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Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/2/2004 11:24:34 PM   
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I've been doing research into which DVD burner might serve me best in a new system that I'm building. Also, I'm largely interested in just having a DVD drive in the system to support games that are distributed through that medium.

I'm interested in a combo drive that has the ability to make backups of my CD-ROM computer games, i.e. with EFM support, possibly making archival copies of DVD movies, and be an all-around good medium for system backups.

With that in mind, based on some reviews that I've read here and at Anandtech, I've narrowed the choices down to three burners:

Pioneer DVR-108D
LG GSA-4160B (Hitachi) not 16x write speed
NEC's ND-3500A (EFM not supported, included because its popular)

Any suggestions on which drive might be the best fit for what I'm looking to do?
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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/3/2004 1:25:48 AM   
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Welcome to CDRinfo's Forum!

A combo drive is CD-RW with the ability to read DVDs, not writing on DVDs.

So do you need a DVD recorder only or two drives, a DVD recorder and a combo?

DVD burners are not too good with game protections.

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/3/2004 10:07:51 AM   
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I think for all wanting to buy a dvd burner it would be a good idea to read the reviews and check for firmware release on manufature site. checking the firmware releases will help a bit by letting you know what fixes if any have been addressed.

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/3/2004 6:22:56 PM   
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Thanks for that clarification.

Ideally I'd like a drive that can burn both the DVD and CD format in one unit. Something that supports EFM would be ideal for those pesky CD games.

The reviews that I've already reviewed seem to point to either the Pioneer or the LG unit, but I'm largely interested in getting some user perspectives/testamonials.

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/4/2004 12:23:07 AM   
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Also look at the benq 1620 (pro) it has some pretty fast acces times

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/4/2004 1:16:34 AM   
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Latest CD protections are difficult for almost all the new DVD burners. Most of them can only handle only up to SafeDisc 2.8.

In my opinion, if this feature is importand to you, I would get for a LiteOn CDRW/combo thus a separate cheap DVD burner. In that case you can do what you want.

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/6/2004 5:22:00 PM   
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Good point. Assuming I purchase a separate drive to CD's and burning, which of the above three drives would you recommend?

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/7/2004 8:07:56 AM   
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quote:

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get for a LiteOn CDRW/combo thus a separate cheap DVD burner.


Do you have any suggestions on a good cheap DVD burner then? Given that they're all about £50 now anyway, I wouldn't have thought it makes much difference. I'd still be more likely to go for one of these 3 drives anyway (I'm tending toward the LG atm)

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/7/2004 1:44:25 PM   
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3500A is a cheap and good drive, might want also to consider BenQ 1620

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RE: Pioneer DVR-108D v LG 4160B v NEC 3500A - 11/8/2004 2:05:17 AM   
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Yes NEC should be the cheapest. Both NEC and LG are good, which LG to be better in reading.

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