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Thursday, July 29, 2004

1. Introduction

Optorite DD1203 Dual DVD±RW Recorder - Page 1

After 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 and 24X for HS-RW.

- Features

"Safe-BP" has 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 high speed recording conditions, the drive stops the recording immediately and restarts the recording at a lower recording speed.

Shock-BP 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.

A 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.

Flexible Speed
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.

Flexible Strategy
It measures and evaluates the recording condition of recorded area at switching zones.

Developed by SANYO Electric Co., Ltd., a high density recording technology that doubles the recording capacity of conventional CD-R media (700MB).

- Specifications

E-IDE / ATAPI (Ultra DMA mode2)
Internal Buffer Size
Data tranfer speed ( ATA I/F) 33MB/sec. (Ultra DMA mode2)
Random Access Time:

DVD 130ms and CD 100 ms

Write Speed DVD+R: 12X DVD-R: 8X,
CD-R: 40X CD-RW: 24X
Read Speed

DVD+R: 12X DVD-R:12X
DVD-ROM: Max. 12X (Single)
DVD-ROM: Max. 8X (Double)
DVD-Video: 12X
CD-R: Max. 40X
CD-RW: Max. 40X
CD-ROM: Max. 40X
CD-DA: Max 40X
CD-Video: Max 4X
HD-BURN: Max. 78X

Writng Type 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
CD-R/RW: Disc at Once, Session at Once, Track at Once, Packet Writing (Multi Session Support)
Disc Size 8/12 cm discs
OS Compatibility Windows 98SE/ME/2000/XP
Dimensions (W*H*D) 148.5x42.5x194.2mm
Weight <1.0kg (2.2lb)
Power Requirements DC +5V± 5% / 12V± 10%, Max. 2.0A
MTBF > 30.000 POH (duty 20%)
Enviromental Specifications

Operating Temprature: 5°C to 45 °C
Storage Temprature -30°C to 60°C

Below 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

The 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 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. You can click on the mainboard picture for a higher resolution image:

- Installation

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) was released.

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 specs.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.12
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.21
  5. KProbe v2.2.2 (Reader: Optorite LDW-811S firmware vHS0Q, Reading speed 8X CAV)
  6. PlexTools v2.15 (Reader: Plextor PX-712A firmware v1.03, Reading speed 8X CLV for CD-R)
  7. DVDInfoPro v2.54
  8. Nero Burning Rom v6.3.1.17

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