Which DVD burner to get?

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#1

Hi,
I’m planning on buying a reasonably priced DVD burner. After searching the net, my choice narrowed down to Lite-On and NEC (my budget is around $80). For NEC there is one model that is the ND2500A but there are 2 models for Lite-On LDW 811S and SHOW 812S, which is better? (I’m guessing it’s the SHOW model since its about $10 more expensive). What is the difference?. I read that you can hack the 812S to a 832S (with dual layer support), can the 811S be hacked to support dual layer too ?.
And what about the compatibility with cheap DVD±R brands? I am not that interested in dual layer support, though it’s a nice feature to have. My main worries are with DVDR compatibility issues, speed is not an issue for me either. So what do you guys think ? Is there a better option in the range of $80 ? Thanks.


#2

Get the NEC 2500A. It is the best value out there. It has amazing writing capabilities and outperforms the Lite-On when it comes to compatibility and cheap media. I believe www.newegg.com has it ~$70.00, free shipping.
I personally bought the Dual Layer model 2510 (90.00), but honestly, it will be some time before DL media sells at reasonable price…


#3

Thanks for the quick reply. Have you tried cheap DVDR brands in yours ? Like Princo etc?
And is the ND2510 and ND2500 same drive with only dual layer support difference? Because I read somewhere that both drives are identical in hardware but runs on different firmware and that you can hack the ND2500 to be a ND2510. Is it true ?


#4

I have only used ritek media for now. read this review, it shows that the NEC is the best when it comes to cheap media. Lite - On is better when it comes to copy protected CD’s, mostly games (I believe)


#5

optiplex-

As a satisfied Lite-On owner, I’ve got to chip in with my two cents.

mladenpetkov is right on the money saying that the NEC 2500A has better compatibility with cheap media. But Lite-On drives have a real enthusiast following (especially here at CD-Freaks). From the K-Probe burn quality tester to the just released auto bit-setting/speedhacking/burn adjust/swiss army knife tool (thanks codeguys :slight_smile: :bow: ), Lite-On owners have access to a plethora of great tools and tweaks for their drives.

If you are looking for a drive as a utilitarian tool to work with, the NEC is a great burner and will do everything you need. But if you like to tinker and tweak your hardware to get the best results from it, the Lite-On IMHO can’t be beat.


#6

hmm what about the pioneer dvd burner ?