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Friday, September 3, 2004
Optorite DD1205

1. Retail Package - Installation

Optorite DD1205 Dual DVD±RW Recorder - Page 1

After the DD1203 recorder, Optorite decided to support the Double Layer format by releasing it's new DD1205 burner. Based for one more time on the Sanyo chipset, the new recorder is ready to face the strong competition, competition which has already moved onto 4X writing speed for DL media.

The dual burner offers 2.4X DVD+R9, 12X DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4X DVD±RW writing and 12X DVD-ROM reading. The drive also supports 40X recording for CD-R media and 24X for HS-RW.

- Features

"Safe-BP" has achieved enough detection performance at more than 40x speed with the improvement of the electric circuit for the detection of disarrangement of pickup servo. When a disarrangement of this servo is detected at high speed recording condition, a drive stops the recording immediately and restarts the recording at lower recording speed.

Shock-BP always monitors the condition of focus servo and tracking servo and stops the recording when it detects the change in rapid servo condition, then, restarts the recording at the stop position after the servo condition is recovered.

A generic name for Flexible Speed and Flexible Strategy. 'FlexSS-BP' technology automatically selects the optimum recording speed for each disc, because some CDs cannot stand high speed recording with high recording power.

Flexible Speed

When a drive determines that it is barely tracing the placed disc correctly due to the variations between discs, and it determines that the placed disc cannot stand a high power laser at high speed recording, the drive selects a suitable recording speed for the disc and continues to record.

Flexible Strategy

It measures and evaluates the recording condition of the recorded area at the switching zones.

Developed by SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., a high density recording technology that doubles the recording capacity of conventional CD-R media (700MB).

- Specifications

E-IDE / ATAPI (Ultra DMA mode2)
Internal Buffer Size
Data tranfer speed ( ATA I/F) 33MB/sec
Random Access Time:

DVD 130ms and CD 100 ms

Write Speed HD-Burn 24X
CD-R 40X
Read Speed


CD-R 40X
DVD-ROM 12X single
8X double
Writng Type DVD+R: Incremental Write (Multi Session Support)
DVD-R: Disc at Once, Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Support)
DVD+RW: Random Write
DVD-RW: Rigid Restricted Overwriting, Incremental Write
CD-R/RW: Disc at Once, Session at Once, Track at Once, Packet Writing (Multi Session Support)
Support Media Type
DVD-ROM, DVD single layer / Dual layer, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, CD-DA, CD-ROM [Mode1, Mode2 (Form1/2)], CD-ROM / XA, Mixed mode CD, CD-R/RW, CD Extra, CD-TEXT
Support Formats
Disc Size 8/12 cm discs
OS Compatibility Windows 98SE/ME/XP/NT/2000
Dimensions (W*H*D) 148.5x42.5x194.2mm
Weight <1.0kg (2.2lb)
Power Requirements DC +5V± 5% / 12V± 10%, Max. 2.0A
MTBF > 30.000 POH (duty 20%)
Enviromental Specifications

Operating Temprature: 5°C to 45 °C
Storage Temprature -30°C to 60°C

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

As with the DD1203, the DD1205 also uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. In our screenshot there are 4 changes left since we had to set the first.

- Retail package

The retail package includes the Optorite DD1205, a quick installation guide, mounting screws and a sound cable. There are also Nero v6 OEM version and Sonic MyDVD. We were also pleasantly surprised to see included, an alternative black bezel.

On the rear panel you can see the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector and the power input.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. You can click on the mainboard picture for a higher resolution image:

Click to enlarge

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and WindowsXP recognized it as "OPTORITE DVD RW DD1205". The drive arrived with firmware v100e.

Below is a screenshot from Nero Burning Rom, showing the drive's specs.

We will be comparing the Optorite drive with the previous model, the DD1203 in order to observe the common and not so common points between the two drives.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.21
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. KProbe v2.2.3 (Reader: Optorite LDW-811S firmware vHS0Q, Reading speed 8X CAV)
  6. PlexTools v2.16 (Reader: Plextor PX-712A firmware v1.03, Reading speed 8X CLV for CD-R)
  7. DVDInfoPro v3.07
  8. Nero Burning Rom v6.3.1.20

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