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Blu-ray Writers: LG BH10LS30 vs Pioneer BDR-205

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January 30, 2010 6:09:06 PM

Hello,
I'm trying to decide on a blu-ray writer for my new system running Intel i5-750 CPU with 4GB DDR3. Does anyone have experience with these writers? I believe the LG model is fairly new and have not seen any useful reviews for it yet. They are priced the same pretty much.
Comments welcome.

Thx.
January 31, 2010 6:08:28 AM

Hey if it helps I'm building a new system with the exact CPU. I'm gonna give LG a try. Here's my specs.

Motherboard EVGA P55 SLI Mainboard 132-LF-E655-KR
Proccessor Intel Core i5; 2.66GHz Quad Core
Hard Disc Drive 100GB (Aquired)
Hard Disc Drive 1TB
Hard Disc Drive 80GB
Hard Disc Drive 2TB
RAM 4GB Kit
Video Card EVGA GTX 260 (Aquired)
Sound Card PCI Express Sound Blaster X-Fi Titanium
Wifi Card Airlink WiFi Card (Aquired)
DVD Rewritable Drive LG DVD Burner
Blu-Ray Rewritable Drive LG Blu-Ray Burner
All-In-One Card Reader All-in-1 Internal Card Reader (Aquired)
Proccessor Cooler
Power Supply 550 Watts
Case Logisys Acrylic Clear Tower (Aquired)
Operating System Windows 7
Fan Adapter 80-120mm Adapter
Network Card EVGA Killer Xeno Pro
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a b G Storage
January 31, 2010 8:05:29 AM

Pioneer have a good rep for optical drives. I've had two secondhand Pioneer DVD writers which performed perfectly.
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a b G Storage
January 31, 2010 8:11:54 AM

I think it was Benq who started selling it. But I have a liteon, sony, and a pioneer they last much longer.
a c 351 G Storage
January 31, 2010 4:11:40 PM

Have the LG H20L Blu-ray burner (E6400 @ 3.2 GHz). Have Had it for a about 2 Yrs and it has worked fine, no problems, Have not made many BR-Rs or BD-REs ( mainly just verified that it works) do to cost vs DVD-R/RWs.

Have just ordered the Pioneer 205 from New egg for my i5-750, Precieve (May not infact be true) that it is better quality. Use to Buy Plextor, But not sure if their new on is just a rebaged and at a MUCH higher cost.

Liteon - Have bought in the past, Think they have gone down hill.
Sony - They tick me off, so I do not buy unless there is a very compelling reason.
a b G Storage
January 31, 2010 4:52:22 PM

For Blue-Ray my LG GGW-H20L have been very reliable both for Blue-Ray Playback and Burning BD, DVD, and CD disc.

For optical disc i prefer names brand such as Sony, Toshiba, and lately LG.
February 1, 2010 12:23:26 PM

Thanks for info guys. This confirms to me that is it is a tough choice since both Pioneer and LG make good quality drives. I've had both products for DVD burners and they both served me well - actually I'm still using the LG DVD burner.
Specs are very close only difference is that Pioneer does 12x and LG does 10x for writes and for reads LG can do 10x on BD-ROM while Pioneer can do 8x.
But currently there is no media to keep up with any of these specs anyways. I think I read 6x media is the fastest out right now?

Anyhow I guess I'll flip a coin on which drive to get ... :) 

TAILS - I picked the LG drive - found it for a better price!
February 11, 2010 8:16:49 PM

Had the LG GGW H20L for 6 months (since 08/09) and it proved to be excellent,and I caught it on sale from NewEgg,to boot for $139. Remember this one reads HD DVD as well,which makes the price even more compelling. Today,I got the Pioneer BDR 205 thru UPS from RunTechMedia.com for $199. Gonna report on it later,and it's home,and I'm at work. Will report on this after I've had the opportunity to test it... and while you wait on that,here's a stellar review from MYCE on that drive: http://www.myce.com/review/pioneer-bdr-205-blu-ray-drive-review-22946/Introduction-1/
February 12, 2010 6:03:57 AM

Update,placed it in the same enclosure (Vantec NexStar DX) as my LG GGW H20L,the Pioneer BDR 205 works just great. It burned a free in the box 4x BR disc @10 X. It was what I expected and fortunately,it's what I got. NewEgg now has it for $199...

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May 14, 2010 5:35:45 PM
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I have built a system with this LG BluRay bdwriter BH10ls30 and did not have any issues
PSU 850w
Mother board Intel DP55WG
16gb ddr3 ram Cosair 4 gig sticks
nVidia GTX 480
Asus wireless card
Windows 7 Ultimate
bluRay playback thru cyberlink ultra 10 (had discount upgrade) was great
playback thru hdmi port on GTX480 was flawless

as a 3D rig it is awesome, but needed the full 850w psu to drive all of this.
have played Avatar in 3D on a 55" Samsung and it looks fabulous!
May 29, 2010 3:19:33 PM

lazenguy said:
I have built a system with this LG BluRay bdwriter BH10ls30 and did not have any issues
PSU 850w
Mother board Intel DP55WG
16gb ddr3 ram Cosair 4 gig sticks
nVidia GTX 480
Asus wireless card
Windows 7 Ultimate
bluRay playback thru cyberlink ultra 10 (had discount upgrade) was great
playback thru hdmi port on GTX480 was flawless

as a 3D rig it is awesome, but needed the full 850w psu to drive all of this.
have played Avatar in 3D on a 55" Samsung and it looks fabulous!

May 30, 2010 7:01:55 AM

Hi. It sounds like an awesome system. Is your Samsung TV a 3D TV? Is the Avatar disk a 3D disk or a normal disk? How much did your GTX 480 cost? The prices I see on the web is outrageous!
May 11, 2011 6:35:24 PM

Hi guys,

I just bought a service manual for my Surround System PIONEER HTP-SB510 from: www.manualsparadise.com
They delivered in less than 20 minutes, the price was fair, and their service was really good compared to other sites where I have bought manuals in the past. And, they seem to have a huge collection of manuals!
Recommended.
a c 157 G Storage
May 12, 2011 2:27:25 PM

i have lg and liteon!
May 19, 2011 12:25:43 PM

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