Memorex 16x DDL-IN DVD Burner Review



Review: Memorex 16X DDL-IN
Reviewed by: crossg
Provided by: Memorex
Firmware: 1.A4
Manufactured: December 2005

Memorex were kind enough to send us their latest DVD Burner, the Memorex 16X DDL-IN for review. In this review we will be testing how the Memorex 16X DDL-IN performs with different media types.


The Memorex 16X DDL-IN supports 16x DVD±R, 8x DVD+RW, 6x DVD-RW and 8x/6x DVD+R DL/DVD-R DL writing technology, allowing Double/Dual Layer discs of 8.5GB to be written. 

Company information: 

Let us take a look at some of the company information found at the Memorex website

Company History: Since Memorex burst onto the recording scene more than 30 years ago with “Is it live or is it Memorex?” a lot has changed. But with each generation, Memorex continues to remain one of the most widely recognized and respected names in the consumer electronics industry. By bringing to market the high performance products consumers demand, Memorex is a dominant brand in CD and DVD media, optical drives, flash drives and media accessories.

Today, Memorex brand products can be found in over 25 different countries across the globe. At home, in the United States, Memorex media products are carried in 21 of the nation’s top 25 retailers, which represent more than 25,000 retail locations. As the number one retail provider of digital media, Memorex ships nearly a billion CD and DVD discs each year- enough to carpet the entire state of New York!


 Not just a media company, Memorex markets a wide range of products that consumers use to capture, save and share all facets of life, from music to memories. Other storage products offered by Memorex include the award-winning line of CD and DVD recorders, a fast growing line of USB flash drives, and a wide assortment of media cleaning, labeling, and organization products.

The Memorex brand continues to thrive, serving as the benchmark for lifelike sound and image reproduction. Is it live or is it Memorex? You decide.

Recordable Media
Memorex is the number one provider of digital media, outperforming all other brands of CD and DVD media. 2004 marked the fifth consecutive year in the CD category and third consecutive year in DVDs that Memorex led its U.S. competitors in all blank digital media, in both volume and sales.

Memorex offers a complete line of media accessories, including CD and DVD labeling tools, storage cases, and cleaning products. With the widest assortment of media accessories, Memorex helps you protect and store your memories for years to come.

CD & DVD Drives
Memorex’s CD and DVD drives have been recognized as the industry’s best. Memorex drives have been named Editors Choice by PC Magazine, Editors Pick and Best Buy by PC World, and have consistently been included among the top brands of DVD burners by countless other consumer and technology publications.


Travel Drives
For consumers looking to keep important files, music, video or digital photos with them wherever they go, the Memorex family of TravelDrives offers sleek and stylish high performance storage in a flash drive small enough to fit on a keychain. Memorex TravelDrives are ideal for securely taking precious files between home, school, office, or anywhere in between.

If you are interested in reading more company information, please visit: Memorex

Drive specifications:

Technical Specifications







Yes, S/P DIF


148.2 x 42 x 190





Write Specifications





16x CAV

16x CAV



7x CAV



7x CAV



13x CAV



13x CAV


48x CAV

48x CAV


32x ZCLV

40x CAV


48x CAV


16x CAV


12x CAV

Double Layer (DL), Single Layer (SL)

System Requirements

  • CPU: Pentium 4 – 1.8 Ghz  or higher is recommended
  • RAM: 128 MB Minimum. 512 MB or higher is recommended
  • HDD: 10GB free space
  • OS: Windows 98SE/Me/2000/XP

What’s inside the box?

On this page we will take a look at what the retail drive came shipped with and take a look at the drive and its technology.

The drive supplied was the retail version, and as we can see, we were supplied with the following:

  • Memorex 16X DDL-IN drive
  • Black bezel with silver tray
  • 1 DVD+R 16x disc
  • Nero Memorex suite software disc
  • 40 wire IDE cable, analogue audio cable
  • Fixing screws
  • Instruction booklets for Hardware and Software


Box front

Box rear

Box left and right

Box top

Now it’s time to take a look at the drive itself:

Black bezel with silver tray

The bezel and tray of the Memorex 16X DDL-IN is uniquely styled with a silver tray and black bezel. On the tray we can see the ‘Memorex” logo, a emergency eject hole, a single green coloured LED for read and write (we prefer a different LED colour though for writing) and an eject button.



On the top of the drive we found one label, and we can see that the drive was made in Malaysia, dated December 2005.


RH side

LH Side


On the rear of the drive starting from the left, we can see a digital audio connector, analogue audio connector, jumpers for cable select, slave, and master; IDE connector, and finally the power connector.

Software Suite

Now it’s time to take a look at the bundled software suite.

The main support disc

Installation screen splash for support disc

Bitsetting Update

 Memorex Suite (Nero) screen splash

As we can see from the above screenshot, the Memorex main support disc contains:

  • Nero Express

  • Nero InCD

  • Nero BackITup

  • Nero Showtime

  • Nero Recode 2

  • Nero Cover-Designer

  • Nero Tool Kit

  •  Photoshow Elite

  • Nero Vision Express 3

But let us continue this review and see how the Memorex 16X DDL-IN really performs.

On the next page we will take a look at the test machine, the software, and the drive features…………