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Appeared on: Tuesday, February 08, 2005
LiteOn SOHW-1653S


1. Introduction - Retail Package
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

Introduction - Retail Package

LiteON recently released their latest 16X recorder, following on the footsteps of other manufacturers. The new LiteON SOHW-1653S supports up to 16X DVD+R recording speed, being capable of burning a full Single Layer disc in almost 5:50mins.

The drive also supports writing speeds of 12X for DVD-R, 4X for DVD+RW and DVD-RW, and 4X recording speed for Double Layer media. When it comes to CD writing speeds, the drive can write CDs at 48X and can rewrite at 24X.

- Features

- Specifications

DVD Family:  
Write DVD+R 16X(21600KB/sec) maximum by CAV
  DVD-R 12X(16200KB/sec) maximum by CAV
  DVD+R9 4X(5400KB/sec) maximum by CLV
ReWrite DVD+RW 4X(5400KB/sec) by CLV
  DVD-RW 4X(5400KB/sec) by CLV
Read 16X(21600KB/sec) maximum by CAV
Access time 160ms
CD Family :  
Write CD-R 48X(7200KB/sec) maximum by P-CAV
ReWrite CD-RW 24X(3600KB/sec) maximum by Z-CLV in UltraSpeed disc
Read 48X(7200KB/sec) maximum by CAV
Access time 160ms
Buffer Size : 2MB
PC Required : Pentium III 450MHz or faster CPU and 128MB or higher RAM are required 650MB HDD available capacity; and 5GB free space for creating a DVD image file
Compatibility : MS-Windows 98 / NT4.0 / ME / 2000 / XP
MTBF(Life) : 70000 Hours
S/N Ratio : >75dB
Environment :  
Operating 5 C to 45 C ;Relative Humidity: 15% to 80%
Non-Operating -40 C to 60 C ; Relative Humidity: 15% to 95%
Dimension : 145(W) x 41.3(H) x 170(D) mm
Weight : <0.9 Kg
Voltage Requirements : +5V +/-5% and less than 100 mVp-p ripple voltage
+12V +/-5% and less than 200 mVp-p ripple voltage
   
*1 SMART-BURN : Smart Monitoring & Adapting Recording Technology for BURNing.
*2 SMART-X : Smart Monitoring & Adjusting Read-speed Technology for eXtraction.
*3

VAS : Vibration Absorber System

Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:




The drive also uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. However, since this is a LiteOn drive, you can set the drive to region free using several readily available utilities such as Kprobe.


- European Retail Package

The retail package includes the LiteON SOHW-1653S, a quick installation guide, audio cable, mounting screws, DVD+R and DVD-R media. Also included are CDs with application software, DVD authoring, writing and editing software, DVD playback software, BackUp software and User Manual. Nero 6 is also included for all your writing/authoring needs along with PowerDVD 5 for playing your favourite DVDs.

The front panel is the same as on previous LiteON models, with the activity led lighting up green when the device is active. Also on the front, the user will discern the DVD+R Double Layer logo.

The rear panel has the usual analogue and digital outputs, IDE connector and power input connector.


Opening the device's case voids your warranty, so we advise against it. Instead, use the photos in this review for a closer look under the hood. Clicking on the image below will reveal a high resolution image:

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and under Windows XP SP2, recognized as "LITE-ON DVDRW SOHW-1653S ". For this review, the drive was flashed with firmware version CS07. Below is a screenshot from Nero Burning Rom, showing supported options such as overburn and buffer under-run protection.

During this review, we will be comparing the LITE-ON SOHW-1653S burner with the NEC ND-3500A, The BenQ DW 1620A and the Pioneer DVR-108 burners.


2. Transfer Rate Reading Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

Transfer Rate Reading Tests

- CD Format

The LiteON SOHW-1653S supports up to 48X reading speed for CD-R media and 24X for CD-RW media. Below are the transfer rate graphs, where we compare its performance against the other three drives:




As we can see from our tests, with CDR/CD media the drive has the fastest reading speeds in the comparison. Using CDRW media, the 1653S was, even if only marginally, the slowest reader.

- DVD Format


With Single Layer media, the LiteON SOHW-1653S was the fastest drive in the comparison but speed differences between all four drives are very marginal. With Dual Layere DVD media, the Pioneer DVR-108 was way out in front.


The first layer of an OTP dual layer DVD-ROM is read exactly the same way as the first layer of the PTP disc we tested previously. The difference here is the reading strategy of the second layer of the disc. The beginning of the second layer is located in the outer part of the disc, so the drive starts reading from the outer tracks toward the inner part of the disc. The resulting graph is steady signifying good reading performance while the average reading speed for the Lite-On drive was 6.11x.



With DVD±R media, the 1653S was the slowest, reaching a maximum reading speed of ~6.2X. With ReWritable media, the difference in reading speeds between the drives is negligible. The Lite-On drive as was the case with the BenQ drive, maintained the same, steady speed of just over 6X, regardless of the media format.

Average performance for all drives...

- Appendix

Nero CD-DVD Speed Graphs


3. CD Error Correction Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CD Error Correction Tests

In the following tests, we check the drive's behavior when it comes to reading scratched / defective discs. The test discs we use are the ABEX series from ALMEDIO.

- ABEX TCD-721R


Errors total
Num: 897874
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 51003 Avg: -74.1 dB(A) Max: -19.7 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 2891 Avg: 1.0 Samples Max: 11 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 2 Avg: 558.0 Samples Max: 588 Samples
Total Test Result
62.7 points (out of 100.0 maximum)
C2 Accuracy
99.7 %

The total error count was low even though the maximum error loudness level was high at -19.7dB. Despite also having low loudness error and muted samples error counts, the drive managed to notch up skipped samples meaming it couldn't correct all errors. In general, the drive's performance was not that encouraging with this test disc.

- ABEX TCD-726



Errors total
Num:
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 0
Avg: -174.0 dB(A)
Max: -174.0 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 0
Avg: 0 Samples
Max: 0 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 0
Avg: 0 Samples
Max: 0 Samples
Total Test Result
100.0 points (out of 100.0 maximum)

The behavior of drive was much better in this case where it managed to correct all the disc's errors. The result was a perfect 100.

- CD-Check Audio Test Disc

The CD-Check Test Disc is a very useful tool for evaluating the Sound Reproduction / Error correction capabilities of a CD player. The disc offers a signal combination with disc error patterns to rate the drive's ability to read music and reproduce it completely. Five tracks on the disc contain a sequence of progressively difficult tests. These tracks are referred as Check Level -1 through Check Level -5.

The tracks are reproduced (played) through a software multimedia player (i.e. Windows Media Player). Each level is considered as passed, if the tone coming out from the speakers is smooth, continuous without interruptions, skipping or looping. The higher the Check Level passed, the more reliable the sound reproduction of the tested device.

Error Level
1
2
3
4
5
LiteON SOHW-1653S
5/5
5/5
5/5
0/5
0/5

The drive passed the first three Check Levels of the test. The performance reveals average sound reproduction and error correction. The fourth and the fifth levels include an error size of 1.125mm and 1.500mm respectively, and the drive produced continuous audible clicks over those tracks.


4. DVD Error Correction Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

DVD Error Correction Tests

In the following tests, we examine the DVD reading capabilities of the LiteOn SOHW-1653S drive with scratched / defective DVD media. For the tests we used CDVD Benchmark and Nero CDSpeed. The reference test media comes from ALMEDIO.

- Single Layer media
ABEX TDR-821

This is a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM with 4.7GB capacity, and its surface has an artificial scratch of dimensions varying from 0.4 to 3.0 mm. The following transfer rate picture comes from the CDVD Benchmark v1.21 transfer rate test.



The LiteON SOHW-1653S managed to read this test disc without errors despite reducing speed towards the end of the disc, where strangely enough, there are no defects. Nevertheless, good performance.

ABEX TDR-825

This is also a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM of 4.7GB capacity. The data structure of the disc is exactly the same as that of the TDR-821, with the difference that there are no scratches on it but instead, defective areas of dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.1 mm. There are also fingerprints sized between 65 and 75 micrometers.



Similar behavior as with the 821 test disc. The disc was read without errors, but the 1653S reduced speed again towards the end. There is also a speed drop just before the area with fingerprints but no errors.

- Dual Layer media
ABEX TDR-841

This is an 8.5GB dual layer, single sided DVD-ROM disc with artificial scratches of dimensions ranging from 0.4 to 3.0mm, on both layers.



Excellent performance with this test disc. The smooth graph is indicative of the high error correction capabilities of the drive with scratched media.

ABEX TDR-845

This test disc is a single sided, dual layer DVD-ROM disc with a capacity of 8.5GB. The only difference between the TDR-845 and the TDR-841 discs is that the first includes defective areas and fingerprints. The dimensions of the defective areas ranges from 0.5 to 1.1 mm and the fingerprints are sized from 65 to 75 micrometers.



One more time the transfer rate graph was very good. No errors reported but notice again the drop in speed just before the fingerprints.

ABEX TDV-541

The TDV-541 is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc, with a capacity of 8.5GB. The disc is based on the TDV-540 series which is designed for inspection and adjustment of DVD-VIDEO players. The disc checks the layer switch operation from layer 0 to layer 1 and also includes test pictures and test signals for DVD sound files. The current TDV-541 also checks the error correcting capabilities of the drive and includes scratches from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.



In most cases, this disc is a "headache" for DVD burners, but with the LiteON SOHW-1653S there were no problems reported.

ABEX TDV-545

The TDV-545 disc is based on the TDV-540 series. It is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc with a capacity of 8.5GB. The TDV-545 includes artificial black dots on the data surface, sized from 0.4 to 1.0 mm. It also has 65 - 75 micrometer fingerprints.



- Conclusion

All the graphs above indicate that the drive has high DVD error correction capabilities.


5. Protected Disc Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

Protected Disc Tests

- Reading Tests

To create an image of the various protected titles to the hard disk, we used Alcohol 120% software with the appropriate settings depending on the protection type of the inserted discs. Below you can see the duration of each process as well as the transfer rate in each case.

Game Title
Protection Scheme
Duration
Reading speed
PSX "NBA Jam Extreme"
Lybcrypt
3:07 min
478 sectors/sec
Serious Sam The Second Encounter
SafeDisc v.2.50.051
13:21 min
417 sectors/sec
VRally II
SecuROM v.2
2:23 min
2421 sectors/sec




The drive was the fastest among the drives in this comparison with SecuROM and SafeDisc protected discs. With PSX protection, despite the fact that the ripping speed was actually faster than with the SafeDisc disc, it appears slow due to the BenQ drive's outstanding performance with this disc. Overall though, quite good ripping speeds.

- Writing Tests

The LiteON SOHW-1653S supports the DAO-RAW writing mode. For checking the drive's EFM correction status, we used 3 different game titles with different SafeDisc 2 versions having the latest software patches installed. After making the images of the various titles onto the hard disk, we burned them (maximum speed) with Alcohol 120% v1.9.2.1705. Two different discs were created for each title; one with the "Bypass EFM error" enabled and one more with the function disabled.

The table below shows the results of the attempted backups and whether they worked (game installed / played normally), or not.

Drive

Fifa 2004
SD v3.1x

Sims Superstar
SD v2.9x
Sims Unleashed
SD v2.8x
Serious Sam-Second Encounter
SD v2.50.051
Max Payne
SD v2.51.020
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
Toshiba
SD-M1502
No
Yes
Creative CD5233E

LiteON SOHW-1653S


6. DAE Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

DAE Tests

- Pressed and CDR AudioCD

The LiteON SOHW-1653S supports up to 48X CAV DAE speed. When using pressed AudioCD and its CD-R copy with EAC, we logged the following results:


Great performance from the LiteON drive in this test. Fast ripping with no problems at all and in fact a good deal faster than the other drives in the comparison.

- Advanced DAE Quality

The LiteON SOHW-1653S supports reading of SubChannel data Leadin / Leadout data and CD Text and was, again, the fastest of all the drives in this comparison. The SOHW-1653S received a score of 100 (perfect) in the Nero CD Speed Advanced DAE test.



- Reading 90/ 99mins AudioCDs


Unfortunately, the drive could not read the entire 90mins disc, reporting the above error after 81 minutes.


99mins discs were no problem for the LiteON SOHW-1653S, but reading speed was reduced around the 85th minute.


7. Protected AudioCDs
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

Protected AudioCDs

For this test procedure, we used three audio discs with different audio copy protection schemes. The ripping process for all protected audio discs was carried out with Exact Audio Copy v0.9beta5.

The tested protected audio discs were:

The Cactus Data Shield 200 CD contains artificial errors that are not easy to bypass with a reader, while the Key2Audio CD contains a second session, causing problems for readers when they attempt to read the Table Of Contents (TOC).

The tested tasks are:

The LiteON SOHW-1653S recognized up to the 12th Audio track of CDS200 disc,

and with the "Retrieve Native TOC" option removed, it then recognized the 13th track.

The test results are shown in the following table:

LiteON SOHW-1653S
Key2Audio
CDS200
Unreadable disc
Ripping process completed, EAC reports timing problems, Read&Test CRC comparison not the same for all tracks

The LiteOn SOHW-1653S could not recognize and playback (let alone rip) the Key2Audio protected disc. CDS200 protection was not a problem though.

This is a "special" CDS200 build, since it doesn't contain any artificial errors during the ripping process. Most problems occur when trying to write the ripped wav files, since the produced CD-R disc contains C2 and CU errors! This "problem" is rumored to be associated with specific chipset weaknesses.

We ripped the disc contents with EAC and burned the produced wav with the latest Nero version as AudioCD+CD-Text. The burned media was checked for C1/C2 errors with PlexTools using the Plextor PX-712A (firmware v1.05).

 

LiteON SOHW-1653S
CDS 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a
Reading performed without any errors, writing produces few C2 spikes


The C1/C2 error graphs show that the drive managed to produce a 100% error free disc. We then tried to extract all the wav files with the Plextor PX-712A and PlexTools DAE with Error Correction 5th Level enabled:


No errors were reported after extracting all files.


8. CD Recording Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CD Recording Tests

The LiteOn SOHW-1653S supports 48X CD-R and 24X US-RW recording speeds.

CD media recording supported speeds are illustrated in the screenshot below:

According to Nero CDSpeed, the drive confirmed the maximum 48X speed. The test started at 21.64X and finished at 49.04X, having an average speed of 37.10X. Click on the image below for an enlarged view.

For the burning tests, we created an 80min data compilation through Nero Burning Rom, recording the data on several 700MB discs.

The writing performance varies according to the inserted media, as our tests showed. Below is a chart demonstrating all recording times with various manufacturers media.

- Other features

Overburning writing
Up to 99min
CD text reading/writing
Yes

The LiteON SOHW-1653S supports 24X Z-CLV rewriting speed with Ultra Speed Rewritable Media (US-RW). Below you can see the Nero CD-DVD Speed writing simulation test with blank 24X US-RW media from Mitsubishi Chemicals.

The drive starts the writing task at 16X and reaches a maximum of 24X at the 13:00 min address mark on the disc. The test started at 16.00X and finished at 24.02X, having an average speed of 22.49X.


9. 3T Jitter Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

3T Jitter Tests

On this page you can see the 3T Pit & Land Jitter graphs using various media burned at 48X CAV writing speed.

- 3T Pit results


The highest 3T Pit jitter level reached was 46nsec (TY), which is above the Red Book limit (35nsec). Best results were achieved with BenQ media which also overshot the 35nsec limit though.

- 3T Land results


Again, the performance is not all that good with all media brands having levels in excess of the limit. Even the averages are over 35nsecs.

On the following page, we check the C1 and C2 error rates of the same discs, to come up with more specific conclusions.


10. C1 / C2 Error Measurements
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

C1 / C2 Error Measurements

We measured the C1 / C2 error rate on the recorded discs we burned at the maximum supported writing speed of 48X. The software we used is PleXTools Professional v2.16, and more specifically the built-in Q-Check utility. The reader was the Plextor PX-712A (firmware v1.05).

BenQ 80min 52X @ 48X

Taiyo Yuden 80min 48X @ 48X

Verbatim 80min 52X @ 48X

CD writing quality performance was very good with the LiteON SOHW-1653S at 48X writing speed. Very few C1C2 errors were reported.

Media Label
ID Code
Manufacturer Name
Lead Out TIme
BenQ 80min 48X
97m22s67f
Daxon Technology
79:59.74
Verbatim 80min 52X
97m34s23f Verbatim 79:59.73
Taiyo Yuden 80min 48X
97m24s 1f
Taiyo Yuden
79:59.72

11. DVD Recording Tests
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

DVD Recording Tests

- Writing Performance

The maximum supported speed is 16X for DVD+R media while with DVD-R it is 12X, and for rewritable media 4X.

Nero Burning Rom reported speeds are shown below.


The drive uses P-CAV strategy for burning at 8X/12X and CAV for 16X.

By using Nero CD-DVD Speed, we are able to see the 8X, 12X and 16X recording strategies being used by the recorder for +R media, and 8X recording technology for -R media.

- Burning Tests






- DVD Overburning Test

Unfortunately, the drive does not support DVD overburning with either -R or +R media formats, giving the above error messages.

- DVD+MRW Tests

The drive does not support the Mount Rainier feature.


12. Media Support list
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

Media Support list

You can see a comprehensive list of media supported by this recorder in the following tables (the tables apply to firmware versions CS07 and CS09). It should be noted that Traxdata and Philips +R 16X certified media can only be recorded at 8X.

DVD-R DVD+R
4M SYS 202C1/52 [ 4x ]
AML /52 [ 4x ]
AN30 /52 [ 4x ]
AN31 /52 [ 4x ]
AN32 /52 [ 4x ]
Auvistar /50 [ 2x ]
BeAll G00001/50 [ 2x ]
BeAll G40001/52 [ 4x ]
BeAll G80001/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG. /50 [ 2x ]
CMC MAG. AE1/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG. AF1/52 [ 4x ]
DATA TRACK /52 [ 4x ]
DAXON004 /52 [ 4x ]
DAXON008S /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
DKM_01 /52 [ 4x ]
Dvsn /52 [ 4x ]
FORNEX001 /50 [ 2x ]
FORNEX101 /52 [ 4x ]
FUJIFILM03 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
GSC001 /50 [ 2x ]
GSC001 /52 [ 4x ]
GSC002 /52 [ 4x ]
GSC003 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
INFODISC-R01/52 [ 4x ]
INFODISC-R20/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ISSM 01 /52 [ 4x ]
LD /50 [ 2x ]
LEADDATA /50 [ 2x ]
LEADDATA S03/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LEADDATA01 /52 [ 4x ]
LGE04 /52 [ 4x ]
LGE08 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LONGTEN 001 /52 [ 4x ]
LONGTEN 009 /52 [ 4x ]
MAM4XG01 /52 [ 4x ]
MBI /50 [ 2x ]
MBI 01RG20 /52 [ 4x ]
MBI 03RG30 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCC 00RG200 /50 [ 2x ]
MCC 01RG20 /52 [ 4x ]
MCC 02RG20 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
MCC 03RG20 /00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
MCI4XG01 /52 [ 4x ]
MCIG01 /50 [ 2x ]
ME 153 /52 [ 4x ]
MEI 00V001 /50 [ 2x ]
MUST 001 /52 [ 4x ]
MXL RG01 /50 [ 2x ]
MXL RG02 /52 [ 4x ]
MXL RG03 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA-JC001 /52 [ 4x ]
ONIDTECH /52 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCK001/50 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCK001/52 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCR004/52 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCR008/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Plasmon1A /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
POSG04 /52 [ 4x ]
POSG06 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
POSJ 01 /50 [ 2x ]
PRINCO /50 [ 2x ]
PRINCO /52 [ 4x ]
PRINCO8X01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRINCO8X02 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ProdiscF01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISCG02 /50 [ 2x ]
ProdiscS03 /52 [ 4x ]
ProdiscS04 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PVC001001 /00 [ 2x ]
PVCR001002 /52 [ 4x ]
RITEKG03 /50 [ 2x ]
RITEKG04 /52 [ 4x ]
RITEKG05 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
RITEKG06 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEKM02 /52 [ 4x ]
SKC Co.,Ltd./52 [ 4x ]
SKC M801 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY /50 [ 2x ]
SONY04D1 /52 [ 4x ]
SONY08D1 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
TAIYOYUDEN /50 [ 2x ]
TAROKO-MX4 /52 [ 4x ]
TDKG02000000/50 [ 2x ]
TTG01 /52 [ 4x ]
TTG02 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TTH01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TTH02 /00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TYG01 /52 [ 4x ]
TYG02 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
UME01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
VANGUARD /52 [ 4x ]
VDSPMSAB 01 /52 [ 4x ]
VDSP­SAB 01 /52 [ 4x ]
Yi Jhan 001 /52 [ 4x ]
AML /001/00 [ 4x ]
AML /002/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
BeAll000/P40/00 [ 4x ]
BeAll000/P80/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG /E01/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG /F01/00 [ 4x ]
CMC MAG /F01/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG /M01/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
CMC MAG /R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
DAXON /AZ1/00 [ 4x ]
DAXON /AZ2/00 [ 4x, 6x ]
DAXON /AZ3/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
DDT 01 /001/01 [ 4x ]
DT-D02 /02 /00 [ 4x ]
DT-D03 /004/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
EMDP /000/00 [ 4x ]
GSC502 /002/00 [ 4x ]
GSC503 /H01/00 [ 4x ]
INFODISC/R10/02 [ 4x ]
INFODISC/R20/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
INFOME /R20/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ISSM /001/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LD /001/00 [ 2.4x ]
LD /A02/00 [ 4x ]
LD /S03/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LONGTEN /002/00 [ 4x ]
MAM /M02/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MAXELL /001/00 [ 4x ]
MAXELL /002/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MAXELL /003/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
MBIPG101/R03/00 [ 4x ]
MBIPG101/R04/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MBIPG101/R05/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
MCC /001/00 [ 2.4x ]
MCC /002/00 [ 4x ]
MCC /003/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCC /004/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
MEDIA ID/001/00 [ 4x ]
MPOMEDIA/001/00 [ 2.4x ]
MPOMEDIA/040/00 [ 4x ]
MPOMEDIA/080/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MUST /002/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MUST 002/ /02 [ 4x ]
NANYA /CHX/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA /CLX/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA /DR /00 [ 2.4x ]
NANYA /RJB/00 [ 4x ]
OPTODISC/OP1/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OP2/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OR4/00 [ 4x ]
OPTODISC/OR8/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Philips /081/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PHILIPS /C08/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PHILIPS /C16/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Plasmon /c01/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISC /R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC /R02/00 [ 4x ]
PRODISC /R03/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISC /R04/04 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
RICOHJPN/R00/00 [ 4x ]
RICOHJPN/R01/02 [ 4x ]
RICOHJPN/R02/03 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RICOHJPN/R03/04 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
RITEK /M02/01 [ 4x ]
RITEK /R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK /R02/01 [ 4x ]
RITEK /R03/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEK /R03/02 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEK /R04/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
SKYMEDIA/R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
SONY /D01/00 [ 4x ]
SONY /D11/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY /D21/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
TDK /001/00 [ 4x ]
TDK /002/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TDK /003/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
ULTRAN /202/00 [ 4x ]
VDSPMSAB/001/01 [ 4x ]
WINGSHIN/001/31 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
WINGSHIN/G04/00 [ 4x ]
YUDEN000/T01/00 [ 4x ]
YUDEN000/T01/01 [ 4x ]
YUDEN000/T02/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
YUDEN000/T03/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]

DVD-RW DVD+RW
CMCW02 /00 [ 2x ]
CMCW03 /00 [ 4x ]
DAXON_RW2X01/00 [ 2x ]
JVC/VictorT7/00 [ 1x ]
JVC0VictorD7/00 [ 4x ]
JVC_VictorW7/00 [ 2x ]
MCC 00RW11N9/00 [ 1x ]
MCC 01RW11n9/00 [ 2x ]
MCC 01RW4X /00 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCK001/20 [ 1x ]
OPTODISCK001/21 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCW002/21 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCW004/21 [ 4x ]
PRINCO /20 [ 1x ]
PRINCO /21 [ 2x ]
PRINCORW0004/31 [ 2x ]
Prodisc DW04/21 [ 2x ]
Prodisc DW06/00 [ 4x ]
ProdiscDVDRW/00 [ 1x ]
PVCW00D002K9/21 [ 2x ]
PVCW00V00245/00 [ 2x ]
RITEK000V11A/00 [ 1x ]
RITEKW01 /00 [ 2x ]
RITEKW04 /00 [ 2x ]
SONY000000U9/00 [ 1x ]
TDK501saku]3/20 [ 1x ]
TDK502sakuM3/00 [ 2x ]
TDK601saku /00 [ 4x ]
CMC MAG /W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
CMC MAG /W02/00 [ 4x ]
DAXON /D41/00 [ 4x ]
DAXON /D42/00 [ 4x ]
INFODISC/A01/00 [ 2.4x ]
INFODISC/A10/00 [ 4x ]
MBIPG101/W03/00 [ 2.4x ]
MBIPG101/W04/00 [ 4x ]
MCC /A01/00 [ 2.4x ]
MKM /A02/00 [ 4x ]
NANYA /DRW/00 [ 4x ]
NANYASC /DRW/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OP1/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OP4/01 [ 4x ]
PHILIPS /010/02 [ 4x ]
PHILIPS /041/00 [ 4x ]
PRODISC /W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC /W02/00 [ 4x ]
RICOHJPN/W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
RICOHJPN/W11/01 [ 4x ]
RITEK /001/01 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK /004/30 [ 4x ]
RITEK /W04/00 [ 4x ]
SENTINEL/W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
SENTINEL/W02/00 [ 4x ]
SONY /S11/00 [ 4x ]
DVD-R DVD+R
4M SYS 202C1/52 [ 4x ]
AML /52 [ 4x ]
AN30 /52 [ 4x ]
AN31 /52 [ 4x ]
AN32 /52 [ 4x ]
Auvistar /50 [ 2x ]
BeAll G00001/50 [ 2x ]
BeAll G40001/52 [ 4x ]
BeAll G80001/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG. /50 [ 2x ]
CMC MAG. AE1/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG. AF1/52 [ 4x ]
DATA TRACK /52 [ 4x ]
DAXON004 /52 [ 4x ]
DAXON008S /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
DKM_01 /52 [ 4x ]
Dvsn /52 [ 4x ]
FORNEX001 /50 [ 2x ]
FORNEX101 /52 [ 4x ]
FUJIFILM03 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
GSC001 /50 [ 2x ]
GSC001 /52 [ 4x ]
GSC002 /52 [ 4x ]
GSC003 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
INFODISC-R01/52 [ 4x ]
INFODISC-R20/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ISSM 01 /52 [ 4x ]
LD /50 [ 2x ]
LEADDATA /50 [ 2x ]
LEADDATA S03/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LEADDATA01 /52 [ 4x ]
LGE04 /52 [ 4x ]
LGE08 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LONGTEN 001 /52 [ 4x ]
LONGTEN 009 /52 [ 4x ]
MAM4XG01 /52 [ 4x ]
MBI /50 [ 2x ]
MBI 01RG20 /52 [ 4x ]
MBI 03RG30 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCC 00RG200 /50 [ 2x ]
MCC 01RG20 /52 [ 4x ]
MCC 02RG20 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
MCC 03RG20 /00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
MCI4XG01 /52 [ 4x ]
MCIG01 /50 [ 2x ]
ME 153 /52 [ 4x ]
MEI 00V001 /50 [ 2x ]
MUST 001 /52 [ 4x ]
MXL RG01 /50 [ 2x ]
MXL RG02 /52 [ 4x ]
MXL RG03 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA-JC001 /52 [ 4x ]
ONIDTECH /52 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCK001/50 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCK001/52 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCR004/52 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCR008/52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Plasmon1A /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
POSG04 /52 [ 4x ]
POSG06 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
POSJ 01 /50 [ 2x ]
PRINCO /50 [ 2x ]
PRINCO /52 [ 4x ]
PRINCO8X01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRINCO8X02 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ProdiscF01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISCG02 /50 [ 2x ]
ProdiscS03 /52 [ 4x ]
ProdiscS04 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PVC001001 /00 [ 2x ]
PVCR001002 /52 [ 4x ]
RITEKG03 /50 [ 2x ]
RITEKG04 /52 [ 4x ]
RITEKG05 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
RITEKG06 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEKM02 /52 [ 4x ]
SKC Co.,Ltd./52 [ 4x ]
SKC M801 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY /50 [ 2x ]
SONY04D1 /52 [ 4x ]
SONY08D1 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
TAIYOYUDEN /50 [ 2x ]
TAROKO-MX4 /52 [ 4x ]
TDKG02000000/50 [ 2x ]
TTG01 /52 [ 4x ]
TTG02 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TTH01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TTH02 /00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TYG01 /52 [ 4x ]
TYG02 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
UME01 /52 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
VANGUARD /52 [ 4x ]
VDSPMSAB 01 /52 [ 4x ]
VDSP­SAB 01 /52 [ 4x ]
Yi Jhan 001 /52 [ 4x ]
AML /001/00 [ 4x ]
AML /002/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
BeAll000/P40/00 [ 4x ]
BeAll000/P80/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG /E01/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG /F01/00 [ 4x ]
CMC MAG /F01/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
CMC MAG /M01/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
CMC MAG /R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
DAXON /AZ1/00 [ 4x ]
DAXON /AZ2/00 [ 4x, 6x ]
DAXON /AZ3/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
DDT 01 /001/01 [ 4x ]
DT-D02 /02 /00 [ 4x ]
DT-D03 /004/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
EMDP /000/00 [ 4x ]
GSC502 /002/00 [ 4x ]
GSC503 /H01/00 [ 4x ]
INFODISC/R10/02 [ 4x ]
INFODISC/R20/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
INFOME /R20/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
ISSM /001/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LD /001/00 [ 2.4x ]
LD /A02/00 [ 4x ]
LD /S03/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
LONGTEN /002/00 [ 4x ]
MAM /M02/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MAXELL /001/00 [ 4x ]
MAXELL /002/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MAXELL /003/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
MBIPG101/R03/00 [ 4x ]
MBIPG101/R04/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MBIPG101/R05/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x ]
MCC /001/00 [ 2.4x ]
MCC /002/00 [ 4x ]
MCC /003/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MCC /004/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
MEDIA ID/001/00 [ 4x ]
MPOMEDIA/001/00 [ 2.4x ]
MPOMEDIA/040/00 [ 4x ]
MPOMEDIA/080/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MUST /002/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
MUST 002/ /02 [ 4x ]
NANYA /CHX/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA /CLX/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
NANYA /DR /00 [ 2.4x ]
NANYA /RJB/00 [ 4x ]
OPTODISC/OP1/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OP2/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OR4/00 [ 4x ]
OPTODISC/OR8/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Philips /081/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PHILIPS /C08/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PHILIPS /C16/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
Plasmon /c01/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISC /R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC /R02/00 [ 4x ]
PRODISC /R03/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
PRODISC /R04/04 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
RICOHJPN/R00/00 [ 4x ]
RICOHJPN/R01/02 [ 4x ]
RICOHJPN/R02/03 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RICOHJPN/R03/04 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
RITEK /M02/01 [ 4x ]
RITEK /R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK /R02/01 [ 4x ]
RITEK /R03/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEK /R03/02 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
RITEK /R04/01 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
SKYMEDIA/R01/00 [ 2.4x ]
SONY /D01/00 [ 4x ]
SONY /D11/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
SONY /D21/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
TDK /001/00 [ 4x ]
TDK /002/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
TDK /003/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]
ULTRAN /202/00 [ 4x ]
VDSPMSAB/001/01 [ 4x ]
WINGSHIN/001/31 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
WINGSHIN/G04/00 [ 4x ]
YUDEN000/T01/00 [ 4x ]
YUDEN000/T01/01 [ 4x ]
YUDEN000/T02/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x ]
YUDEN000/T03/00 [ 4x, 6x, 8x, 12x, 16x ]

DVD-RW DVD+RW
CMCW02 /00 [ 2x ]
CMCW03 /00 [ 4x ]
DAXON_RW2X01/00 [ 2x ]
JVC/VictorT7/00 [ 1x ]
JVC0VictorD7/00 [ 4x ]
JVC_VictorW7/00 [ 2x ]
MCC 00RW11N9/00 [ 1x ]
MCC 01RW11n9/00 [ 2x ]
MCC 01RW4X /00 [ 4x ]
OPTODISCK001/20 [ 1x ]
OPTODISCK001/21 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCW002/21 [ 2x ]
OPTODISCW004/21 [ 4x ]
PRINCO /20 [ 1x ]
PRINCO /21 [ 2x ]
PRINCORW0004/31 [ 2x ]
Prodisc DW04/21 [ 2x ]
Prodisc DW06/00 [ 4x ]
ProdiscDVDRW/00 [ 1x ]
PVCW00D002K9/21 [ 2x ]
PVCW00V00245/00 [ 2x ]
RITEK000V11A/00 [ 1x ]
RITEKW01 /00 [ 2x ]
RITEKW04 /00 [ 2x ]
SONY000000U9/00 [ 1x ]
TDK501saku]3/20 [ 1x ]
TDK502sakuM3/00 [ 2x ]
TDK601saku /00 [ 4x ]
CMC MAG /W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
CMC MAG /W02/00 [ 4x ]
DAXON /D41/00 [ 4x ]
DAXON /D42/00 [ 4x ]
INFODISC/A01/00 [ 2.4x ]
INFODISC/A10/00 [ 4x ]
MBIPG101/W03/00 [ 2.4x ]
MBIPG101/W04/00 [ 4x ]
MCC /A01/00 [ 2.4x ]
MKM /A02/00 [ 4x ]
NANYA /DRW/00 [ 4x ]
NANYASC /DRW/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OP1/00 [ 2.4x ]
OPTODISC/OP4/01 [ 4x ]
PHILIPS /010/02 [ 4x ]
PHILIPS /041/00 [ 4x ]
PRODISC /W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC /W02/00 [ 4x ]
RICOHJPN/W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
RICOHJPN/W11/01 [ 4x ]
RITEK /001/01 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK /004/30 [ 4x ]
RITEK /W04/00 [ 4x ]
SENTINEL/W01/00 [ 2.4x ]
SENTINEL/W02/00 [ 4x ]
SONY /S11/00 [ 4x ]

13. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

12X DVD-R Writing Speed



- Summary

According to Plextools, both the media burned exhibited high PIE/POE levels but no POF errors appear during reading . According to CDSpeed, both media could not be read successfully, giving an error during the reading process. Judging from the PI/PIF scans, we can say that the SOHW-1653S needs some work at these recording speeds.


14. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

8X DVD-R Writing Speed





- Summary

According to Plextools, almost all media burned exhibited low PIE/POE rates, below the 280 limit. According to CDSpeed, all could be read successfully, without errors during the reading process. Judging from the PI/PIF scans we can conclude that the SOHW-1653S is very good, with the exception of CMC Magnetics media.


15. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

16X DVD+R Writing Speed




- Summary

According to Plextools, all media burned exhibited high PIE/POE rates but no POF errors appear during reading. According to CDSpeed, two out of the three media tested could not be read successfully (TDK & Verbatim), giving an error during the reading process. Judging from the PI/PIF scans we can conclude that the SOHW-1653S needs improvement at this recording speed.


16. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

8X DVD+R Writing Speed .








The media would not be recognized The media would not be recognized

- Summary

According to Plextools, almost all media burned exhibited low PIE/POE rates, below the 280 limit. According to CDSpeed, all could be read successfully, without errors during the reading process. Judging from the PI/PIF scans we can say that the SOHW-1653S was very good with the exception of Verbatim media.


17. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

DVD+RW and DVD-RW Media





- Summary

Worst results were with MKM -RW media, that reported PI/PIF levels higher than the 280 limit and the media was not readable. Other than this, other PIE/POE error rates were below the 280 limit.


18. DVD+R DL - Page 1
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

DVD+R DL - Page 1

- Writing Tests

The LiteOn SOHW-1653S supports up to 4X recording speed for the DVD+R DL format. In the following table is the list of media supported with firmware version CS07:

DVD+R DL
CMC MAG /D01/00 [ 2.4x ]
INFOME /D01/00 [ 2.4x ]
MKM /001/00 [ 2.4x, 4x ]
PHILIPS /CD2/00 [ 2.4x ]
PRODISC /D01/00 [ 2.4x ]
RICOHJPN/D00/01 [ 2.4x ]
RITEK /D01/01 [ 2.4x ]
- Writing Tests

We burned four different DVD+R DL discs with DVD-Video content. The source disc was "Gladiator Movie - Special Edition" disc1 with a total size of 6.86GB. First, we transferred the movie to the hard disc with DVD Decrypter as ISO format (single file). Afterwards, we used CopyToDVD v3.0.35.

First, we tried with Verbatim Double Layer media (Media Code MKM-001-00). CopyToDVD reported 22:46mins total burning time with 3.87X average writing speed.

Then we repeated the same task, this time with media from Traxdata (Media Code RITEK-D01-01). CopyToDVD reported 37:30mins total burning time with 2.35X average writing speed.

For comparison, we post some burning results from other DL writers, which all burned the same content ("Gladiator Movie - Special Edition" disc1), using the CopyToDVD software:

Drive Time ( min)
NEC ND-3520A
22:35
Freecom FX-50 22.40
LiteOn SOHW-1653S 22:46
Sony DRU-710A
23:04
Pioneer DVR-108

23:10

Plextor PX-716A 23:33

19. DVD+R DL - Page 2
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

DVD+R DL - Page 2

- Writing Quality

Verbatim 2.4X DVD+R DL @ 4X



Traxdata 2.4X DVD+R DL @ 2.4X



- Summary

The writing quality with Verbatim DL media was very good and with Traxdata media, the PIE error rate becomes quite high around and after the layer change. However, no errors were observed. We hope to see LiteON further improve DL writing quality in future firmware releases.


20. SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 1
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 1

For checking exactly what the SOHW-1653S reports, we used three different media, burned with other recorders. The three media have been measured with the well known AudioDev SA300 DVD CATS system at 1X.

The drive is capable of reporting PI/PIF errors, so we will compare those measurements for various reading speeds:

Please note that the posted results are only valid for the specific tested LiteON SOHW-1653S drive. Using other drives, even another SOHW-1653S, can produce totally different results. Be aware!

#1st Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 8X Reading speed




The PI/PIF error rate trend line is similar to that of the SA300. However, error values are different.

#1st Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 6X Reading speed




Again, the PIF error rate trend line is similar to that of the SA300, but PI error values are different. On the other hand, PIF error values seem to be more or less similar.

#1st Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 4X Reading speed




Again, at 4X speed, although the SOHW-1653S tends to follow the error rate trend line produced by the SA300 system, it can only give us a first impression of what the SA300 curve will look like. Error values are higher than the values reported by the SA300 system.


21. SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 2
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 2

For checking exactly what the SOHW-1653S reports, we used three different media, burned with other recorders. The three media have been measured with the well known AudioDev SA300 DVD CATS system at 1X.

The drive is capable of reporting PI/PIF errors, so we will compare those measurements for various reading speeds:

Please note that the posted results are only valid for the specific tested LiteON SOHW-1653S drive. Using other drives, even another SOHW-1653S, can produce totally different results. Be aware!

#2nd Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 8X Reading speed




The error values we observed with the SOHW-1653S were totally different from the error values obtained by the SA300 system. However, all graphs indicate increased error values at the end of the disc.

#2nd Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 6X Reading speed




Much lower error levels were reported by the LiteON SOHW-1653S. The LiteON drive cannot produce error trend lines similar to those of the SA300 system, not even at 6X speed.

#2nd Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 4X Reading speed




The LiteON SOHW-1653S continues to report lower error values than the SA300 system reports, this time at 4X speed.


22. SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 3
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 3

For checking exactly what the SOHW-1653S reports, we used three different media, burned with other recorders. The three media have been measured with the well known AudioDev SA300 DVD CATS system at 1X.

The drive is capable of reporting PI/PIF errors, so we will compare those measurements for various reading speeds:

Please note that the posted results are only valid for the specific tested LiteON SOHW-1653S drive. Using other drives, even another SOHW-1653S, can produce totally different results. Be aware!

#3nd Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 8X Reading speed




#3nd Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 6X Reading speed




#3nd Test Disc - PISum8/PIF Comparison - 4X Reading speed




In all the above graphs, you can see that the LiteON SOHW-1653S drive reports totally different results than those of the SA300S. The drive produces misleading results regarding the written media quality.


23. SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 4
LiteOn SOHW-1653S DVD Burner

SOHW-1653S vs. SA300 - Page 4

For checking exactly what the SOHW-1653S reports, we used three different media, burned with other recorders. The three media have been measured using the well known AudioDev SA300 DVD CATS system at 1X.

The drive is capable of reporting PI/PIF errors, so we will compare those measurements at various reading speeds: