2. Transfer Rate Reading Tests
3. CD Error Correction Tests
4. DVD Error Correction Tests
5. Protected Disc Tests
6. DAE Tests
7. Protected AudioCDs
8. CD Recording Tests
9. Writing Quality Tests - Clover System Tests
10. Writing Quality Tests - C1 / C2 Error Measurements
11. DVD Recording Tests
12. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1
13. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2
14. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3
15. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4
16. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5
17. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 6
18. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 7
19. DVD+R DL - Page 1
20. DVD+R DL - Page 2
21. DVD-RAM Tests
22. BookType Setting
Since November 2000, when the joint venture between LG & Hitachi took place with a mutual target, the manufacturing of quality drives, the "HL-DS" series has provided the market with some good recorders, with the latest addition, the LG GSA-4163B. But the "HL-DS" series did not focus only in internal IDE drives.
In the following pages, we will be reviewing the GSA 5160D, an external drive of the "HL-DS" series. Both LG-GSA 4160B and 4163B, have offered a very good overall performance, so we wish to verify if the 5160D can do the same. Note that both drives mentioned previously, both internal ones, should not be used as a reference, the 5160D being an internal one. For the purposes of comparison, we will be reviewing this drive with two internal drives which we will see later on.
The LG-GSA5160D can burn a full single layer disc in less than 7mins. It can write +R media at 16X, -R at 8X and RW media at 4X. The drive, like most recent drives can also burn DL media at 2.4X burning speed, but unlike many recent burners, it can also read and write DVD-RAM media, thus making it compatible with all DVD formats.
Below are the full specs for the drive:
|Buffer Memory||2MB with buffer under run technology|
|Data transfer rate|
|Dimensions W x D x H (mm)||161.8 x 242 x 51|
|Disc Loading Method||Motorized Tray|
|Interface type||USB 2.0 by USB 2.0 converter cable|
|OS-Compatability||Windows 98SE, ME, 2K Professional, XP Home Edition, Professional|
|DVD-RW / +RW||8x Max|
|DVD-R / +R||10x Max|
|2x (Ver.2.0), 2x, 3x ZCLV (Ver.2.1), 3~5x PCAV (Ver.2.1)|
|Supported disc Formats|
|Write||DVD-RAM, DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, CD-R/RW|
|Read||DVD-RAM, DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, DVD-ROM, CD-R/RW, CD-ROM Mode 1,2, CD-DA, CD-I FMV, CD-ROM XA, Mixed CD, CD Extra, CD Text, CD-Plus, Photo-CD, Video CD|
|CD-R||4x, 8x, 16x CLV, 24x, 32x, 40x ZCLV|
|CD-RW||4x, 8x, 10x, 16x CLV, 24x ZCLV|
|DVD+R||2.4x, 4x CLV, 8x, 16x ZCLV|
|DVD-R||2x, 4x 8x CLV|
|DVD-RAM||2x(Ver.2.0), 3x ZCLV, 3~5x PCAV (Ver.2.1)|
|DVD-RW||1x, 2x, 4x CLV|
|CD-R/RW||Disk-at-once, Track-at-once, Session-at-once, Packet write|
|DVD-R /RW||Disk-at-once, incremental recording, Restricted overwrite(DVD-RW only)|
|DVD +RW||Random Write|
The drive uses the well known RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times.
Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:
- The drive / Retail Package
The package we received in our labs, contains the External Super Multi DVD rewriter, a USB 2.0 converter cable, a Firewire IEEE 1394 cable (6 pin to 6 pin), a Firewire IEEE 1394 (6 pin to 4 pin), an AC Power Adapter (with power supply cable), a software CD ( Nero Express, InCD, Power Producer Gold and Power DVD). Last but not least, a quick guide for the Software CD, and of course, the manual.
The front panel is not particularly impressive, since LG used the same typical panel available on most LG recorders. You can see the "Super Multi", "DVD+RW", "US-RW" and "DVD Multi Recorder" logos. However, there is no DVD+R DL format logo.
On the rear panel, you will find the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE selection pins, the IDE connector and the power input.
The device was connected in our test PC and was identified as "HL-DT-ST DVDRAM GSA-5160D" under WinXP.
As stated above, in this review, we will be comparing this drive with other two, both external drives, the Philips ED16DVDR and the Memorex F16, as all three drives have the same specs overall.
Since no further firmware release has been made by LG, the firmware used is the one that the drive came with, the A302 release.
- Testing software
In order to perform our tests we used: