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    Default [OT] Need advice on DVD burner

    My bday is coming up next weekend, and I'm going to ask for a DVD burner.

    Problem is, I don't know my about them.

    First of all, I need a clear explination of what these mean:

    I think DVD-R is just like a CD-R, and DVD-RW is the same as CD-RW, but what do DVD+R and DVD+RW mean?

    Also, what are some of the most popular brands to get a dvd burner?

    What's a typical speed to get? I'm hoping to get one that's round $200.

    I just need to know my discs (R/RW -/+), and a good brand or three to choose from, what the common speeds are, and I think I'll be all set.

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    Well first of all try to get one that burns both +R and -R that way you can buy the cheapes disks. Right now the -R are the cheapest. For example I just picked up a 50 pack from pricewatch of -R for 20 dollars (that included shipping)

    I have the Pioneer and I like it a lot. It is my first DVD burner so I could not tell you about the others. I think I saw that Plextor has one now and they are always good. I have a plextor cd burner in our other computer and it has been great I have never made a coaster with it.

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    What is the difference though between a +R(W) and a -R(W) ?

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    BTW, this is to everyone:

    Is there any reason I wouldn't be happy with this? :


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    I don't know why that wouldn't be okay. My recommendation was to get one that writes to all the available formats, and that one has that covered.

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    I don't know why that wouldn't be okay. My recommendation was to get one that writes to all the available formats, and that one has that covered.
    Sounds good to me, I think I'll get that one then.

    Oh, and how does its speed compare to the typical DVD burner right now? That *looks* about the normal speed I've seen lately, but then I haven't paid close attention.

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    What is the difference though between a +R(W) and a -R(W) ?
    if you really want to know...

    http://www.dvddemystified.com/dvdfaq.html

    this is probably the most relevant part:

    Is it true there are compatibility problems with recordable DVD formats?

    Yes. None of the writable formats are fully compatible with each other or even with existing drives and players. In other words, a DVD+R/RW drive can't write a DVD-R or DVD-RW disc, and vice versa (unless it's a combo drive that writes both formats). As time goes by the different formats are becoming more compatible and more intermixed. A player with the DVD Forum's DVD Multi is guaranteed to read DVD-R, DVD-RW, and DVD-RAM discs, and a DVD Multi recorder can record using all three formats. Some new "super combo" drives can record in both plus and dash format, and a few "super multi" drives can record all 5 disc types (DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM).
    like everyone else, i would just suggest a drive that covers everything

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    Does that Pioneer cover DVD-RAM? Should I even care if it doesn't?

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    The best DVD burner at the moment, IT does + and - . DVD-RAM is a dieing format.

    http://www.plextor.com/english/products/708A.html

    A 2X burner will burn a full DVD in about 30 minutes, 4X in about 15 minutes and 8X in about 7 or 8. The + format is the only one that will burn at 8X.

    I've had great luck with the + format. They'll play on every stand alone player I've tried, even 4 or 5 year old players. Some stand alone players will not play any burned DVD's, some play - and not +, it's a crap shoot as far as stand alone players are concerned.
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    I wanted to get this from best buy, and the first one I posted a picture of was from bestbuy.com, and so was the one just mentioned (Plextor)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

    Here's the first one:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....9&type=product

    They're the same price.

    So which should I get? Pioneer or Plextor?

    The specs look the same, except the Pioneer one says it can burn DVD-R at 8x, where as the Plextor only burns DVD+R at 8x, not both.

    Sounds like a tiebreaker to me unless someone tells me a reason not to.

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    I wanted to get this from best buy, and the first one I posted a picture of was from bestbuy.com, and so was the one just mentioned (Plextor)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

    Here's the first one:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....9&type=product

    They're the same price.

    So which should I get? Pioneer or Plextor?

    The specs look the same, except the Pioneer one says it can burn DVD-R at 8x, where as the Plextor only burns DVD+R at 8x, not both.

    Sounds like a tiebreaker to me unless someone tells me a reason not to.
    Either one will be great, both are rated high. I was wrong about the -R not burning at 8X, about month ago their was no 8X -R media around so I didn't think it was going to be available.
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    I wanted to get this from best buy, and the first one I posted a picture of was from bestbuy.com, and so was the one just mentioned (Plextor)

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....2&type=product

    Here's the first one:

    http://www.bestbuy.com/site/olspage....9&type=product

    They're the same price.

    So which should I get? Pioneer or Plextor?

    The specs look the same, except the Pioneer one says it can burn DVD-R at 8x, where as the Plextor only burns DVD+R at 8x, not both.

    Sounds like a tiebreaker to me unless someone tells me a reason not to.
    Either one will be great, both are rated high. I was wrong about the -R not burning at 8X, about month ago their was no 8X -R media around so I didn't think it was going to be available.
    So Pioneer should be cool?

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    So Pioneer should be cool?
    Yep, it's a good one.
    "Just look at the flowers ........ BANG"

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    If you care about the price, the NEC is the best one.

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