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1. Introduction

  1. Product description. The PX-716SA DVD+-R/RW & CD-R/RW internal Serial ATA drive from Plextor offer all the advantages of CD-RW drives along with double layer and dual format capabilities. The PX-716SA is also supported by Intelligent Recording technology to enhance recording activities. The drive achives blazing fast 16X CAV performance on recommended 8X DVD+R media, and burns a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes.
  2. Product description. The PX-716SA DVD+-R/RW & CD-R/RW internal Serial ATA drive from Plextor offer all the advantages of CD-RW drives along with double layer and dual format capabilities. The PX-716SA is also supported by Intelligent Recording technology to enhance recording activities. The drive achives blazing fast 16X CAV performance on recommended 8X DVD+R media, and burns a 4.7GB DVD in less than six minutes.
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Review Pages

1. Introduction
2. DVD Recording Tests
3. Firmware Change Log
4. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1
5. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2
6. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3
7. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4
8. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5
9. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 6
10. Writing Quality - Almedio AEC-1000
11. DVD+R DL - Page 1
12. DVD+R DL - Page 2
13. Summary

Several months ago, Plextor released the PX-716A drive, an internal 16X DVD recorder with many features and capabilities. Today we will be reviewing its twin, the PX-716SA, same burner but with different connection interface, Serial ATA instead of IDE. The PX-716SA supports up to 16X burning speed with DVD±R media and 8X/6X with DVD±RW media. The PX-716SA also supports up to 6X burning speed with both DL formats (DVD±R DL media).

Note here that the drive will not be posted with the full CDRinfo test suite, since several tests reported same results as the 716A drive. We only present the writing quality for the PX-716SA with the most recent firmware revision, that of 1.08. For further investigation of the drives capabilities, you can take a look at the full review of the PX-716A which can be found here.

- Features

The Plextor 716SA supports the same set of features as the 716A IDE burner...

supported for recording at high-quality and optimum speed.

is a self-learning writing technology that determines the standard deviation of any blank disc and automatically optimizes the write strategy for unknown media, enabling high-quality disc recording. AUTOSTRATEGY technology is the culmination of five years of research and development by Taiyo Yuden, a leading Japanese supplier of quality CD and DVD recording media.

controls the laser in three dimensions, to ensure high quality writing and reading if the disc surface has imperfections. Below is a graph, which according to Plextor shows the Jitter improvement with the IntelligentTilt technology:

The VariRec feature can be applied not only to Audio CD-R discs but also DVD±RW media. The user can select some settings during recording preparation in order to obtain a more personalized sound tone. The feature is fully controlled from within the PlexTools software, available in the Plextor retail package, and works for CD at 4X and 8X and for DVD at 2X and 4X writing speeds. Nero and other programs support this feature as well.

The PoweRec technology ensures the quality of CD and DVD recordings. Low quality media is often the source of disc errors during high speed recording. PoweRec checks the quality of the inserted CD/DVD media and automatically selects the optimum (maximum) writing speed, giving the highest quality results.

- GigaREC allows high capacity storage of up to 900 MB on a 700 MB CD-R disc. With this advanced feature, you can increase the maximum writing capacity by up to 30%.

- SecureREC offers password protection for your disc and other valuable data

- Q-Check checks and reports written disc quality - C1/C2 for CD, PI/POF and TA for DVD (Time Analyzer checks T3-T11 and T14), track and focus errors, beta and jitter.

- Silent Mode which enables users to vary tray load/unload speed, spin up/down speed and write/read speeds

- Specifications

Data Transfer Rate
Burst 66MB/s
WriteDVD+RDVD-RCD-R
16x: 22.160KB/s (CAV) 12x: 16.620KB/s (PCAV) 6-8x: 8.310-11.080KB/s (PCAV) 6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2.4x: 3.324KB/s (CLV) DVD+R DL 6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2.4x: 3.324KB/s (CLV) 16x: 22.160KB/s (CAV) 12x: 16.620KB/s (PCAV) 6-8x: 8.310-11.080KB/s (PCAV) 6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2x: 2.770KB/s (CLV) DVD-R DL 6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2x: 2.770KB/s48x: 7.200KB/s (CAV) 32x: 4.800KB/s (PCAV) 16x: 2.400KB/s (CLV) 8x: 1.200KB/s (CLV) 4x: 600KB/s (CLV)
ReWriteDVD+RWDVD-RWCD-RW
6-8x: 8.310-11.080KB/s (PCAV) 6x: 8.310KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2.4x: 3.324KB/s (CLV) 4x: 5.540KB/s (CLV) 2x: 2.770KB/s (CLV) 1x: 1.385KB/s (CLV)24x: 3.600KB/s (PCAV) 10x: 1.500KB/s (CLV) 4x: 600KB/s (CLV)
ReadDVD-ROMCD-ROM
6-16x CAV 5-12x CAV 3-8x CAV 2-5x CAV 2x CLV20-48x CAV 17-40x CAV 14-32x CAV 10-24x CAV 8x CLV 4x CLV
Access Time<150ms (DVD) <100ms (CD)
Data Buffer8MB
Error RateMode1: less than 10-12bits Mode2: less than 10-9bits
EjectAuto Eject / Manual Emergency
Disc Loading Slot Loading mechanism (caddy)
Power SupplyDC +5V and DC +12V
Audio ConnectorRear: Analog output
Rear: Digital SPDIF output
Dimensions146 x 41,3 x 178,7 mm
Weight1 kg
MTBF60.000 POH
Disc Loading Eject 20.000 times
Warranty2 year Fast Warranty Service (in EU, Norway and Switzerland: Collect & Return); 1 year in other countries

Specifications as reported with the aid of various tools...

As we can see with Nero Info Tool and DVDInfo Pro, the drive uses the RPC II Region control which allows up to five region changes. We changed the region on our drive to 'Region 2' for the purposes of this review.

The drive uses the standard front loading tray mechanism. The sample we received from Plextor was black. The eject button is located on the left side while in the middle, there is an emergency eject hole A green led is also present and lights up depending on drive activity.

The only difference with the PX-716A is the rear panel, where the SATA interface and power connectors are located.

The drive is Sanyo based, using the following chipset.

- Installation

The drive was installed under WindowsXP and was recognized as 'PLEXTOR DVDR PX-716A'. It arrived with the most recent firmware revision, v1.08. Below is a screenshot from Nero Burning Rom's specs for the drive.

Review Pages

1. Introduction
2. DVD Recording Tests
3. Firmware Change Log
4. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1
5. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2
6. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3
7. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4
8. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5
9. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 6
10. Writing Quality - Almedio AEC-1000
11. DVD+R DL - Page 1
12. DVD+R DL - Page 2
13. Summary

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1. Installation - Retail Package

Review Pages

1. Installation - Retail Package
2. The Converter
3. Intervideo WinDVD Creator Software
4. Video/Audio files analysis
5. Video Quality Tests Page 1
6. Video Quality Tests Page 2
7. Video Quality Tests Page 3
8. Video Quality Tests Page 4
9. Video Quality Tests Page 5
10. Video Quality Tests Page 6
11. Video Quality Tests Page 7
12. Video Quality Tests Page 8
13. Video Quality Tests Page 9
14. Video Quality Tests Page 10
15. Video Quality Tests Page 11
16. Video Quality Tests Page 12
17. Audio Convertion
18. Conclusion

Plextor ConvertX PX-M402U - Page 1

Plextor is the leading manufacturer of DVD/CD Recorders. However, in an attempt to provide more complete solutions covering from DVD creation to DVD recording, Plextor has introduced the ConvertX series for real time video encoding. Their latest product in this series is the PX-M402U.

The PX-M402U follows on the footsteps of the M401U, but has real-time, hardware based MPEG-4 encoding, along with real-time Dolby Digital audio encoding. This external device is also suitable for laptop users, making encoding as easy as possible. It can capture DVD quality video from multiple sources, such as TVs, VCRs or camcorders.

- Features

The device uses the Hi-Speed USB2.0 interface, making it compatible with all computers running Microsoft Windows XP. Of course, it can be connected to a slower USB1.1 port, but this is not recommended, since the transfer rate on such ports will not allow for real time video encoding. On the other hand, USB2.0 connectivity allows high bitrate video capture using MPEG-2 compression, maximizing data throughput to the host computer.

Most available encoders will encode audio in normal stereo or wide stereo 2-channel format. Dolby Digital is a key feature of the M402U. It converts the audio input to Dobly Digital channels, muxing them with the produced video stream. However, this is not hardware based real time encoding, but instead, the software handles the audio signals in such a way that produces Dolby Digital audio.

The PX-M402U is the first capture device to be officially DivX certified. This is a very interesting feature, since users can benefit from this popular format for sharing videos easily over the internet.

- Specifications

The device is compatible with both PAL and NTSC transmission formats, ensuring compatibility for all users around the world. The following table shows the main specifications of the ConvertX.

Video StandardsPAL/SECAM (720 x 576, 352 x 576, 352 x 288)
NTSC (720 x 480, 352 x 480, 352 x 240)
Video InputS-Video or Composite (RCA connector)
Audio InputStereo audio (2 x RCA connectors)
PC InterfaceUSB 2.0
Power Supply100 - 240 V, 50/60 Hz
Dimensions (WxHxD)184 x 32,4 x155 mm
Weight0,5 kg

It should be noted that the video record time may vary based on the selected bitrate, frame size, disc capacity and video source.

Compression Bit RateVideo Record Times
Video Encoder/DecoderVideo (Kbps)Audio (Kbps)CD-R/RWDVD±R/RW
MPEG-1 (VCD)115022480-
MPEG-2 (DVD-Video)6000 - 200022412 - 2779 -169
MPEG-44000 - 700224 - 12822 - 115141-721
DivX®4000 - 768224 - 12822 - 107141 - 666

Unfortunately, the M402U will not work with operating systems prior to Microsoft Windows 2000, and it is not compatible with the Mac OS.

CPUPentium III 800 MHz or higher (minimum configuration)
Pentium IV 1.6 GHz or higher (recommended configuration)
Hard Disk Drive10 GB free disk space
RAM256 MB
Monitor Resolution1024 x 768,24-bit color
Graphics CardVideo card with 24-bit resolution capability and DirectX support
SoundWindows compatible sound card that supports 48 KHz playback (PCI recommended)
DirectXDirectX 9.0b (included in the WinDVD Creator application)
InterfaceUSB 2.0
CD-ROMA CD-ROM drive for installation (CD installation)
CD-RWTo burn CDs, Video CD or mini DVD (DVD format on CD)
DVD±RWTo burn DVDs
OS SupportWindows 2000/XP

Users can select from a wide range of available video formats that the device will use to convert video. MPEG stands for Moving Pictures Experts Group. MPEG-1 is used for VideoCD creation and was the first format introduced by the group. The MPEG-2 format is used for DVD creation and offers advanced video encoding producing better quality. MPEG-4 is the latest format created by the group, providing high compression levels, making video sharing popular. The DivX codec is the most popular MPEG-4 based codec, created by DivX Networks.

The DivX codec has several coding profiles to ensure compatibility with most stand-alone DivX players. For example, the 'DivX Home Theater' profile can be used to encode files that are meant to be played in stand-alone DivX players. On the other hand, the 'DivX Portable' profile is used for creating video streams compatible with all portable devices, like palmtops. The following table is provided by Plextor, showing different recording formats.

Mode(click to view sample video)

Video Size
Approx. File Size
Aspect Ratio
Average (Mbit/s)
MPEG-1
VCD
0.9157 NTSC 1.0950 PAL
1.15
MPEG-2
HQ (High Quality)
4:3
6.0
GQ (Good Quality)
F- D1
9.8
35.4
SP (Standard Play)
4:3
3.0
LP (Long Play)
1/2 D1
6
16.7
EP (Extend Play)
4:3
2.0
MPEG-4
HQ (High Quality)
4:3
4.0
GQ (Good Quality)
F-D1
6
24.2
SP (Standard Play)
4:3
2.0
LP (Long Play)
SIF
4
12.2
EP (Extend Play)
4:3
0.7
DivX®
Home Theater
4:3
4.0
Home Theater (Long Play)
F-D1
6
16.7
Portable
4:3
0.768

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The following table shows the audio specifications of the device. The following table is provided by Plextor. Althouth the converter can encode mp3 audio, Plextor's web site does not provide any information regarding this. You will see a more detailed table about audio conversion later on in this review.

Streaming
Bit rate
VCD
44.1KHz
MPEG-2
MP2
224
MP2
224
MP2
224
MP2
224
MP2
224
HQ (High Quality)
48KHz
GQ (Good Quality)
48KHz
SP (Standard Play)
48KHz
LP (Long Play)
48KHz
EP (Extend Play)
48KHz
DivX®
MP2
224
MP2
224
MP2
128

- Retail Package

The retail package includes the PX-M402U, audio and video cables, s-video cable, USB2.0 certified cable, power cable with AC adapter and scart adapter. The audio and video cables provided are not high quality cables, but standard low quality cables, 1 meter long. These cables may produce extra noise in the video files created by the device, but this is something that only advanced users should consider. Most end users will not have any problems with the provided cables.

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The device comes with 2 years On-Site Collect&Return Warranty for all EU countries, Norway and Switzerland. For the U.S.A., the device is covered by a 1 year warranty.

The User's Manual in 4 language and a quick installation guide in 16 languages are also included. An additional applications CD is provided by Plextor with Intervideo WinDVD creator 2.0 and WinDVD player 4.0, along with the device drivers. You can read comments on this software by Intervideo in the following pages.

Video and audio connections are located on the front panel of the converter. The above picture shows a simple description of every connector shown. The device has two operation leds. The power led lights blue when the device is connected to a computer and is powered on. The recording led lights red when the device is converting/recording video and audio from any external source.

On the rear panel, we can see the power connector and the USB connector. You might notice that there is no control panel available. The device's control is handled through the bundled software included in the package.

- Installation

Video converter installation was never as easy as it was with the PX-M402U. The only thing you have to do is insert the disc provided by Plextor containing the device drivers and you are ready to go.

The following screen was shown, which helped us install the device drivers without the need to use Window's device manager. The whole procedure was like installing any ordinary software package.

Remember not to connect the device before installing the device drivers. The software checks to see if the device is connected and it warns you of every error found.

When the installation is complete, you can connect the device and it will be recognized automatically by the operating system. All you have to do from this point on is connect the appropriate cables and you are ready to go.

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- Testing software/procedure

It should be noted that throughout this review, and especially on zoomed images, by clicking on images, a full sized high resolution picture will be shown for comparison reasons. In general, we were interested in capturing still images, moving pictures and test screens. These test screens are used mostly to investigate the clarity of the external converter. Of course, we used not only light images and scenes, but also darker ones. In any case, the created image files/snapshots are compared with the images included in the 'Plasma TV Demo DVD' provided by Pioneer, without any kind of conversion or compression.

We tested the device on several computers, to ensure that the minimum requirments are correct. The device produced audio/video synchronization problems with CPUs lower than 800MHz. We also tested the device with several Pentium IV systems, but the results were the same, regardless of CPU speed. We decided to use the recommended configuration that Plextor suggested, i.e a Pentium IV at 1.6GHz.

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In order to perform our tests we used:

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Review Pages

1. Installation - Retail Package
2. The Converter
3. Intervideo WinDVD Creator Software
4. Video/Audio files analysis
5. Video Quality Tests Page 1
6. Video Quality Tests Page 2
7. Video Quality Tests Page 3
8. Video Quality Tests Page 4
9. Video Quality Tests Page 5
10. Video Quality Tests Page 6
11. Video Quality Tests Page 7
12. Video Quality Tests Page 8
13. Video Quality Tests Page 9
14. Video Quality Tests Page 10
15. Video Quality Tests Page 11
16. Video Quality Tests Page 12
17. Audio Convertion
18. Conclusion
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