In the beginning this drive was named Liteon LTD-163, such approach is typical of SONY. Most drives from this company are OEM versions of BTC's and Liteon's drives. We received this model in the OEM package. The front panel design is standard. There is only the Load/Eject button. In the front there is also a rubber layer to reduce noise and protect from dust.
Additional information on the device
EAC Configuration Wizard
Quality of operation with CDs
Testing with a standard CD
CD-ROM Drive Analyzer
Scratched CD reading
Advanced DAE Quality(Nero CD-Speed)
CD audio track extraction (CDDAE 99, EAC)
Direct copying of information from 780 MB CD-R (90 min.) to HDD
The drive copied the 780MB disc flawlessly. Copy time is 4 min. 42 sec.
Quality of operation with DVD
Nero DVD Speed
Testing with the one-layer DVD
Testing with the two-layer DVD
Compatibility with recordable DVD
In course of reading the DVD-RW there was a persistent reading error at 4.2 GB.
DVD-Video playback with Cyberlink PowerDVD 4.0
The DVD video was played without any problems. No artifacts were noticed. The quality wasn't affected either when the layer was changed.
On the whole, the drive works noisy at the maximum speed. It's possible to reduce the speed only using external programs (CDBremse, Nero DriveSpeed). The programs support the following speeds: 48x-32x-24x-20x-16x-14x-10x-8x-4x-2x.
In operation with the unbalanced discs the drive vibrated noticeably though not too strongly. However, it didn't prevent the drive from reading the disc successfully at the high speed.
The thermal conditions are good. The measurements were taken after 2-hour
Possibility to make it multizone (RPC-1)
According to www.firmware-flash.com/ it's possible to change the status of the drive from RPC-2 (region locked) to RPC-1 (region free).
SONY replaced its flagship of the 16x series with a new one having changed
the OEM manufacturer as well. Was it worth doing? If we compare the test results
with the previous model, we won't notice any considerable difference. All in all,
this is an excellent drive, though without any outstanding features.
Roman Shelepov (firstname.lastname@example.org)
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