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Registered: Sep 2002
Location: Queens, New York
Originally posted by zaknafein
Both formats are about equally compatible. I've actually found +R/W discs to be a bit more compatible with standalone DVD players.
I've actually found the opposite to be true. DVD-R, in my experience, is more compatible than +R or +RW. The folks over at dvdrhelp.com tend to agree with me too.
+RW has some nice features on paper, but alot of it hasn't even been implemented yet, and by the time they do, I'm pretty sure DVD-RW will have it implemented too.
One thing that I find so ironic about the format wars is which manufacturers are using which drives in their systems. HP, Sony, Philips, Pioneer are the major hardware vendors in the recordable DVD-like disc arena.
HP uses the +RW drives in its (low end) home PC's. They use the DVD-RW drives in their (higher end, formerly compaq) business PC's.
Sony uses DVD-RW drives in their PC's, and combo (DVD-R and +RW) drives in their PC's.
Philips doesn't make PC's, but they are pushing +RW really hard, and have them in their home +RW recorders. This is one of the reasons that makes me believe that the development of +RW was more of a political issue than anything.
Oh, and by the way, here are what some other vendors use:
Apple: DVD-R/RW (soon to switch to combo drives last I heard)
Gateway: DVD-R/RW or combo drives
At any rate, I'm never getting another +RW drive. As an early adopter, I was burned badly by false promises. My motto is if they can do it once, they can do it again. I'm really happy with my Pioneer DVD-RW drive, and my discs play on every single player I have ever tried (including my Panasonic, which does NOT play +R or +RW discs).
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