2. DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer measurements - 1
3. DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer measurements - 2
4. DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer measurements - 3
5. DVD SL Writing Strategies
6. Verbatim 16x DVD-R MCC 03RG20 at18x
7. Datasafe 16x DVD-R TTH02 at18x
8. Moser Baer India 16x DVD-R MBI 01RG40 at16x
9. CMC Magnetics 16x DVD-R CMC MAG AM3 at16x
10. Daxon 16x DVD-R DAXON016S at16x
11. Prodisc 16x DVD-R ProdiscF02 at16x
12. TTH01 DVD-R TTH01 at16x
13. Maxell 16x DVD-R RITEKF1 at16x
14. Prodisc 16x DVD-R PRODISC S05 at 16x
15. Taiyo Yuden DVD-R 8x Certified (16x compatible) TYG02 at 12x
16. Datawrite Mach4 8x DVD-R INFODISC-R20 at 8x
17. CMC Magnetics 8x DVD-R CMC MAG AE1 at 8x
18. Optodisc 8x DVD-R OPTODICSR008 at 8x
19. Verbatim 16x DVD+R MCC 004 at 18x
20. Maxell 16x DVD+R MAXELL 003 at 18x
21. Plextor 16x DVD+R YUDEN000 T03 at 18x
22. Philips 16x DVD+R PHILIPS C16 at 16x
23. CMC Magnetics 16x DVD+R CMC MAG M01 at 16x
24. BenQ 16x DVD+R DAXON AZ3 at 16x
25. Taiyo Yuden 4x Certified (8x compatible) DVD+R YUDEN000 T02 at16x
26. Ricoh 16x DVD+R RICOJPN R03 at 16x
27. Prodisc 16x DVD+R PRODISC R05 at 16x
28. Traxdata 16x DVD+R RITEK R04 at16x
29. Optodisc 16x DVD+R OPTODISC R16 at16x
30. Datawrite Titanium 8x DVD+R PRODISC R03 at12x
31. Maxell 8x DVD+R RITEK R03 at 8x
32. Ridisc 8x DVD+R CMC MAG E01 at 8x
Sony NEC Optiarc is a joint venture that combines Sony's and NEC's optical disc drive (ODD) divisions. The new company was announced last February. Under the alliance, Sony and NEC work together in the development, design and marketing of optical data-storage disk drives, including rewritable CDs and DVDs. The joint venture will replace both companies' own activities in the optical disc market, at least for red laser drives.
We recently received the first DVD burner from Sony NEC Optiarc Inc., the Optiarc AD-7170A. The drive offers the fastest available DVD recording speeds of 18x for SL and 8X for DL media, together with a high CD recording speed of 48x. It also supports DVD-RAM, with the impressive recording speef of 12x. At an 18x writing speed for DVD-R / +R media, a 4.7GB compilation can be burned in around 5 minutes. Below is a summary of the specifications for this device.
The 12x DVD-RAM writing speed is supported with compliant media, currently announced from Maxell and Panasonic. However, the availability of such discs (RAM2) is very limited - if at all - in Europe. Maxell will not ship the new media to Europe at all, making most European owners of the new drive disappointed to say the least.
Manufactured in the company's plant in Malaysia, the AD-7170A is currently available in Europe.
In the following pages, we examine the writing quality and the behavior of the drive with various DVD-R and DVD+R media brands. All media were measured using the DaTARIUS DVD Analyzer R 2x. More information on the testing equipment is given in the following pages. In case you are not familiar with the signals and the various quality measurements carried out on DVD recordable media, we recommend you take some time and read the next two pages, where you will find a detailed explanation of the signals measured.
All discs were burned at the maximum available speed, allowed by Nero Burning Rom. The recording project, a data compilation, was the same for all discs.