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kimmer
post Sep 9 2017, 01:10 PM
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I need to purchase an external DVD player to use with both my iMac and my laptop (rMBPro). Both are running the latest OS, and I keep all main applications up to date. If the external can play both blu-ray and regular ol' DVD's, that would be great. I may never watch a movie with it, but I often need to load regular ol' DVD's and pull videos from them (it's all legal -- they are from missions boards and are designed for us to play in church).

I'm also looking to purchase an external player for music CD's. Right now my iMac handles those just fine, but my laptop doesn't have a CD port.

I'd appreciate recommendations on what to purchase, and even what to avoid.


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post Sep 9 2017, 03:23 PM
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Do I understand that you don't need a burner, just something to play/read all three formats?

Only thing that might trip you up is the USB connector(s). Many of the super cheap ones require two USB ports to get enough power to drive the electronics and the motor. Many laptops (especially Apple's wallbash.gif ) don't have any extra USB ports. A powered USB hub can work just as well and even provide some extra ports for other stuff.

I'm pretty sure you can get a combo DVD/CD player now, also. I haven't seen a CD or DVD disk in so long, I can't remember which side is supposed to be up! Even worse on this iMac, where the slot is vertical!! whoosh.gif

Your biggest problem will be sorting through the 14,963 choices. rolleyes.gif All I can say is read all the reviews, including those of purchasers.

This Pioneer BDR-XD05B model has some good reviews. Reads Blu-ray/DVD/CD and also burns them (you'll probably need software if you want to burn a BR... This link is form B&H Photo !but you can find it many other places, also. It does use 2 USB ports...

Here's another Pioneer model: BDR-XD05S faster, less expensive.


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post Sep 11 2017, 08:07 AM
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I was going to talk up the Sony External Drive I have had here in the shop (I liked it so much I bought the same one at home). The trouble is I don't see them for sale anywhere and someone made off with (borrowed) the
one I have here at work. I got this when I was tasked with making duplicates of some high school basketball game videos and I set it up on the Mac Pro and things went a lot easier. What I liked about it was it was fast (16x I think) and it had a power supply so it didn't leach off the computer power supply. I realize my parameters aren't what yours are but this is what I bought!

This is as close as I could see to what I bought:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-DRX-840U-Extern...r/dp/B000SKWE9W

It doesn't say MAC here but mine works fine on OS 10.10 and 10.11 using Toast and also a disk copier system. We've got dedicated disk copiers now that can zip through a stack of DVDs/CDs with very little
load on the computer or me!


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kimmer
post Sep 11 2017, 12:34 PM
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QUOTE(Xairbusdriver @ Sep 9 2017, 01:23 PM) *
Do I understand that you don't need a burner, just something to play/read all three formats?

Mainly I'm looking to play/read. I've burned one (yup, 1) CD in the past 4 years, so that's not a main priority. tongue.gif

QUOTE(gunug @ Sep 11 2017, 06:07 AM) *
This is as close as I could see to what I bought:

https://www.amazon.com/Sony-DRX-840U-Extern...r/dp/B000SKWE9W


Thank you both for the links. I'll look into those players. smile.gif


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post Sep 14 2017, 12:00 PM
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My husband bought a LaCie a good while ago.
It does everything you need.
He takes some classes on DVDs also, and it works perfectly. As well as music.
It burns too, but we dont do that much anymore at all.

It cost about $100.
Im not sure if that model is still available, but it sure is a good one.
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post Sep 14 2017, 06:33 PM
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https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827136283 looks good and is Mac compatible.

Nobody has yet addressed the blu ray issue - apparently on a Mac it's still not great. In fact, in this recent discussion, "Cynics" has little good to say about the experience, which is not available natively and requires software, which apparently often doesn't work well.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/a-blu-...mac-27.2060170/

If you really want to try a blu-ray capable player, then this one might be a good bet: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRSSBDL6X/



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kimmer
post Sep 15 2017, 01:11 PM
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Paddy, thank you!!!

QUOTE(Paddy @ Sep 14 2017, 04:33 PM) *
https://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx...N82E16827136283 looks good and is Mac compatible.

Nobody has yet addressed the blu ray issue - apparently on a Mac it's still not great. In fact, in this recent discussion, "Cynics" has little good to say about the experience, which is not available natively and requires software, which apparently often doesn't work well.

https://forums.macrumors.com/threads/a-blu-...mac-27.2060170/

If you really want to try a blu-ray capable player, then this one might be a good bet: https://eshop.macsales.com/item/OWC/MRSSBDL6X/



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