LG Electronics Introduces 4X Blu-Ray Recorder
May 30, 2006 6:35 PM
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LG Electronics GBW-H10N - Image Courtesy Blu-ray.com
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
BD-ROM (SL) 4.8x max
BD-R (SL) 2x, 4x CLV
BD-ROM (DL) 4x max
BD-RE (SL) 2x CLV
BD-R (SL) 4.8x max
DVD-R 2x, 4x CLV, 8x, 12x PCAV
BD-RE (SL) 2x CLV
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 max
CD-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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When prices are <$0.25 a GB for media
5/30/2006 8:13:16 PM
is when I'll pick one of these up. Until then, i have no use for it. Hardrive prices are too cheap these days and other than backup, these new drives have no other use.
What really irks me is the fact I cant record a movie in HD from my HD DVR. Gotta love HDCP....
Gone are the days of recording your favorite movie for your OWN use to save to your library. I know some of you will say for me to just buy the DVD but then I feel I shouldnt have to pay for cable every month.
I usually do things legally but I cant wait for a way around HDCP. Its only a matter of time.
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