Media Speeds 4x or 8x.Which is best?

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  1. dakara

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    I have a Pioneer DVR 520,which I use for Archiving VHS,and recording from digital satellites- but not SKY,which is not available here. I use TDK DVD-R discs exclusively,at present 8x,which function perfectly,but would be grateful if anyone can tell me what the difference is between these and the 4x discs,and which would be the best ones to use.
    Regards,Dakara
     
  2. Nelviticus

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    8x discs are capable of being written to twice as fast as 4x ones. I don't think there are any DVR machines that fast though, 8x (or even 16x nowadays) is only seen on the newer PC-based DVD-burning drives.

    Both disks will work in your machine at the same speeds.
     
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    Whilst it does not affect dakara, it is worth mentioning that machines made to copy at 2 speed may well not like higher speed DVD-RW discs as the standards changed when the discs speed was increased to 4x and higher. I found this out when I ordered some 2xDVD-RW discs (Verbatim) and the dealer kindly sent me 4xDVD-RW (Verbatim) for the same price as he no longer had any 2x - They would not work in the Pioneer 5100 as it was designed to take 2x discs and did not even recognise the "higher spec" 4x discs.
     
  4. pjclark1

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    you should try to match the media speed to your recorder design speed
    you have a 1x recorder, get the media rated closest to that speed.
     
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    Thanks for the info.
     
  6. dmjohnson123

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    I have bought some datawrite grey 8x -R discs for use with my pioneer 108 drive on the PC.
    Will I damage my Pioneer 220s recorder by using these 8x -R discs. I have used 4x -R discs with the 220s and its quite happy with them.

    Can I try these 8x discs on the 220s and will it either work or not work or could I physically damage something/reduce the life of the laser etc. ???
     
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    The Pioneer 420, 520, 720 DVD Recorder range can write to DVD-R at 8x speed using the 'high speed copy' option. DVD-RW can write at 4x with compatible media.
     
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    I don't see any reason not to use the 8x media. The hard-drive models of this range can actually write at 8x so I see no reason why the 220 should have a problem with the media - the writer is probably the same.
     
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    Trying a higher speed disc than the drive can cope with will not cause any damage.
     
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    Thanks MikeMcr and Tabatha for your replies.

    I'll give the 8x discs a whirl in my 220s.
     
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    I see that you have an XS32. Apparently they recommend 2X discs for it. I have just bought a pile of verbatim 4X DVD-R. Should I open a pack to try them out? Do you think they will work?
     
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    I use Verbatim 4X -R discs on my XS32, and they work great.

    With -RW it doesn't tend to like 4x, need to use 2X. But no problem with -R 4x.

    Mark
     
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    Leaving a blank 8x disk in a standalone or 4x PC recorder can destroy the laser.
    (ifusing an early firmware, can be cured by upgrading to latest firmware)
    Putting it in and writing to the disk straight away will not cause a problem.

    playing finalised media of any speed rating should not cause any problems
     
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    What speed does the XS32 actually write at to -R and -RW?
     
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