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Conclusion

So, our brief sally into the world of modern DVD-burners has come to its end. Now we will try to sum up all the information and point out advantages and bottlenecks of each of the participating drives. Our comments are based on the results of the tests performed with the given media.

Mitsumi DW-7801TE

Highs:

  • The least expensive drive in this roundup (below $200);
  • High specified speed characteristics;
  • Headphones socket;
  • Full set of accessories.

Lows:

  • Not the best choice for work with audio CDs;
  • Can’t read physically damaged media well.

NEC ND-1100A

Highs:

  • High specified speed characteristics;
  • Headphones socket.

Lows:

  • Not the best choice for work with audio CDs;
  • Can’t read physically damaged media well.

Pioneer DVR-104WB

Highs:

  • Stable read speed across all types of CD media;
  • Adequate DVD-ROM speed.

Lows:

  • Not the best choice for work with audio CDs;
  • Can’t read physically damaged media well.
  • Average speed characteristics;
  • No digital audio output;
  • No headphones socket.

Pioneer DVR-105

Highs:

  • Headphones socket;
  • Stable read speed across all types of CD media;
  • Very good at reading damaged discs;
  • Really high DVD-ROM read speed.

Lows:

  • No digital audio output.

Pioneer DVR-A05

Highs:

  • Headphones socket;
  • Stable read speed across all types of CD media;
  • Good at reading damaged discs;
  • Really high DVD-ROM read speed.

Lows:

  • No digital audio output.

Pioneer DVR-105BK

Highs:

  • Headphones socket;
  • Stable read speed across all types of CD media;
  • Very good at reading damaged discs;
  • Really high DVD-ROM read speed.

Lows:

  • No digital audio output.

Ricoh RW5125A

Highs:

  • Headphones socket;
  • Stable read speed across all types of CD media;
  • Very good at reading damaged discs;
  • Really high speed for all types of DVD media;

Lows:

  • No evident drawbacks revealed.

Sony DW-U10A

Highs:

  • Support of both DVD media formats for read and write;
  • Stable reading of nearly all types of CD media.

Lows:

  • No headphones socket;
  • Can’t read physically damaged media well;
  • Low effective DVD read speed.

Sony DW-U12A

Highs:

  • Support of both DVD media formats for read and write;
  • Stable reading of nearly all types of CD media.

Lows:

  • No headphones socket;
  • Can’t read physically damaged media well;
  • Low effective DVD read speed.

Teac DV-W50E

Highs:

  • Support of both DVD media formats for read and write;
  • Stable reading of nearly all types of CD media;
  • High effective DVD-ROM read speed;
  • Headphones socket;
  • Good at reading physically damaged media.

Lows:

  • No digital audio output.

Now we should only single out the today’s winner: the best and fastest solution of the 10 DVD-burners reviewed. Despite its pretty high price, we would recommend the SONY DW-U12A DVD-burner. It boasts very high performance and can be considered a true universal solution for all needs. While the battle of DVD-formats is still going on, you will feel absolutely independent and will be able to work with any types of discs if you make up your mind on SONY DW-U12A drive.

 
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