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Confused by the different formats? DVD-R, DVD+R, DVD-RAM, etc?
Then click here for explanation and recommendations.

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Sony DVD Burners for PCs

sony DVD burner dru500a
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Sony Double Layer DVD Burner DRU-700A

Sony DVD Burners drx500ul
Sony External DVD Burners

Sony DRU-500A Internal DVD±R/RW
Recommended! Supports all popular formats.
  • First DVD±R/RW drives in the known universe
  • Records to DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW
  • ATAPI EIDE interface.
  • Inlcudes DVD Video authoring software
  • Windows compatible
  • Sony DRU-500AX replaced DRU-500A
  • May 2003 update: Sony DRU510A replaces DRU-500A & DRU-500AX
  • Dec 2003 update: Sony DRU530A introduced, featuring 8X Max write speed.
  • June 2004 update: Sony DRU540A introduced, featuring 12X Max write speed.
  • Sept 2004: Sony DRU710A introduced, double layer, with 16X Max DVD+R write speed.
  • June 2005: Sony DRU-800A introduced, double layer, with 16X Max DVD+R/RW write speed.
Sony Double Layer DVD Burners
Double Layer DVD+R/RW Drive (stores up to 8.5 GB)
Sony DRX-500UL External DVD±R/RW:
Recommended! Supports all popular formats.
  • World's First External DVD±R/RW drive
  • Records to DVD+R/RW, DVD-R/RW, and CD-R/RW
  • Firewire and USB support.
  • Inlcudes DVD Video & Video CD authoring software
  • Windows compatible
  • Sony DRX-500ULX replaced DRX-500UL
  • July 2003 Update: Sony DRX-510UL replaces DRX-500ULX
  • January 2004 Update: Sony DRX-530UL replaces DRX-510UL
  • Sept 2004: Sony DRX-710UL introduced, double layer drive with 16X DVD+R write speed
  • Aug 2005: Sony DRX800UL introduced, double layer, with 16X Max DVD+R write speed.

Home DVD Recorders

Cheap DVD Recorder
Gateway DVD Recorder AR230

Cheap DVD Recorders (under $200)
Panasonic DVD Recorder
Panasonic DMR-30S
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Panasonic DMR-30K
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Panasonic DVD Recorders Prices

Sony DVD Recorders

Sony DVD Recorder Prices

What are all these DVD formats???

DVD recordable disks come in five formats: DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, and DVD-RAM. The main differences, from the consumer point of view, are rewritability and compatibility with home dvd movie players.

Here is a quick guide to the formats:

  • DVD-R and DVD+R use write-once disks, wheras DVD-RW and DVD+RW disks are rewritable.
  • DVD-R and DVD+R disks are more frequently playable on home dvd players. Recent studies by Philips and Intellikey showed that DVD-R and DVD+R disks had greater than 75% compatibilty in home dvd players, wheras DVD+RW and DVD-RW worked in home dvd players only 60-75% of the time. The compatibility was worse for older players.
  • Most DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW drives can create audio disks compatible with any cd player (using CD-R/RW media).
  • DVD-RAM media come housed in a cartridge (most disks can be removed from the cartridge), are re-recordable, and the disks cannot be played in an audio cd or home dvd movie players.

What we recommend:

  • First, choose a player that supports multiple formats. For example Sony's DRU-500A and DRX-500UL can record disks in any of these formats: DVD-R/RW, DVD+R/RW, and CD-R/RW.
  • Second, if you want the highest compatibility between your disks and home dvd movie players, record to DVD-R or DVD+R rather than rewritable disks. DVD-RAM disks can hold up to 9.4 GB, or twice the capacity of most other DVD recordable media.

See retailers' sites for up-to-date pricing and product specs.
Last updated December 10, 2007.

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