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It almost doesn't surprise me, the Plextor PX-504A is supposed to excellent as well. From the site: "Plextor deserved every ounce of hype and praise for this drive. Not only did Plextor dethrone long time DVD burning champions Pioneer and NEC, they also outpaced them. Pioneer and NEC are both expected to produce 8X capable DVD+R and DVD-R capable drives in November (DVR-A07 and ND-2300A, respectively), but Plextor has the upper hand with market saturation and aggressive pricing. Consider that the Plextor 708A costs around $280 for its fall debut, we can only assume it will cost less when the yet to be announced A07 and ND-2300A actually hit store shelves. NEC should also release their 8X DVD+R ND-1500A (which is not capable of DVD-R) early November as well."


Thanks for the heads up trailergod. ;)
 

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Make it known that by purchasing a dual format drive, you are unable to set a dvd-rom booktype using EITHER format, whereas if you buy a single format drive, dvd-rom booktyping is possible. This setting SIGNIFICANTLY increases compatibility with burned dvd-video discs. Not only will you probably not use both formats, you get stuck with a less compatible product.


What is it? Most dvd players look at the booktype of the disc before playing it. If it is a format it does not recognize or support (dvd+r, dvd-r) it simply will get confused and not play the disc, even though physically, it can. With a dvd-rom booktype, the player thinks its a normal dvd and reads it like it would a regular disc. In my experience, using this in tandum with the most compatible and iso restrictive burn settings has made a huge difference in what discs would work in my players and my friends' players, and has totally put the dvd+r/dvd-r argument to rest. Even players who do not officially "support" dvd+r will play the discs without a hitch.
 

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Interesting FitzRoy... This site says, "Although dual format recorders might not be the real solution from a consumers perspective we would advice to buy one. The dual format recorder allows you to buy the cheapest media and if you are lucky you will be able to find both DVD minus and DVD plus media that works with your DVD player." - The DVD format war - Should you go plus or minus? - Picking the right format - http://www.cdfreaks.com/article/110/2


They do talk about compatibility on that page. Top single format burners - http://desktopvideo.about.com/cs/top...tp/dvdburn.htm - Plextor PX-504A is listed...



PS - Also - Models Overview: Next Generation DVD+R/+RW Drives - http://www.dvdplusrw.org/pc/overview_next_gen.html - A View on Multi-Format Drives - http://www.dvdplusrw.org/pc/multiformat.html
 
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