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Thursday, December 02, 2004
Waitec Action16

1. Introduction

Waitec Action 16 Recorder - Page 1

Ten years after its creation, Waitec, the international high-tech company, introduces us to the new Action 16, the first Dual Format Double Layer recorder manufactured by the company. This latest addition to the DVD recorders market, offers support for all DVD+R media with burning speeds up to 16X and is hence capable of burning a full Single Layer disc in almost 6:00mins.

The Action 16 also supports the standard speed of 8X for DVD-R, 4X for DVD+RW and DVD-RW, and 2.4X recording speed for Double Layer media. Finally, the Action 16 can write CDs at 48X and can rewrite at 24X.

- Features

The Waitec Action 16, features SafeLink technology, which decides the optimum writing speed for each media used. The drive checks the media upon insertion and lowers the writing speed when the selected writing speed is higher than the maximum allowed for safe, quality recordings.

- Specifications

Write Speeds:

DVD+R:16X / -R: 8X, DVD+R9:2.4X DVD+RW: 4X, DVD-RW: 4X

CD-R: 48X, CD-RW: 24X
Read Speeds:

DVD+R/-R/+RW/-RW: 8X

DVD-ROM: 16X, CD-R/RW: 48X
Random Access:
DVD: 160msec, CD: 160msec
Buffer Size:
Supported Disc Formats:
DVD+R9, DVD-RW, CD-Extra, CD-I, CD-ROM, Audio CD, CDR,CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD Test, Photo CD,
Hybrid CD
Supported Writing Types:

DVD±RW: Disc-at-once, Incremental recording, Multi-border recording, Restricted overwriting

CD-R/RW: Variable Packet, TAO, SAO, DAO, Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn
Software Details: Nero Express 6, Nero InCD, Nero Vision Express 2, Nero BackITup, Nero Showtime, Nero Recode 2, Nero Cover-Designer, Nero Tool Kit, PhotoShow Deluxe

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

As we can see below, the Action 16 uses the RPC II region control, which supports region change up to a maximum of 5 times.We changed the drive to region free which can be done on the Action 16 using utilities such as Kprobe.

Additional information on the Waitec Action 16 from Kprobe :


- European Retail package

The retail version includes, the Waitec Action 16 drive, a quick installation guide in twelve languages, an audio cable and mounting screws. Also with the package are included Nero 6, the well known CD-DVD burning software, along with the also famous PowerDVD 5 for your DVD playback needs.

The front panel is the same as its predecessor, the Action 8, with the exception that on the Action 16's drive tray we can clearly discern the Double Layer logo. Along with the other logos arrayed below the tray door on the front of the drive, we have the activity led which, depending on the color, indicates the state of the drive.

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

Now, let's take a closer look of the "anatomy" of the drive... We opened the case (something we don't recommend as it will void the warranty) and took pictures for your viewing pleasure. In case you want higher resolution images, simply click on the image...

Click to enlarge!


With the warranty already void, it wouldn't hurt if we went a little would it? Again, clicking on the picture, will give you to a higher resolution image.

click to enlarge!

- Installation

The drive was installed as secondary master and under WindowsXP was recognized as "Waitec Action 16/1". The drives firmware is the latest version available, version BSX1. What follows is a Nero Burning Rom screenshot, listing the supported options of the Action 16 such as supported media and buffer underrun protection.

For the needs of this review and in the comparison tests, we used the Pioneer DVR-108 and Philips DVDR1640P drives, flashed with their latest firmware.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.40
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. PlexTools v2.17 (Reader: Plextor PX-712A firmware v1.05, Reading speed 8X CLV for CD-R)
  6. DVDInfoPro v3.16
  7. Nero Burning Rom v6.6.0.1
  8. DVD Decrypter
  9. CopyToDVD

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