What & Who?
'BURN-proof' 10x HSRW [high-speed R/W] burners are the latest whizzo kit, &
represent - according to the salesmen - a generation-change in speed &
patented, & developed the
technology & supply other manufacturers with the LSI silicon which make
possible - Sanyo also make OEM 'generic' burners, which get
more-or-less branded by the usual suspects & packaged up for us to
At the time of
writing, Sanyo's top-of-the range SCSI-model on sale through OEM's is the BP4 - there's a
very similar BP1400
for those who use IDE/ATAPI devices: both are specified to write to
CDR's at 1 > 16-speed; RW's at 1 > 10-speed; & to read CD-media
at up to 40x.
Since Sanyo are where
it's at; burningissues decided to test the latest, best value, & least-branded
Sanyo-OEM model we could find: this turned out to be a BP4 package from a UK-based company called
Mirai have the refreshingly user-oriented policy of providing a proper
carriage-paid RTB service & of putting competent software in the box - rather than
the usual offering - whether from large manufacturers or rebadgers - which leaves you to somehow extract service through a
retailer & bundles a burner with pathetically useless Adaptec software.
Our BP4 came with the
above return-to-base warranty card, a thin but clear manual, an OEM
version of Nero v5.x & a bootable [Initio] Domex PCI ultra-SCSI-host
together with a 2-device 50-way cable.
This package is fine value [RRP
inc. VAT in
the UK] at £179 - around $280.
Attractive though this
all looks as a list of specifications & widgets, it's interesting to work out
the logical market for such a package: look at it this way . . .
. . . . If you already use
SCSI CD-devices, you're hardly likely to want or need another SCSI-card -
even a good
if you're making the upgrade from ATAPI devices to a stable burning-chain,
it's hardly rational to use your [presumably] existing ATAPI CD-reader to
trundle on-the-fly data over the PCI-bus to this very demanding [in data-stream
terms] burner - unless, that is, you urgently want to see whether burnproof'
works on a daily basis . . . . .
. . . so, as an upgrade package
for the user with an all-IDE system, Mirai's kit makes sense only if the BP4 is a
wholly competent standalone do-it-all reader/burner; if, in short, it
works to current standards as a data-reader/copier & audio-extractor - &
sufficiently well in both these capacities to balance its demands as a
top-of-the line burner.
If it can't do this;
you'll either have to tolerate some mongrel SCSI/ATAPI CD-chain, or be
effectively forced into buying a SCSI CD-reader both able & fast enough -
conventionally twice-as-fast for on-the-fly tasks - to balance & feed the BP4's prodigious appetite for
data at 16x.
only one true 40x SCSI-reader: the Plextor 40TSi, so we thought it
rational to compare the BP4's read-capabilities against this proven device.
That's not to say we'd expect the BP4,
despite its "40x CAV" read-speed
claim, to be
as good as Plextor's specialised reader - famously the out-'n-out dog's gonads
for DAE - but we
would expect it to have most of the capabilities & some of the speed.
"16/10/40" are big numbers; if they are, in fact:
"16/10/4" the read/write balance of the device is out of sync.