as usual another great review.

Michael xxx

[QUOTE=nekrosoft13;2294464]better question is it worth the extra 150+ dollars? For the price of one Sony, you can buy a two 6x BD-Bunrers, or one 8X Burner and BD-Rom.

[B]That is a huge price premium[/B]

Pioneer 8x from $209 (newegg had it for 190 once)
http://www.google.com/products?q=Pioneer+BDR-203BK&hl=en&scoring=p[/QUOTE]

Pioneer is now $199 shipped at newegg. Maybe next 15% off sale it’ll be $170!

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According to a sales rep at Sony, they discontinued the BWU-300S. Sounds like they created a superior product, and then surrendered to Pioneer without even a fight. :frowning:

actually, its inferior to both the LG and Pioneer. Too expensive too.

[QUOTE=PurpleFalcon;2312688]According to a sales rep at Sony, they discontinued the BWU-300S. Sounds like they created a superior product, and then surrendered to Pioneer without even a fight. :([/QUOTE]

price killed this one trick pony