LiteOn combo SOHC
LiteOn announced about 1 month ago its new Combo drive SOHC 5232K. We were very
pleased when the drive arrived a few days ago. Without any unnecessary
lose of time we immediately put our hands on the unit and started the scrutinizing
is capable burning at speeds of 52x for CD+R media and 32x for CD+RW.
Being a combo drive, it can also read DVD-R and DVD+R media at 16x (21,350KB/sec
Max), apart from the CD-R reading at 52x.
SOHC-5232K recorder uses the Smart-Burn feature to prevent buffer under-run
errors, and Smart-X which is used to adjust the read-speed
for more stable results. Bellow are
presented the specifications for the drive, as they have been declared by
||52x32x52x CD-RW & 16x DVD-ROM
||Electrical load / eject, with emergency eject
|Supported CD Media
CD-R & CD-RW discs ( up to 99min. ) DVD
single / dual layer DVD+R / RW, DVD-R / RW
Orange-Book part 2,3
Volume 2 : High Speed & MMC2 commands
Disk at once
Track at once
Support Fixed and Variable packet
Raw Mode Burning & Over-Burn
VAS to reduce vibration & noise during recording & reading
Optical Drive: Standard IDE Interface
||Height 4,1 cm x Width 14,5 cm x Length 17 cm - Weight
Operating +5° to +45° C
Storage -30° to +60° C
Humidity 15 - 80 % (no condensation)
•Nero Express version
•Power DVD XP
• Quick Install Guide
• Cables & Screws
• Free helpdesk support
• 2 years manufacturers warranty
The minimum system requirements for the drive and complementary
Pentium 166 MHz or faster CPU and 64 MB or higher RAM are required
Compatibility with Windows 95 / 98 / NT4.0 / ME / 2000 / XP
The drive has a 2MB buffer memory, and supports
Mount Rainier but it doesn't read or write DVD-RAM media.
The drive uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change
the drive's region at most 4 times. For our tests, we set the region
code to 2 (Europe).
- The drive
package includes Ahead's Nero Express burning software and Cyberlink's Power
DVD XP for DVD playback.
The warranty, a quick start guide, an IDE/ATAPI cable, soundcard
connection cable and mounting screws complete the retail package contents.
The drive's front panel has nothing unusual or revolutionary. The plain white
colored front with the Ultra Speed ReWritable and DVD ROM logos on the right
and center respectively.
Below from left to right are the headphone jack, the volume control, the power
led and the eject button.
during playback and
Also the emergency hole is above the volume control button.
On the rear panel there are
the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE connector
and the power input.
Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty,
so don't try this at home. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures.
Click on the photo for
an enlarged view.
The LiteOn SOHC-5232K was connected to our test PC and was identified
as "LITE-ON COMBO SOHC-5232K" under
WinXP. All tests were executed
with firmware revision VNK06.
The following pages include the test results for the LiteOn SOHC-5232K drive
in comparison with 4 other drives of similar specifications. For the CD reading
tests we used Freecom FC-1, TEAC DW-548D for the DVD reading tests and finally
we compared the drive's CD writing speed and quality with the Optorite CW5201
and the Aopen CRW5232. We used these drives, to have a more realistic and concluding