Tuesday, June 15th 2010

Samsung Launches New Blu-ray Combo Drive with World’s Fastest 12X Read Performance

Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd., a worldwide leader in digital consumer electronics and information technology, announced today its new Blu-ray disc (BD) Combo, the SH-B123 optical disk drive (ODD), which reads BD-ROMs at the world’s fastest speed of up to 12X, CDs at up to 48X, and DVDs at a maximum speed of 16X. With Samsung’s new internal Blu-ray drive, users can watch HD movies on their PCs as well as record HD camcorder movies and HDTV broadcasting on DVDs with Samsung’s Cyberlink Powerproducer software provided in the BD combo package.

“As market demand and adoption of BDs, HDTVs and digital broadcasting accelerate, so has consumer interest in watching Blu-ray movies on personal computers,” said John Suh, Director of Samsung Semiconductor Inc. Optical Disc Drive Division Sales Team. “Samsung’s new BD combo drives can read BD discs, and read and write CD/DVD discs, providing consumers with a broad choice of HD movie sources on their computers.”

With Samsung’s Cyberlink Trutheater technology, consumers can upscale DVD resolution movies to full HD resolution. PCs can be verified if they are Blu-ray enabled by activating the Cyberlink BD advisor, also available in the package and via the Cyberlink homepage.

The new BD combo guarantees high reliability in BD play performance by utilizing two lenses and a two laser diode structure, which provide stable BD read, and DVD and CD read/ write performance. SACT (Spherical Abberation Compensation Technology) improves the quality of the read function on BD drives if the protective layer does not have a uniform thickness. In addition, PSCT (Precision Step Control Technology) optimizes position control for the optical pick-up feature that requires small track pitch of BD drives. Samsung’s Firmware Live Update ensures users that they always have the latest BD drive firmware version.

Samsung’s BD drive, designed with an edgier look that sets it apart from conventional ODDs, features a chic mirror front door, blue LED and high-tech front bezel of the internal BD. The light and tiny casing not only reduces internal heat, but also contributes to low CO2 emissions by improving loading efficiency.

Like all the other Samsung ODDs, the BD drive is eco-friendly. The new drive features Aerodynamic Frame Design for low acoustic noise and it operates at a low-power consumption level that averages 25 percent lower power compared to comparable drives in the market. Moreover, the lead time is greatly improved, reducing the overall timeline 17 percent to 37 percent over previous models. The SH-B123 BD Combo is manufactured with lead-free soldering technology. The drives are compliant to international environmental regulations that restrict the use of materials such as Pb, Cd, Cr+6, Hg, PBBs and PBDE.

The BD Combo provides a variety of speeds across different data media types including: 12X BD-ROM read, 8x BD R/RE/DL read, 48X CD-ROM, 40X CD-RW, 16X DVD±R recording, 12X DVD-RAM recording, 8X DVD±R Dual Layer recording, 8X DVD+RW recording and 6X DVD-RW recording.

Samsung’s new BD combo, the SH-B123, is available worldwide in July 2010.
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29 Comments on Samsung Launches New Blu-ray Combo Drive with World’s Fastest 12X Read Performance

#1
Mussels
Moderprator
right after i buy the 8x model, too....
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#2
WarEagleAU
Bird of Prey
Sounds good. Not so sure that 12x improves playback at all, but the Cyberlink software alone is a nice upgrade.
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#3
Mussels
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by: WarEagleAU
Sounds good. Not so sure that 12x improves playback at all, but the Cyberlink software alone is a nice upgrade.
it takes me an hour to copy a BR movie to my HDD, because 8x just aint fast enough.

12x would make it take a fair amount less (~45 min) thus speeding up the process.


remember that 1x is enough for playback, its how the speed system works. higher speeds just making copying/reading/seeking faster.
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#4
Grings
I wish they would just release one with a more conventional front panel, all these flash front panels would look out of place in all my current cases, as well as every htpc case i've looked at recently...

I remember a similar situation when DVD writers were relatively new tech.
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#5
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
@Mussels : The LG 10x have been out for awhile. Why didn't you get one of those?
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#6
Mussels
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by: Kreij
@Mussels : The LG 10x have been out for awhile. Why didn't you get one of those?
cause they cost more.
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#7
Fourstaff
by: Mussels
cause they cost more.
Indeed, what makes you think this 12x will be "affordable"?
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#8
Mussels
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by: Fourstaff
Indeed, what makes you think this 12x will be "affordable"?
i never claimed it would be.

i got the 8x model for $80Au, so its likely this one wont be ridiculously expensive either.
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#9
Fourstaff
by: Mussels
i never claimed it would be.

i got the 8x model for $80Au, so its likely this one wont be ridiculously expensive either.
So you are saying that the 12x drive made my Samsung is going to be cheaper than the 10x by LG?
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#10
Mussels
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by: Fourstaff
So you are saying that the 12x drive made my Samsung is going to be cheaper than the 10x by LG?
no.... i've never said ANYTHING about its price, or cost. i said the 8x was cheaper than the LG. dont read into things that i never said.
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#11
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Well if the 12x's come in around the same price point as the 10x LG's, the 10x's should drop in price. You can buy one, Mussels, and then sell me your 8x really cheap. :toast: :D
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#12
Mussels
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by: Kreij
Well if the 12x's come in around the same price point as the 10x LG's, the 10x's should drop in price. You can buy one, Mussels, and then sell me your 8x really cheap. :toast: :D
nah, no need. this shall meet my needs for a long time to come.
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#13
Fourstaff
I wonder how fast will Bluray drives go, CDs peaked at 48x and DVDs went to about 24x before being replaced.
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#14
Mussels
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by: Fourstaff
I wonder how fast will Bluray drives go, CDs peaked at 48x and DVDs went to about 24x before being replaced.
over 9000KB/s
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#15
Kreij
Senior Monkey Moderator
Actually, Kenwood came out with a 72x CD-ROM drive.
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#16
eidairaman1
by: Kreij
Actually, Kenwood came out with a 72x CD-ROM drive.
7 Laser Drive that didnt work well
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#17

I would certainly pick one up if Windows 7 fully supported Bluray playback, but then again i haven't used optical disc in years.
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#18
Mussels
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by: Taskforce
I would certainly pick one up if Windows 7 fully supported Bluray playback, but then again i haven't used optical disc in years.
what makes you think win 7 doesnt support BR? vista does, even XP does under very specific circumstances (involves dubiously legal act of removing encryption)
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#20
LAN_deRf_HA
Meh. Now that we have 445nm diodes running up to 1 watt these bluray advancements are pointless. The visibility is so low and it'll still cause eye damage, at least with 445 I can see what's frying my retinas. And let's not forget about the 6 watt green diodes coming from sony this year. As for actually burning media, everyone I know, both tech savvy and not, downloads hd content. Both legally and illegally, downloadable media is taking over.
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#21
Kreij
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by: Lan
downloadable media is taking over
Not for some of us with craptastic internet connections.
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#23
eidairaman1
I still prefer Disk Media, because most DLC for games require lame ass download manager/verifier like steam or EADM which just wastes system resources, checking every 15 minutes to make sure your software is legit (bastards)
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#24
inferKNOX
by: LAN_deRf_HA
downloadable media is taking over.
The question is, can encoders encode in 3D? Mustn't the video (file), gfx and monitor all support 3D to make it possible? (note, I'm asking not stating. I'm unsure myself)
If 3D can only be had on BD, then I don't see it being pointless just yet.
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#25
Divide Overflow
by: Mussels
you install a third party player and it works. thats like saying 7 cant run games just because they dont install off the windows DVD...
Any third party BRD movie players stand out above the rest? I'm about to pick up a drive and have been wondering since many of them don't come with software. If the bundled stuff works well enough I may wait a couple weeks for the release of this drive.
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