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Sony offers three new multi-format DVD/CD rewritable drives

Written by James Delahunty (Google+) @ 07 Aug 2007 19:16 User comments (15)

Sony offers three new multi-format DVD/CD rewritable drives Sony Electronics has unveiled new dual format DVD/CD recordable drives, featuring three designs to deliver the industry's fastest recording speeds. The 840 series of drives is Sony's latest crop of multi-format DVD burners that support 20X DVD±R recording speeds, delivering a full 4.7 GB disc of video, data, music or images on standard 16X DVD+R media in about five minutes. In addition, the drives can record on 8.5GB DVD+R Double/Dual layer and 4.7GB DVD+RW discs at 12X speed.
The internal DRU-840A drive and external DRX-840U burner come bundled with the Nero 7 Express DVD/CD software. The new DRX-S70U burner has a slim design to compliment a notebook or desktop PC, supports 8X DVD±R recording speeds, and comes with a full version of the Nero 7 software suite. All three burners support both dual and double layer formats, as well as CD-R/RW recording.

The internal DRU-840A drive uses the ATAPI interface for easy installation inside a PC, and includes a black replacement bezel for matching to black-colored PC cases. The external DRX-840U drive features a space-efficient vertical design and uses the USB (USB 2.0) digital interface for simple setup.

"Our new high speed drives were designed at the optimum price/performance level for consumers looking to store and share home movies, digital photos and music. They are also fit for businesses deploying DVD video-based training and sharing large files, as well as for filmmakers creating prototypes on recordable/rewritable DVD discs before proceeding with mass replication," said Robert DeMoulin, marketing manager for branded storage products in Sony Electronics’ IT Products Division.

Both models support 20X DVD±R, 12X DVD±R DL, 12X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, and 12X DVD-RAM for data backup, as well as 48X CD-R and 32X CD-RW recording speeds. The slim external DRX-S70U burner supports 8X DVD±R, 4X DVD±R DL, 8X DVD+RW, 6X DVD-RW, 5X DVD-RAM, and 24X CD-R/RW recording speeds. It also comes with a high speed USB interface for maximum flexibility.

The internal DRU-840A drive is now available for about $70; the external DRX-840U burner is expected to ship next month for around $110; and the slim DRX-S70U drive will also be available next month for about $130.

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15 user comments

18.8.2007 1:09

Sony can offer whatever they like. I will never buy anything from them ever again.

28.8.2007 2:25

Sounds all very similar to the 20x Lite-On Burner. Maybe because it is!

38.8.2007 5:56

Why someone would burn at anything higher than 4X is beyond me.

48.8.2007 13:40

Originally posted by JezQuig:
Sony can offer whatever they like. I will never buy anything from them ever again.
If this is the case then why did you bother to read this article?

Originally posted by vtowner:
Why someone would burn at anything higher than 4X is beyond me.
I burn CD, DVD, PS2, Music, Movies, Games, Apps and everything else at max speed and I never have any problems. Why would you want to wait for 4x to finish when it could be done so much faster?

58.8.2007 16:54

Quote:
Why would you want to wait for 4x to finish when it could be done so much faster?
You will probably run in to problems down the road if you burn at max speed. I learned that the hard way with the movies that i burned at 16x whenever i first started to burn dvd's. Even with Verbatim discs they skipped a lot whenever i burnt them at 16x, but now i know what i'm doing and only burn at 4x. And i hope the same things happen to you.

68.8.2007 17:51

Earliest movies date back to 2002(SVCD). Sony Media is, for the most part, all I use. No problems yet. Keep up the hope though.

79.8.2007 2:30

Last year I know I burned over 500 cds and another 400 dvds at various speeds but most at max or near speeds and I had very little problems. I had to NEC 3550A silver drives and they were great.

Yes sometimes movie media would skip but it wasn't unbearable and I could have contributed that to many causes other then just the burn speed rate. You could contribute that to the actual avi or bin/cue files you convert, the conversion software you use to convert your video to dvd-video files or just your burning rom or a combination of all.

89.8.2007 7:28

"If this is the case then why did you bother to read this article?"

I didn't. Just the headline.

99.8.2007 16:28
rick5446
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The term being SVCD..These are a total different format then DVD
SVCD are on a CD not a DVD,speeds are regulated differently.My personal Opinion for longivity,slower is better.Also at higher speeds U are more likely to have bad sectors,created by Firmware,& DVD Writer[laser]..Been their Done that

109.8.2007 16:28
rick5446
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The term being SVCD..These are a total different format then DVD
SVCD are on a CD not a DVD,speeds are regulated differently.My personal Opinion for longivity,slower is better.Also at higher speeds U are more likely to have bad sectors,created by Firmware,& DVD Writer[laser]..Been their Done that

1114.8.2007 22:05

I've had similar problems burning at high speeds. 6x seems to be the highest speed that I can reliably play back a movie on all the DVD players that I own. I still burn my long term data (got to archive that porn and stuff) at 1 or 2X.

1216.8.2007 23:00

I'm still sticking to my guns, I have been a sony customer for 30 years, after the rootkit scandal they can kiss my ass and will never buy anything sony again.

1317.8.2007 17:07

Sony may be bad in other things but i dont see any problems with their optical drives.

1418.8.2007 1:43

It's not their drives, it's their ethics.

1526.11.2007 21:51

I just picked up the SONY DRX-840U External Multi-Format DVD Burner 20x $89.99. It's my 4th SONY optical drive. No replacements, just add on's. Circuit City price matched COMPUSA's price. They make quality optical drives, Yeah I know the replies will be...."SONY don't make nuthin, Lite-On or BENQ does" Which is even a better reason cause those guys make good stuff too. They just get it to SONY 1st. I really don't know who makes this latest 20x version though. I also picked up NERO 8 Ultra Edition....NIIIIIICE, SWEEEET!
$64.00 online @ the NERO website.

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