MET Technologies (CyQ've)
This year MET displayed at its booth a new 4x DVD recorder able to read and
write Dolby Digital audio . It is based on the Ricoh chipset for the optical
part of the construction. The drive at the exhibition (PV-2400i) used RW 5125
for demonstration proposes but the
a new advanced design offering full 4x recording. As you might know PC drive
trays are shorter by those normally used by consumer DVD/CD players. So the
use of special design in the latter case is necessary.
Below you can see the 2 chips from Cirrus Logic which offer encoding/decoding
functionality for the DVD audio/video streams.
The PV-2400i supports real time recording from various sources, such as TV,
Digital Camcoders through FireWire, S-Video and other analogue connections.
Below you can see the drive's interior.
Heat is a problem for most DVD recorders and affects both the quality of recording
and the life of the laser diode. Special precaution has been taken by the MET
engineers for designing a power supply without a need for a fun.
We wonder if this will be the case for the shipping version, though... (expected
within the next 2 months, at an estimated street price of about 500 euros).