CD Freaks presents a series of Questions and Answers with people working in the digital storage industry. Questions are gathered by posting a thread in the forums where community members can ask people working in the digital storage industry what they always really wanted to know. After a week the questions are collected, send to the right person and the answers are posted here, at CD Freaks.com.
One can easily get the impression that that the DVD standard is dead. But in fact, the opposite is true!
The purpose of this article: To assist our members in contributing information, we would like to give them some guidance in the choice of drives for assessing the quality of their recordable DVD discs. Hence, in this article, we will attempt to compare the reading abilities of some of the most popular DVD drives which are used on our forums for Disc Quality Scanning.
Rockbox is an open source replacement firmware for MP3 players, giving additional functionality. It can run on a good variety of models, including Archos, iRiver and 4th generation iPods. In this article, we take a look at specifically what Rockbox can offer and were especially pleased for the opportunity to interview one of the project founders.
CDFreaks attended the 2006 International Consumer Electronics Show. We intend to provide you with a glimpse into the future with this comprehensive coverage of the optical storage technology products featured at the world's largest technology trade-show.
With this article, we at CDFreaks would like to give you some insight and a first look regarding the Labelflash™ technique. We are also going to take a look at the FujiFilm Labelflash™ media. In addition, we will be showing you some writing results done with this media by using a Labelflash™ capable DVD-Writer '“ the NEC ND-4551A.

CDFreaks at Ricoh Europe

In this article, we would like to give you an insight into a recent company visit we had with Ricoh Europe. Among other things, we would like to share with you some questions we asked the Sales and Marketing Manager Mr. Ké¼sters. But also, we are going to reveal some interesting developments that are coming from Ricoh in near future.
We at CDFreaks would like to present an exclusive 1st look at one of the latest DVD-Writers from HP '“ the dvd840e Super Multi DVD Writer. The HP dvd840e supports LightScribe, 16x DVD±R, 8x/6x DVD+RW/DVD-RW, 5x DVD-RAM and 8x/4x DVD+R DL/DVD-R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
Ricoh Europe B.V Germany was kind enough to send us some samples of their latest media '“ the Ricoh DVD+R DL 8x. In this article, we are going to test the performance of the media with various 8x DVD+R DL writers, test it's compatibility with DVD standalone devices and other PC DVD devices.
We at CDFreaks would like to present an exclusive 1st look at one of the latest DVD-Writer from Lite-On - the SHW-1635S. The Lite-On SHW-1635S supports 16x DVD±R, 8x/6x DVD+RW/DVD-RW and 8x/4x DVD+R DL/DVD-R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
A 1st look at the latest drive from NEC the ND-4550A. This is NEC's first SUPER MULTI DRIVE; implementing DVD-RAM read and write for the first time in a NEC PC drive. The NEC ND-4550A supports 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW, 8x DVD+R DL, and 6X DVD-R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written. DVD-RAM at present is supported at up to 5X.
Conrexx Technology B.V. / RITEK Europe (NL) were kind enough to send us some of their latest media '“ the Traxdata DVD-R DL 4x, before the official European release. And in this article we are going to take a look at this media and test its performance with various DVD-R DL writers and also test the media compatibility with DVD standalone devices and other PC DVD devices.
The LG GSA-4165B supports 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 4x DVD±R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written.
We at CDFreaks would like to present an exclusive 1st look at the latest drive from Pioneer - the DVR-110D. At the time this article was written, the Pioneer DVR-110D was available for sale in Germany '“ meaning we got hold of one before the official launch. The Pioneer DVR-110D supports 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 8x DVD±R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5Gb to be written. So far this is the worlds first DVD-burner to support the DVD-R9 DL format at 8x.
CDFreaks takes a First look at the new NEC ND-3540A DVD burner. Showcasing one of the most anticipated drives of 2005, this article takes a look at the NEC 3540's supported features as well as the reading and writing performance on various types of optical media.
The idea of this article is to compare disc quality scans obtained using professional tools (AudioDev's CATS) with the ones obtained from standard PC drives. We will also discuss about the correctness, accuracy and usefulness of these tools when it comes to disc quality measurement. Note that the comments and conclusions of this article reflect the views of CDFreaks and not the ones of AudioDev.

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