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LiteOn LVW-5005

1. Introduction - Specifications

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Standalone recorders are currently getting more and more popular and the market is already full of such devices. We can assume that the development of the branch will continue in this fashion as soon as prices are reduced. The ongoing review is to present you with LiteOn new-born child- model LDW-5005. You can see for yourselves how convenient the recorder is and evaluate its performance.

Technical Data

On the following pages you can read about the reading/writing capabilities of the device, recording quality it can achieve and the results of error correction tests.

2. Unpacking - Control Menu

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Unpacking - Control Menu

The retail package, which arrived at our labs, included the unit, remote control, two batteries, the Scart and audio/video cables. However, we would like to see a coaxial cable included as well.

On the unit's front panel, there is a power button situated on the left, while on the right all the appropriate buttons (e.g.:for playback and recording without the any need to use of the remote control). Just below those buttons there is a small tray hiding DV and audio/video inputs. As you can see beneath this is what you can connect your digital, or analogue camcorder , into and start transferring the material onto a DVD.

The pictures below present the inside of LVW-5005, after removing the cover, an action that is not recommended , as it usually equals losing the manufacturer's warranty. (Click on the image for an enlarged view).

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The DMN?-8600 is the first fully integrated DVD recorder system processor for single-drive DVD recorder products. The system processor supports all DVD recording and playback formats and enables feature-rich DVD recorder solutions and significantly lowers system-level costs and design complexity for consumer electronics manufacturers.
The DiMeNsion 8600 Manufacturing Kit (DMN-8600MK) would satisfy even more qualified customers. Based on the high-performance DMN-8600 processor, the DMN-8600MK DVD recorder manufacturing kit reduces risk, time-to-market and BOM costs.


- Dual 150 MIPS RISC architecture with integrated audio DSPs, I-cache and memory host functions
- 2D graphics engine with DVD sub-picture decode and 32-bit RGBA
- Flexible video and motion estimation processors
- MPEG-2 MP@ML codec
- DV-25 codec
- Real-time VBR encoding
- Serial I/O interface controller for infrared port, general-purpose serial I/O, modem, etc.
- Storage device interface controller for IDE/ATAPI devices or non-ATAPI devices (low-cost optical loaders)


- Highly integrated single-chip and manufacturing kit design reduce BOM costs
- TrueView? Pro temporal filtering for pre-encode noise filtering
- TrueScan? Pro de-interlacing for superior progressive display output
- High-performance memory controller with a 32-bit data bus allows flexible support of 8-64 MB of external SDR/DDR/SDRAM
- IEEE1394 link layer (with 5C copy protection) provides easy-to-use DV camcorder interface

On the back panel there are the audio/video outputs. Being more precise, we can find: RF in and RF out, Scart in and Scart out, Video out, Analogue audio out (left/right), video out, and the digital audio out (optical/coaxial).

For excellent sound, we recommend that the coaxial or optical output for digital sound be used, together with an A/V 5.1CH (or more) amplifier. Sony offers a wide variety of home theater solutions.

When you are about to connect the DVD player straight to your TV, you can try one of the two provided cables, composite video output and audio (RCA), or the Scart, which also includes stereo sound. Here, we would like to point out the lack of an S-Video output.

Click to enlargeThe retail package also includes a remote control- a very ergonomic and easy to operate device. Click on the image for an enlarged view.








Below is the main screen from the player, the first one you see every time you turn the player on.

When turning to setup, you will see such a screen:

There are four quality settings for recording available.

The device has also a built-in TV tuner.

3. Reading Tests

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Reading Tests

Although this device focuses mainly on recording, we carried out our usual reading tests, because most of LVW-5005 owners will use it for both reading and recording.

In the mode of playback, the device has nothing to complain about. We get an easy access to all the appropriate settings. Below, just for reference, there is a screenshot of the LiteOn recorder while playback. The displayed settings may vary depending on an inserted media type.

You can also choose whether to be presented information about the inserted media, or not.

DVD support

The LiteOn LVW-5005 we have in our hands is a region-2 drive, which means that the player is able to decode (play) only the pressed DVD-Video discs coming from the European region. However, there is a simple way in which you can unlock the region on this device. In the setup menu go the Exit button and press 2,9,6 and 0. An extra submenu will appear, from which you can select the region you wish or just stick to the region- free option. Unfortunately, there is not such option for Macrovision remove, as it was in LVW-5001 model.


We recorded a 4.35GB DVD-Video file on various DVD+R/-R, DVD-RW/+RW media. The recorders we used are some of the latest dual-format available on the PC market, as well as some 1st generation recorders. Pressed single / dual layer DVD-Video discs were also verified in the test. All the test discs were created in the same PC /software in the DVD-Video mode.

We checked the player's disc recognition, as well as smooth navigation and playback. The results were very impressive, since all the discs were read completely. See the drives and media we used in the table below:

Speed recorded
Sony DRX-500UL v1.0c
Sony DRU-530A v2.0h
Mitsubishi Chemicals DVD+R 4x
Taiyo yuden DVD+R 4x
N-Tech DVD+R 4x
Philips DVD+R 4x
Pioneer DVR-107D v1.05
NEC ND-2500A v1.06
Maxell DVD+RW 4x
Ritek DVD-R 4x
Mam DVD-R 4x
Plextor DVD+R 4x
Mitsubishi Chemicals DVD-R 4x
Taiyo Yuden DVD-R 4x
Optorite DD0401 v1.30E
Hi-Space DVD-R 4x
Verbatim DVD-R 4x
BTC DRW1008IM v0.55
Pioneer DVD-R 4x
LiteOn LDW-811S vHS0K
FujiFilm DVD-R 4x

As it was expected all the DVD±RW disc were played successfully without problems.

The LiteOn LVW-5005 supports reading of DVD-ROM format.

The LiteOn LVW-5005 works well with AudioCD, CD-R/-RW, VideoCD and Super-VideoCD playback. The *.cda files of any audioCD are recognized correctly, even when the disc is factory- pressed or is a CD-R/RW. In addition, CD-Text is supported.
Please notice that, when talking about data CD (CD-R/-RW), we refer to either compressed audio files (MP3, WMA, Ogg Vorbis.), pure *.wav files, or to VideoCD and Super VideoCD.

In case of pressed AudioCDs the player recognizes and plays all the tracks, offering additional features like CD-Text reading and navigation between tracks, as already mentioned on the previous page. This also applies to CD-R and CD-RW discs. The device played audio files of the CD-R, 10x HS-RW, 24x US-RW and 32x US-RW discs we inserted in the disc tray.

In addition, no problems were noticed either when we played 8cm CD-R/-RW (185MB), 90/99min CD-R or CD business cards, but only as long as they are round- shaped. The player's tray is not designed to accept any other media shapes, which we can sometimes observe in case of smart cards or business cards.

LiteOn LVW-5005 will not let anyone who has purchased any protected audio discs in a music store down. The discs we tested were "Natalie Imbruglia - White Lilies island" protected with Macrovision' Key2Audio system, and "Celine Dion - A New Day Has Come" protected with Cactus Data Shield 200. Both titles were recognized and played without any problems., which is good news as this kind of media are practically not playable on PCs due to the protection schemes designed to discourage PC users from copying.

The LiteOn LVW-5005 does not support Super AudioCD.

Let's see now how the player reacts to various compressed audio files stored on data CD-R/RW. Although the specifications of DVP-NS330 clearly indicate MP3 support, it is not sure whether the drive can handle all MP3 compression modes. CBR or VBR encoding mode and variations in the sampling rate could be hard for any reader to decode. The table below shows a list of MP3 and WMA files with a variety of compression settings and reactions of the device to them.

Compression type
Compression settings
Recognize / Play
CBR 20kBit 11025Hz Mono
CBR 20kBit 11025Hz Stereo
CBR 32kBit 11025Hz Stereo
CBR 32kBit 22050Hz Mono
CBR 40kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 48kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 48kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 56kBit 22050Hz Mono
CBR 56kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 64kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 96kBit 22050Hz Stereo
CBR 96kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 96kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 112kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 128kBit 44100Hz Mono
CBR 128kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 160kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 192kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 224kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 256kBit 44100Hz Stereo
CBR 320kBit 44100Hz Stereo
VBR - High compression
VBR - Highest compression
VBR - Low compression
VBR - Lowest compression
VBR - Medium compression

Windows Media Audio


WMA 48kbps
WMA 64kbps
WMA 96kbps
WMA 128kbps
WMA 160kbps
WMA 192kbps

Both formats are supported.

4. Recording Tests

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Recording Tests

Before starting the recording procedure, we should state that LiteOn recorders offer users a very simple recording interface. After pressing the "Guider" button, on the remote control, the following screen will be appear: For convenience, there is also an option to record immediately by pressing the "Record" button.

Below you can see information from Power DVD while playback HQ, SP, EP and SLP quality respectively:

We tried to any the difference between different image qualities, by grabbing the same frame from each one while playing. The results are below:

HQ Quality

SP Quality

EP Quality

SLP Quality

After recording a DVD media, we open the media on our PC. The contents of the disc are:

where in the VIDEO_RM folder are:

and in the VIDEO_TS folder, the usual files:

Below you can acquaint yourselves with more details about the media we used for the tests:

CMC Magnetics 2.4X DVD+R
Traxdata 4X DVD+R
MMore 4X DVD+R
CMC Magnetics 4X DVD-R
MMore 4X DVD-R
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4X DVD-R
MCC 01RG20
Traxdata 4X DVD+RW
Traxdata 4X DVD-RW

5. Writing Quality Tests

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Writing quality Tests

The following screenshots present the PI/PO results for various DVD-/+R and DVD-/+RW media, recorded with LiteOn LVW-5005 at the maximum allowed speed. Before the tests we flash the device with the latest available firmware by LiteOn.

The software used for the measurements was KProbe v2.1.0 for the minus format and v1.1.29 for the plus format since the newest version had some problems and couldn't locate the disc size. The ECC was set to 8 and the reading drive was LiteOn LDW-811S. The specific methodology is very dependable on the drive used as a reader, while the reliability of the PI/PO provided output is not also technically confirmed. Consequently, we could not safely come up with any conclusive results, but still, we did make a comparison of the drive's behavior when using various DVD recordable/rewritable media.

For the CDSpeed reading tests we used SD-1712 DVD-ROM from Toshiba.

CMC Magnetics 2.4X DVD+R

Traxdata 4X DVD+R

MMore 4X DVD+R
CMC Magnetics 4X DVD-R

MMore 4X DVD-R

Mitsubishi Chemicals 4X DVD-R

Traxdata 4X DVD+RW
Traxdata 4X DVD-RW

Generally the drive offers good writing quality. However there were instances of increased PI/PO levels, which fortunately didn't affect the reading procedure.

6. Error Correction Tests

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Error Correction Tests

Here, we try to simulate one of the most interesting problems an average user frequently faces while using a DVD player, namely reading accuracy of a DVD player when accessing a defective or scratched DVD or CD. Of course, the performance of the drive here may be influenced by the quality/precision of its mechanical parts (Optical Pickup Unit, sufficient servo control, etc), as well as with the drive's reading strategy under abnormal conditions, controlled by the main chipset and firmware commands.
In case of a reader and especially a high-priced stand-alone reader, we would expect a better control during the reading process. We tested LiteOn LVW-5005 with a number of pressed DVD-Video and AudioCD test discs. The ABEX series from Almedio offers a good picture of a CD/DVD reader error correction capabilities. In addition, we used SBC444A test disc from Philips and CD-Check test disc from Digital Recordings.


This is a single-sided, dual layer (S-2 type, OTP) disc with 8.5GB capacity. The disc can be used for checking the layer switching operation from layer1 to layer 0. The disc also includes test pictures and test signals for Dolby Digital, linear PCM (48kHz/24bit, 96kHz/24bit) and others to examine high quality pictures and sound. The disc content is a MPEG-2 NTSC DVD-Video file. The TCD-545 includes defects on the disc area (black dots and fingerprints). The size of the black dots varies from 0.4mm to 1.0mm. and fingerprints from 0.065mm to 0.075mm.

LiteOn LVW-5005 read the disc successfully, and no skips, picture stills or glitches were noticed. This good behavior is also prominent amongst most PC DVD recorders/players. Now, we shall proceed to the next test disc, the Abex TCD-541.

This disc is exactly the same as the Abex TCD-545 tested previously, except that the defect is a scratch in size ranging from 0.4mm to 3.0mm, increasing by 0.2mm /per step.

The LiteOn LVW-5005 showed very good performance again. All chapters of the DVD-Video were played correctly. Here we should say that not all PC DVD/CD players are able to read that specific kind of discs.


This is an AudioCD disc used for measurement and adjustment of the error correction ability and tracking/focusing servo characteristics of a player against possible defects on some CDs. Three kinds of defects are included on this disc, :interruption in information layer, black dots and fingerprints. The interruptions are fabricated by intentionally varying the lengths of pits in the disc fabrication area. Their size varies from 0.5mm to 1.0mm. The diameter of black dots is from 0.4mm to 1.0mm. The simulated fingerprints are, in turn, small gathered dots, of diameters sized from 65 micrometers to 75 micrometers. 160pcs black dots altogether construct an artificial fingerprint.
All audio tracks were played in LiteOn LVW-5005 deck. No audible read errors (clicks, skips) were reported.

The test concept with Philips SBC 44A is the same as in the previous test disc. Interruptions on the information layer vary from 400 micrometers to 1000 micrometers, while black dots have size of 300 micrometers to 800 micrometers. Once again the LiteOn device read the contents of the disc without any problems.




The medium has the same contents as Abex TCD-726, but a different defect- a scratch sized of 0.4mm to 3.0mm on the disc's surface. Error symptoms expected when playing this disc are noise, sound skips, same sector repeatedly played, start of tune cannot be detected, etc.
The LiteOn LVW-5005 played successfully the first 9 tracks out of 15 in total. The 9th track corresponds to a scratch size of 1.8mm. First problems occurred at the 10th track (2.0mm) with audible "clicks" while playing.
Such a behavior has been encountered in case of many other PC CD players, where drives successfully corrected/concealed read errors coming from local scratches up to 1.8mm, approximately. Obviously, some rare exceptions give us hope and arouse our expectations of a player.

We finish this testing cycle with CD-Check disc from Digital Recordings. Five audio signals (5 tracks) are combined with disc error patterns to rate the player's ability to read and reproduce music completely. The five tracks contain a sequence of tests of progressively rising difficulty .

Check level 1 (track 1): Standard manufacturing errors

Check level 2 (track 2): 0.375mm scratch

Check level 3 (track 3): 0.750mm scratch

Check level 4 (track 4): 1.125mm scratch

Check level 5 (track 5): 1.500mm scratch

Any clicks, interruptions or looping during audio reproduction indicate failure of a Check level (audio track). Below you can see the test results:

Check level
Continuous Clicks
Continuous clicks

The LiteOn LVW-5005 successfully handled (played) the first 3 tracks, which correspond to a scratch up to approximately 1.125mm, at the end of the track. Notice that the same player managed to correct more seriously defective areas on the Abex TCD-721R test disc (up to 1.8mm). The explanation here must be related to the way the scratched areas are positioned on the surface of each disc. The Abex TCD-721R places the scratched area on a single part of the disc. On the other hand, the CD-Check disc "slices" the disc circle in four equal sectors and each scratch is placed along the margins of each sector (four equal scratches on the disc). As a result, the drive "faces" the same scratch 4 times per cycle, making playback more difficult. You should bear in mind, however, that error correction/ concealment procedures may be affected by statistical factors, and thus, repeating the same test does not always give exactly the same results.
Summarizing, we can say that LVW-5005 performed well in our error correction tests.

7. Conclusion

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LiteOn LVW-5005 is a very impressive player, as far as the appearance is concerned. It undoubtedly stands out distinguishes from other, usually black, stand-alone devices. We connected the LiteOn using all provided connections in order to test them. For audio, we recommend the digital outputs for advanced sound reproduction, DD5.1CH and DTS 5.1CH. For the image quality we would suggest the S-Video output. The included remote control is ergonomic and easy to use. Owing to the simplicity of the menu, you can do almost anything you wish, in a few non-complicated steps.

The LVW-5005 has a built- in tuner for TV signal. This is very good, as a feature, but seems to us that it should be a little easier to locate a channel, although the communication interface is very helpful.

The great pro that makes these devices special is the recording capability on both DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW formats along with AudioCD, VCD and SVCD as well. There are several connections enabling recording from another source. It is worth noticing that except for usual AV and Scart inputs we are also equipped with a DV one- for digital recordings. Coming up to our expectations, the device can also record TV signal from the built-in tuner. The provided writing qualities are also a desirable feature as you can record up to 6 hours in SLP quality. However we recommend the highest ones- HQ and SP.

One thing we didn't like is that you cannot record from a protected movie. We put a normal DVD movie title on our Pioneer DV-464 player that we connected to the LiteOn recorder for backing up our movie. Unfortunately, we saw a message informing us that it is impossible due to the Macrovision protection. Furthermore, there is no setting option which could disable this.

The writing quality is good with almost all the DVD media we use. Although there were some cases with increased PI/PO levels, CDSpeed didn't report any problem.
The error correction of the LiteON LVW-5005 is rather good. It managed to read over 1.8mm defects but off course depends on the type of scratch. However, with the CD-Check Audio test disc, we have observed better behavior.

LiteOn LVW-5005 is already on the market at various prices between $260~320, which appears rational. But since the market of this kind of devices is growing rapidly, prices will be significantly lowered in not so distant future.




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