Optorite DD1203 Dual DVD±RW Recorder -
the dual 8X recorder DD0405, Optorite speeds up to 12X recording for the plus
format, with it's new DD1203 burner. Based on the Sanyo chipset,
the new recorder promises good performance at an affordable price
compared with other 12X +R recorders. Lets see how it stacks up!.
- Drive specs
The DD1203 dual burner offers 12X DVD+R, 8x DVD-R, 4X DVD±RW writing
and 12X DVD-ROM reading. The drive also supports 40X recording for CD-R media
24X for HS-RW.
achieved enough detection performance at more than 40x speed with the improvement
of the electric circuit for the detection of disarrangement
of the servo pickup. When a disarrangement of this servo is detected at
recording conditions, the drive stops the recording immediately and restarts
recording at a lower recording speed.
always monitors the condition of the focus and tracking servos and stops
the recording when it detects the change in rapid servo conditions,
whence it restarts recording at the stop position after the servo
condition has recovered.
generic name for Flexible Speed and Flexible Strategy. 'FlexSS-BP'technology
automatically selects the optimum recording speed for each disc, because some
CDs cannot stand high speed recording with a high recording power.
When a drive determines that it is barely tracking the placed
disc correctly because of the variations between discs, and it determines
that the disc
cannot withstand a high power laser at high speed recording, the drive
selects a suitable recording speed for the disc and continues to record.
It measures and evaluates the recording condition of recorded area at switching
Developed by SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., a high density recording technology
that doubles the recording capacity of conventional CD-R media (700MB).
E-IDE / ATAPI (Ultra DMA mode2)
Internal Buffer Size
|Data tranfer speed ( ATA I/F)
||33MB/sec. (Ultra DMA mode2)
Random Access Time:
||DVD+R: 12X DVD-R: 8X,
DVD+RW: 4X DVD-RW: 4X
CD-R: 40X CD-RW: 24X
DVD+R: 12X DVD-R:12X
DVD-ROM: Max. 12X (Single)
DVD-ROM: Max. 8X (Double)
CD-R: Max. 40X
CD-RW: Max. 40X
CD-ROM: Max. 40X
CD-DA: Max 40X
CD-Video: Max 4X
HD-BURN: Max. 78X
||DVD+R: Incremental Write (Multi Session Support)
DVD-R: Disc at Once, Incremental Recording (Multi-Border Support)
DVD+RW: Random Write
DVD-RW: Rigid Restricted Overwriting, Incremental Write
Disc at Once, Session at Once, Track at Once, Packet Writing (Multi Session Support)
||8/12 cm discs
||DC +5V± 5% / 12V± 10%, Max. 2.0A
||> 30.000 POH (duty 20%)
Operating Temprature: 5°C to 45 °C
Storage Temprature -30°C to 60°C
are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:
The drive also uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user
to change the drive's region at most 5 times. There is a region free firmware available
at "The Dangerous Brothers" website.
- Retail package
retail package includes the Optorite DD1203, a quick installation
guide, mounting screws and a sound cable. Software included are Nero v6
OEM version and Sonic MyDVD. A pleasant surprise is the inclusion of an
alternative black bezel.
On the front, there are on the tray the DVD-R/RW, DVD+RW and compact
disc rewritable logos. The activity led is below the emergency eject
hole. On the right there are the play/skip and stop/eject buttons, while
there's also a volume adjust on the left next to the headphones jack. The
front bezel can be changed with the included
black as was previously mentioned, or left white, as is out of the box. Note
that both are included in the retail package.
On the rear panel you can see the analogue and digital outputs (SPDIF), the
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. You can click on the mainboard
picture for a higher resolution image:
The drive was installed as secondary master and WindowsXP recognized
it as "OPTORITE DVD RW DD1203".
The drive arrived with firmware v110E.
After all tests finished a newer firmware revision (v1.20E)
Below is a picture from Nero Burning Rom, showing the drive's specs.
We will compare the Optorite drive with the LiteOn SOHW-1213S
and Plextor PX-712A, since the drives have similar DVD/CD recording
- Testing software
In order to perform our tests we used:
- Nero CD-DVD Speed
- CDVD Benchmark v1.21
- ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
- Nero Info Tool v2.21
v2.2.2 (Reader: Optorite LDW-811S firmware vHS0Q, Reading speed 8X CAV)
- PlexTools v2.15 (Reader:
Plextor PX-712A firmware v1.03, Reading speed 8X CLV for CD-R)
- DVDInfoPro v2.54
- Nero Burning Rom v18.104.22.168