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Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorders an... - 10/18/2005 6:08:14 PM   
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Plextor today announces three new internal DVD-ReWriter drives – the PX-750A, PX-760A and PX-760SA. The premium PX-760 series are the World’s fastest DVD-ReWriters to date and include the ATAPI/IDE PX-760A and the Serial ATA PX-760SA. They are both capable of 18x DVD+/-R and 10x DVD+R DL speeds and come with a comprehensive package of high-end features. The PX-750A is a mid-market ‘value’ drive at a competitive price, which is the first Plextor unit to include DVD-RAM capability as well as +/- R (Double/dual layer). 


Plextor PX-760 series

The PX-760A and PX-760SA, both of which can burn a single layer disc in just 5,5 and DVD+R DL in 13,5 minutes, are capable of the following DVD write speeds: DVD+/-R - 18x ; DVD+R DL - 10x ; DVD-R DL - 6x ; DVD+RW - 8x ; DVD-RW - 6x; DVD-ROM Read (16x).

Plextor has developed the premium PX-760 series using the company’s proprietary advanced technology to meet the demands of the high-end marketplace. Aimed at enthusiast/professional users who require the ultimate in quality and speed, the PX-760 series comes with the following features:

• AUTOSTRATEGY®: - For the best writing quality, the drive's enhanced AUTOSTRATEGY technology selects the optimised write strategy for every DVD disc and, if necessary, creates a new write strategy for unknown media. (DVD+/-R)
• Media quality check: To ensure the best results with the drive, this function checks the quality of blank media
• Write strategy creation : Creates a new write strategy for blank media
• PlexEraser: A data destruction utility that makes a recorded CD-R or DVD disc unreadable for increased security
• SecureRecording: The SecureRecording function lets you write on a CD-R disc and protect the data with a password
• Silent mode: If the drive needs to be used in a quiet environment, the drive can be switched to silent mode
• SpeedRead: Enables reading CD-R media up to the maximum speed of the drive
• GigaRec: GigaRec enables you to change the recording capacity of a standard CD-R disc from 70 percent up to 130 percent of its standard capacity
• VariRec: By adjusting the laser power, you can record CD’s to improve the read compatibility
• Q-Check: a diagnostic suite to verify the quality of blank and recorded media
• PoweRec: Intelligent technology to improve the write quality during the write process.
• PlexTools Professional: This software tool offers a complete suite of recording applications and supports your drive’s advanced quality check functions
• PlexTools Professional XL: Based on the basic software code of PlexTools Professional, PlexTools Professional XL offers more features and extra options
• Buffer Underrun Proof Technology: Prevents buffer underrun errors 


Plextor PX-750A

The PX-750A offers maximum flexibility to users: with multi-format compatibility and improved speed, it is a compelling, cost-effective option. As a result, it does not come with the extra features listed above, except Buffer Underrun Proof Technology which is standard on Plextor drives. It is capable of the following DVD write speeds: 8x DVD+/-R DL; 16x DVD+/-R; 5x DVD-RAM Re-Writing. 

Availability, Pricing and Warranty

The Plextor PX-750A, PX-760A and PX-760SA will all be available from November 2005 at Plextor’s network of dealers.

The recommended retail prices will be (excl. VAT & taxes):
- PX-750A: 65 €;
- PX-760A: 110 €;
- PX-760SA 115 €

They are covered by Plextor’s Fast Warranty Service (2-year warranty in the EU, Norway and Switzerland (Collect & Return); other countries 1-year carry-in). A comprehensive range of full and trial software is included from: Plextor (PlexTools Professional & PlexTools Professional XL), Cyberlink, Nero, Pinnacle and Sonic.
Customized drives based on specific needs such as industrial use can be requested.

More here...


Source : Plextor Press Release
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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/18/2005 6:25:22 PM   
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Yeah, I read this a few days ago.  I figured they were up to something.  They have not released a firmware for the 740 or 716 in months!


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/18/2005 8:47:12 PM   
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Figures when I make this post above, they release 1.09 firmware for the 716!!! LOL.....


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/19/2005 2:29:17 AM   
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Is this possible? I had the feeling that 16X was the limit...

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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/19/2005 8:19:33 AM   
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Yeah I agree 18x?  LOL, I don't burn a DVD past 8x, so it's of no importance to me anyway.


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/19/2005 1:41:21 PM   
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Anyone know if the value model is a rebadged drive?  I noticed the premium does not have DVD-RAM support, but the value does.  I suspect they may be both official Plextor drives because of the support for PlexTools... Does the PX-740 (BenQ DW1640) have support for PlexTools?

Also, I agree on the 18x speed of writing.  That's a helluffa claim.  I thought the limits for a DVD to spin in a drive were 16x due to the possibility of anything faster might shatter the disc.

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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/19/2005 5:45:56 PM   
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SithTracy,

    No, the Plextor 740 "DOES NOT" support Plextools, as it's a BenQ drive (rebadged), as you already know.  I would also think that the new drives are both made by Plextor.


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/20/2005 11:09:16 AM   
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The 750 series is Plextor's second generation DVD-RAM compatible write drive (PX-605A was the first, sold in Japan). It is an OEM BenQ/Philips DQ-60.

The 760 series are Plextor's own design (wonder which company provides the chipset this time, not Sanyo?!?!) with only 2MB buffer and support for 18X single layer / 10X DL overspeeding. One must wonder why an 8-16MB buffer isn't included. If you are to buy the 'world's fastest recorder', I'm sure I would fork out the extra 20 dollars or so for the cache size to be trippled... These 2MB buffers on *all* optical drives is really dissapointing since it is emptied in well under a second @ 16X DVD transfer rates.


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/20/2005 11:18:47 AM   
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quote:

ORIGINAL: SithTracy

Does the PX-740 (BenQ DW1640) have support for PlexTools?

Also, I agree on the 18x speed of writing.  That's a helluffa claim.  I thought the limits for a DVD to spin in a drive were 16x due to the possibility of anything faster might shatter the disc.


Good questions - The 740 series is supported by PlexTools but only to some extent (v3.02 doesn't even support bitsetting, this *may* (hopefully) have changed since the 3.05 revision, I don't have 3.05 yet...)

Physically, the limit before destruction of media (new media) is around 20X DVD. They can get away with 18X recording since more than 90% of the medium used is brand new, i.e. no wear/stress on media - therfore less likely to crack at >10000rpm (and only quality manufacturers like TY/MCC/Ricoh etc. are supported). 16 speed read-back is adopted since reading older/more used medium is far more susceptable to the physical limit, thus much more likely to be damaged/or destoyed completely along with drive internals.


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/20/2005 4:00:55 PM   
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Odd the 740 does not support bitsetting, the BenQ DW1640 does.  Probably just a Plextor firmware limitiation to justify the "lower" cost... HA - I got my DW1640 for under $40.00 U.S., however cost is not usually a concern, I do own a Plextor PX-716A and it's my favorite drive.

Now, the DVD-RAM strikes my interest, though I'll admit I was never interested before.  The drag and drop without a garbage packet writing package would be nice -- assuming I understand the technology correctly.  If the 750 is a BenQ than it makes sense why they do not have it on the 760.

Overall, I'm not too impressed though with the new burners from Plextor.  Probably just hold on to the 716 for a while until the next series comes out.  Like MP3Mogul said, 8x is fast enough for me right now... most of my media is 8x anyway.

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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/21/2005 12:37:07 AM   
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Hi
You can bitset using either Nero or QSuite 2.


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/21/2005 12:38:01 AM   
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You mis-understood me - The 740 series *does* support bitsetting, just not in Plextor's own software packages; which in itself is quite stupid...


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/21/2005 6:19:34 AM   
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3.05 does not support it either.  I emailed Plextor about this, and I was informed they "never" intend for the 740 to work fully with Plextools.


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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/21/2005 12:23:50 PM   
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...bad for them...

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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/21/2005 4:00:33 PM   
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The BenQ D60 is rather a TEAC DW-516E OEM drive from what i have heard

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RE: Plextor launches world’s fastest 18x DVD-Recorder... - 10/23/2005 8:25:01 AM   
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quote:

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The BenQ D60 is rather a TEAC DW-516E OEM drive from what i have heard

Yes, this is true I believe also, however it has been suggested that Plextor are sourcing these OEM TEAC 516E SuperMulti units indirectly though BenQ (since the relationship with BenQ to source the PX-740/DW-1640 previous gen drives) - yet to be confirmed though.


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