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LG will bring us twice the recording speeds in first-gen Blu-ray hardware

Blu-ray is expected to hit full force this summer as manufacturers begin launching their set top Blu-ray disc players and BD-R drives for PCs to the mass market along with content, supposedly. A handful of optical storage device manufacturers have already announced versions of PC drives with recording speeds of up to 2x for their first Blu-ray disc writers.

LG Electronics, a long time participant in the optical disc drive market, has gone a step further to announce a summer launch of a 4x Blu-ray disc drive to record to the new high-density media at twice the speed of first generation competitors.

LG's GBW-H10N is said to be able to write to BD-R media at 4x and BD-RE at 2x with support for reading and writing to DV-RAM media at 5x speeds. Below are the specs from LGE:

LG Electronics GBW-H10N Recorder
Reading Writing
BD-ROM (SL) 4.8x max
BD-R (SL) 2x, 4x CLV
BD-ROM (DL) 4x max
BD-R (SL) 4.8x max
DVD-R 2x, 4x CLV, 8x, 12x PCAV
DVD-R Dual Layer 2x, 4x CLV
DVD-ROM (Single/Dual) 16x/8x max
DVD-RW 1x, 2x, 4x, 6x CLV
DVD-R/RW/ 10x/10x/8x max
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x ZCLV, 5x PCAV
DVD-RAM 2x, 3x, 5x PCAV
DVD+R 2.4x, 4x CLV, 8x ZCLV, 12x PCAV
DVD-Video (CSS) 8x max DVD+R DL 2.4x, 4x CLV
DVD+R/+RW/DL 10x/10x/8x max DVD+RW 2.4x, 4x, 6x, 8x ZCLV
CD-R/RW/ROM 40x/40x/40x max
CD-R 4x, 8x CLV
CD-DA (DAE) 40x maxCD-RW 4x, 8x, 10x CLV

Pricing is set close to $1000 USD at the time of publication. Since this drive does not support recording to dual-layer media it may be best to wait for second generation drives and dual-layer media to hit before shelling out over a grand if you're not a die-hard optical media fan. Sony has already announced that it will begin shipping dual-layer media by the time LG plans to launch the GBW-H10N to the public and TDK has also announced availability of dual-layer media later this year though no timeframe has been given.

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Nice :)
By Clauzii on 5/30/2006 6:53:20 PM , Rating: 2
Now all the others have to double their speed, even before release :)

Competition ON!

RE: Nice :)
By Tedtalker1 on 5/30/2006 7:12:39 PM , Rating: 5
LOL 1000 clams.Great way to compete for the standard with HD-DVD.

RE: Nice :)
By cnimativ on 5/30/2006 7:24:51 PM , Rating: 1
$1000 is way too expensive for a play-back/recording device.

I would watch porn in regular DVD and wait for HD/BR DVD price to drop below $200.

RE: Nice :)
By Clauzii on 5/30/2006 7:31:10 PM , Rating: 2
I said competiton ON - not "Run to the warehouse!" :)

RE: Nice :)
By hoppa on 5/30/2006 7:35:48 PM , Rating: 2
Yeah, backups are pretty much the only use I see for these things. I'm as much of a hardware and image junkie as the next guy but DVD on HD is already quite impressive... I just don't see the need to drop double the money on image quality I'll only notice if I actually look for it, and we probably won't be at that price point for a couple years anyway.

RE: Nice :)
By jkresh on 5/30/2006 7:51:53 PM , Rating: 2
Price will probably fall fairly rapidly and $1000 is less then what the original cd players cost, less then cd burners and about what dvd burners cost. When the drives get around $200 - $300 (within a year), discs get down to $5 for single layer and hybrid drives that can read and write both come out then things will be interesting.

RE: Nice :)
By Spadge on 5/31/2006 1:56:49 AM , Rating: 3
Wasn't the first Pioneer DVD writer like $17,000 in 1997? Heck, even four years later they'd only just dropped to $1,000.

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