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Wednesday, November 03, 2004
Sony DRU-540A

1. Introduction

Sony DRU-540A DVD±RW Burner

Introduction - Retail Package

The recorder is capable burning at speeds up to 12x for DVD+R media, 4x for DVD+RW, 8x for DVD-R and 4x for DVD-RW. The maximum allowed recording speeds for CD media are 40x for CD-R and 24x for CD-RW.

The DRU-540A recorder uses the Power-Burn feature to prevent buffer underrun errors. This feature includes Sanyo's well known Burn-Proof technology. The specifications for the drive are presented below.

PART NUMBER DRU-540A
DRIVE TYPE Internal Combination DVD-R/-RW, DVD+RW/+R,
CD-R/RW Drive
MEDIA & MODES SUPPORTED DVD: DVD-R/-RW, DVD+R/+R DL (read only)/+RW
DVD-ROM, DVD-Video
CD: CD-DA, CD-ROM (XA), CD Extra, Video CD,
Photo CD**, CD Text, multi-session
READ/WRITE SPEED Write (DVD-R) 1X, 2X, 4X, 8X (Z-CLV)*** max.
Write (DVD-RW) 1X, 2X, 4X*** max.
Write (DVD+R) 2.4X, 4X, 8X (P-CAV)***, 12X (P-CAV)**** max.
Write (DVD+RW) 2.4X, 4X max.
Write (CD-R) 4X, 8X, 16X, 24X ~ 32X (P-CAV) 40X (CAV)*** max.
Write (CD-RW) 4X, 8X, 12X, 16X, 24X (P-CAV)*** max.
Read (DVD-ROM) 12X max.
Read (CD-ROM) 40X max.
SUSTAINED DATA TRANSFER RATE 16.2 MB/s max. (12X DVD-ROM)
AVERAGE ACCESS TIME 160 ms (DVD 12X)
130 ms (CD 40X)
INTERFACE EIDE (ATAPI)
BURST TRANSFER RATE 33 MB/s Ultra DMA Mode 2
BUFFER MEMORY 2MB
POWER CONSUMPTION +5V 2.0A max., +12V 2.0A max.
DIMENSIONS (WxHxD) 5.75 X 1.63 X 6.75 inches
WEIGHT 2lbs.
PACKAGE CONTENTS Internal DRU-540A Dual RW drive
Ahead NeroVision® Express DVD video editing
& authoring software
Ahead Nero® Burning ROM CD/DVD
mastering software
Ahead InCD® drive letter recording software
Ahead Nero Showtime™ soft DVD player software
Ahead Nero® BackitUp backup software
ATAPI cable and mounting hardware
User’s Manual
SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS Pentium® III 800 MHz or faster (or equivalent)
CPU minimum
Pentium IV 1.6GHz or faster (or equivalent)
CPU is recommended for real time video
authoring/editing
128 MB of RAM
(256 MB or more for Windows XP Systems)
10GB of hard disk space
Windows® 2000 or Windows® XP Home or
Professional Operating Systems
WARRANTY One Year Limited
 

* DVD+RW and DVD-RW discs recorded on this drive will playback in most consumer DVD players and computer DVD-ROM drives.
** Not supported with the bundled software, additional software required.
*** Appropriated speed rated recordable/ rewritable discs required.
**** Supports 12X recording on specifi ed 8X DVD+R discs, please see User’s Manual for list of specified 8X DVD+R media brands.

The drive uses the 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

We received the SONY DRU-540A retail package of the drive. The retail package includes the internal SONY DRU-540A burner and recording, DVD authoring and DVD playback software (Nero, InCD, PowerProducer Gold and PowerDVD player). You will also find an owner's manual and manual for Nero recording software, as well as an audio cable, mounting screws and atapi cable.



 

The front panel is not particularly impressive, since Sony uses the same typical panel available on most burners. You can see the "DVD R/RW", "Compact Disc Rewritable Ultra Speed " and "RW DVD+Rewritabler" logos. There is no DVD+R DL format logo, since the drive does not support DL burning.

On the rear panel you will find the analogue and digital audio outputs, the IDE selection jumpers, the IDE connector and the power input.

Opening the device's case will void the warranty, so we advise against it. Instead, use the photos in this review for a closer look under the hood. Clicking on the image below will open a high resolution image in a new window.

- Installation

The device was connected in our test PC and was identified as "Sony DVD RW 540A" under Windows XP.All tests were done with firmware revision v1.0b.

The following pages include the test results for the Sony DRU-540A drive in comparison with three other dual DVD burners, the Plextor PX-712A, the LiteOn SOHW-1213S and the LG GSA-4120B.




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