SONY DRU-530A DVD±RW recorder -
a month ago, Sony released onto the market it's very promising dual DVD
recorder, the DRU-530A. After a lot of waiting (due to some problems
in the post), our Sony drive finally arrived thanks to the official European
distributor. Eagerly, like mad scientists, we set forth, putting the
unit through its paces in our labs, and what follows is our appraisal of a
drive from which we expect a lot.
is capable burning at speeds of 8x for DVD+R media, 4x for DVD+RW, 4x for
DVD-R and 2x for DVD-RW. The maximum allowed recording speeds for CD media
are 40x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW.
DRU-530A recorder uses the Power-Burn feature to prevent buffer under-run errors.
feature includes Sanyo's well known Burn-Proof technology. Bellow are
presented the specifications for the drive, as they have been declared by
The drive has a 2MB buffer memory store and supports RAW DAO 96 writing
(CD). However the Sony drive does not support Mount Rainier,
nor does it read or write DVD-RAM media.
The drive uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change
the drive's region at most 4 times. For our tests, we set the region
code to 2 (Europe).
- The drive
european retail package includes one DVD-ROM,
containing all the appropriate software for using the drive. Included is
the Record Now CD/DVD burning software from Sonic, DLA for packet writing and
MyDVD, also from
Sonic, for editing/authoring. Finally, there's Power DVD 5 for DVD playback,
The warranty, a quick start guide, an IDE/ATAPI cable, sound card to recorder
connection cable and mounting screws complete the retail package contents.
The drive's front panel is colored off-white with a transparent perspex
cover on the tray door. On the tray door there are the DVD-R/RW logo on the
Compact Disc ReWritable logo in the center with the SONY brandname logo directly
above, and at right the DVD ReWritable
Below and at right, is the eject button, while a little to its left is the
activity/power led and emergency eject hole. The activity led turns orange
during playback and
On the rear panel there are
the analogue and digital audio 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. Click on the photo for
an enlarged view.
The drive is designed around the same
chipset as that used by the Optorite DD0401, manufactured
In addition, the mainboard looks exactly the same.
The SONY DRU-530A was connected to our test PC and was identified
as "DVD RW DRU-530A" under
WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision v1.0c.
By the time this review goes to air, Sony Japan will have released the
new firmware (v1.0d), which is supposed to improve the writing performance
of the drive.
The following pages include the test results for the Sony DRU-530A drive
in comparison with two other dual DVD burners, the Optorite
DD0401 (an interesting comparison here since both drives use the same chipset)
and the LiteOn LDW-811S.