NEC ND-2510A Recorder -
the big success of the ND-2500A drive, NEC released in June of 2004 the ND-2510A.
The ND-2510A is able to write up to 8.5GB on the new double layer DVD+R9 media.
This multispin drive supports both +R/+RW and -R/RW discs along with DVD+R9
at 2.4X. Although there are drives on sale that can record a full disc in less
time than the ND-2510A, NEC's main interest is burning quality, and not so
much the speed.
The ND-2510A takes advantage of NEC's "high resolution
writing strategy" and an improved version of NEC's "Active
Optimized Power Control" (Active OPC), the "high resolution writing
strategy". NEC further includes its own buffer underrun
error prevention technology.
ND-2510A can read at 12X max DVD-ROM discs and 40X max CD-ROM discs. It can
write at 8X for both -R and +R DVD formats, and can write/rewrite at 4X
-RW and +RW discs. The recording speed for DVD+R9 discs reaches 2.4X. As a
it can record at 32X max when CD-R discs are used, and 16X max with CD-RW discs.
Unfortunately, this drive does not support DVD-RAM media.
|Transfer Rate Read
||5...12x (max 16200 kb/s)
||17...40x (2550-6000 kb/s)
|Transfer Rate Write
||DVD-R 8x ZCLV (max 11040 kb/s)
||CD-R 32x ZCLV (max 4800 kb/s)
|DVD-RW 4x CLV (5520 kb/s)
|DVD+R 8x ZCLV (max 11040 kb/s)
||CD-RW 16x CLV (max 2400 kb/s)
|DVD+RW 4x CLV (5520 kb/s)
|DVD+R9 2.4X CLV (3300 KByte/s)
||motorized Tray load mechanism for horizonal and vertical use
||IDE / ATAPI
|Burst Transfer Rate
||PIO mode 4 / Ultra DMA 33
||headphone jack and volume control at front plus digital-out and line-out at the back (MPC compatible)
||DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Audio, CD Extra, CD Text, CD-IReady, CD-Bridge, Photo-CD, VideoCD, Hybrid CD
||DAO(disc at once), SAO(session at once), TAO(track at once) with zero gap, variable or fixed packet, multisession
||MPC Level 3, MultiRead, PC2001
||148mm x 42mm x 190mm
The drive does not support Mount Rainier and it uses the well known 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, VSO Inspector and
- The drive
The European retail package includes an installation guide. Also included
is Nero 6 software for writing, InCD for packet writing, Nero
Wave Editor for sound editing, NeroVision Express 2 and Nero Recode for authoring,
Nero Showtime for DVD playback, Nero Digital (MPEG4), Nero BackIt Up and Nero
The IDE cable, audio cable and mounting screws are also included.
We received one black colored and one white colored
drive from NEC. You can see from the pictures above that the faceplates not
only differ in color, but the DVD+R DL logo is shown only on the
black colored drive. However, we removed the screws and
covers from both drives and found
that the the drives are 100% identical. Maybe all drives released
from hereon will display the DVD+R DL.
On the rear panel you will find the analogue and digital
audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE slave/master selection pins, the IDE connector
and the power input.
Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty.
For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. Click on the photos
an enlarged view.
The drive uses the same chipset as the ND-2500A, namely the D63630.
Clicking on the image above will reveal a high resolution image. Notice that
inside the ND-2510A, there is a white barcode label with 2500A written on it!
The following picture shows the laser lens of the ND-2510A . Clicking on the
photo will open a higher resolution picture.
It should be noticed that the laser head unit of the
ND-2510A is exactly the same as that of the ND-2500A drive! Clicking on the
above image will
show a high resolution picture. For comparison reasons, you can also see a
picture of the ND-2500A
laser lens here.
The device was connected to our test PC and was identified
as "NEC DVD_RW ND-2510A" under
WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision v2.15.
In this review, we will be comparing the drive with the LiteOn SOHW-832S since both drives have similar specifications.
- Testing software
In order to perform our tests we used:
- Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.12
- CDVD Benchmark v1.21
- ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
- Nero Info Tool v2.24
- KProbe v2.2.0 (Reader: LiteOn LDW-811S firmware vHS0Q, LiteOn SOHD-167T firmware 9S13, LiteOn XJ-HD165H firmware CH11, and LiteOn LTD-163 firmware GH5S, Reading speed 8X CAV)
- PlexTools v2.15 (Reader: Plextor PX-712A firmware v1.01, Reading speed 8X CLV for CD-R)
- DVDInfoPro v2.54
- Nero Burning Rom v18.104.22.168
- DVD Decrypter 22.214.171.124
- CopyToDVD 126.96.36.199