Which liteon?

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#1

primary use scanning, ripping
secondary use burning dvd’s on premium media

TIA


#2

At the moment i wouldn’t by any liteon drive untill they sort out the firmware problum with -R disks and the lead in gap.After they have sorted it the drives will be good again.


#3

Get any of the 6S (or failing that, the 5S) series drives. For your intended purposes, I’d go with the SHW-160P6S. Excellent drive, except for burning DVD-R discs (the aforementioned lead-in problem) but a new firmware that fixes it should be out soon.

Of course, keep in mind that Lite-Ons have a riplock and Omnipatcher doesn’t yet support patching 5S and 6S firmware.


#4

well the riplock can have it’s advantages, as long as the reads are good, not writting
-R media is not, most of my critical video backups go on TY-G02’s or 03’s.

does a 1693 scan better than a 6S series drive?


#5

Yeah, the reads are quite good, and I’ve seen it peak at ~6800 kB/sec (~4.9x) – not exactly sluggish. The drive is very silent throughout the process, unlike my BenQ which sounds like a turbine engine at times.

The -R write quality is very good, it’s only that the lead-in issue makes it difficult for some standalone DVD players to recognise. There are already test firmwares for other 5S and 6S models that have fixed the lead-in problem (and added new features). The 160P6S should receive its on Monday, if not earlier.

Not sure if the 1693S is a better scanner, but I’d guess they’re both about the same.


#6

thanks alexan,
160P6S it is!


#7

You’re welcome :slight_smile: When you get your drive, update to the latest firmware – test or stable. I’ve upgraded to PV7U (the current test FW) and it has fixed the lead-in issue.

Have fun :slight_smile:


#8

The 1693S is the best scanner I have ever owned - sorts out old disks much more accurately than any other - accepting disks which are still not too bad and rejecting disks which really are bad.

If any other Liteon is better I would like to know as I would be happy to buy another writer.


#9

Have you compared it with any of the 5S and 6S series drives?


#10

hi guys, this is my first post. im gonna buy a DVD-RW soon. i think Lite-On is my choice based on what i have read here & based on the support this forum is giving to it. 12,000+ threads vs the rest is just convincing. but i still want to get your opinion of what im goin to buy. i havent owned any DVD Drive yet. i only got a sony cd-rw here. im from the Philippines & Lite-On drive here got cheapest price…

what version of lite-on do u suggest for me to buy?

this is wats available in the pricelist:

Lite-On SOHW 160PS = 2,750 Php (53.82 USD)
Lite-On SOHW 1693S = 2,550 Php (49.90 USD)

other drives:

LG 16x GSA Dvd-Writer = 2,600 Php (50.88 USD)

SONY DRU-810A = 3250 Php (63.60 USD)
SONY DW-G120AB2 = 2820 Php (55.77 USD)

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thnx in advance guys! more power to this forum! :iagree:


#11

I don’t understand why the 1693s should be considered unless it’s significantly cheaper; it was a good drive for its time, but there are many newer drives with better functionality.

Out of that list, I would get the 160P6s because of the plethora of utilities now available for it (booktyping, hypertuning, overspeed, rpc1)


#12

Well then, convince me why i [I]shouldn’t[/I] get this LITE-ON 16X DVD±R DVD Burner White ATAPI/E-IDE Model SHW160P6S03 - OEM for $37 shipped :bigsmile:


#13

I would be quite happy to get a more modern Liteon – to be used only for scanning---- if a new Liteon was more reliable as a scanner. Do you have any thoughts on whether the 160P6S is a better scanner ?


#14

I can’t comment on 6S drives, I don’t use it for scanning. I use my 1635s extensively, and the results @8x are not very different from older liteons @4x


#15

this is a noob question… but what is scanner? i dont have any idea… i know it burns disc but what is “scanning”?


#16

Maybe I am old, but I still stick with the 1693s…if you get a good one it’s going to be hard to beat. I haven’t used any of the 5’s or newer yet. When I got this 1693 that I have now, I had a Benq1640…I wasn’t a bad drive, I guess I just have had more time with Liteon. I had a chance to get either the 1635 or the 1693…this was back when they still were having a major problem with the 5’s firmware. If and when I buy another drive unless something changes drastically it will be another 1693s. This is strictly opinion, and based on my own performance.

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#17

@slimzky: scanning a disc analyses its error levels and is considered a good indicator of burn quality and media quality. Read more:

http://club.cdfreaks.com/showthread.php?t=96285

I haven’t owned a 1693S, but the 5S and 6S series drives are newer, will be officially supported longer, and receive newer features.

Generally, Lite-On drives have consistently improved with each generation, so I’d go for a 6S drive.