Toshiba SD-M1802, Pioneer DVD-120, or Lite-On XJ-HD166?

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#1

which one would be better in terms of:

  1. performance/reliability
  2. noise level

Thanks!


#2

In order of most favorable to least favorable, from 1 - 3, IMO, it goes as follows.

  1. Lite-On XJ-HD166
  2. Toshiba SD-M1802
  3. Pioneer DVD-120

You will notice the Lite-On XJ-HD166 is part of my rig.

It is also currently the only drive that will tolerate Safedisc 3.1x backups.


#3

Thanks for the recommendation! I’m now looking at the Lite-on as the one to get, based on your recommendation, its popularity on these boards, and price. :smiley:

Are there any firmware patches available for it that help it perform better? i.e., region unlock, etc.


#4

Yes there are, DVD-Roms also have firmware updates and tools for region unlocking. Especially Lite-ons. They even have a tool called K-Probe which Identifies balnk media dye, AND tests it for potential durability and longetivity.

The website you seek if you buy the Lite-on drive is this one:
http://www.jlms.com.tw/download.htm

To set Region or make region free you will need this tool:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?postid=508389#post508389

If you wanna try K-Probe its here:
http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?s=&threadid=78353

Hope those help you. :wink:


#5

The Lite-On is def a good choice. I don’t know about the Toshiba - I mean a Tosh drive with a Via chipset? Why?


#6

http://hijacker.rpc1.org/toshiba_nolimit/

http://forum.firmware-flash.com/viewtopic.php?t=18327

Check these sites about Toshiba DVD-ROMS. TOSHIBA IS KNOWN to manufacture quiet DVD-ROMS. You’ll see there are hack firmwares for most of the TOSHIBA DVD-ROMS including the new 1802. :slight_smile:


PLEXTOR 708A DUAL DVD BURNER
PLEXTOR 40X12X40 CD BURNER
PLEXTOR 48X24X48 CD BURNER
TOSHIBA 1612 DVD-ROM (2)
TOSHIBA 1712 DVD-ROM (1)


#7

I’ve always liked toshiba’s cause yes they are very quiet. BUT, very picky. By that I mean for running backup’s of games with protection They are less tolerable than Litey’s. And they are slower in general to read burns, any burn, data, music, game, etc…

Thats just from my experience with a Toshiba sdm-1212. Older 6x model.


#8

Toshiba SD-M1802 Read Tests.