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Sony Optiarc BD-5300S Review

Whazzup Dawfreaks….

Do you like me feel its good to have a second backup incase something goes very wrong?
Or maybe you happen to be into Movie music or Sound FX creation?
well then having a way to read and write the latest addition to the media world is not a bad idea. It is time for a new hardware review, and today we are going to take a look at the Sony Optiarc BD-5300S Blu-ray writer.


System requirements

  • Read Speed (max.)BD: 8x, DVD: 16x, CD: 48x

  • Write SpeedBD-R: 12x, BD-R DL: 8x, BD-RE: 2x, DVD-R: 16x, DVD+R: 16x, DVD-R DL: 8x, DVD+R9: 8x, DVD-RW: 6x, DVD+RW: 8x, DVD-RAM: 12x, CD-R: 48x, CD-RW: 24x

  • Access timeBD: SL-250ms / DL-380ms, DVD: SL-150ms / DL-160ms / RAM-200ms
    CD: 150ms

  • MechanismTray load mechanism for horizontal and vertical use

  • InterfaceS-ATA

  • Burst transfer rate1.5 Gbits/sec

  • Cache8 MByte

  • Media supportedBD-R, BD-R DL, BD-RE, BD-RE DL, DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-R DL, DVD-RW, DVD-RAM, DVD+R, DVD+R9, DVD+RW, CD-R and CD-RW with 80mm and 120mm diameter

  • Modes supportedBD-ROM, BD-AV, DVD-ROM, DVD-Video, CD-DA, CD-ROM (XA), CD Extra, Video CD, Photo CD, CD Text

  • CompatibilityMultiRead, MS Windows® XP and Windows Vista®, Win 7 compatible

  • Weight0.64 kg

  • Dimensions146mm x 41.3mm x 170 mm

  • Accessories supplied—

  • Software supplied—

  • Colour variations—

System requirements
Pentium® D 3.4 GHz or faster (Recommend Core™ 2 Duo 2.4 GHz or higher), 512 MB RAM or more (Recommend 1GB or more), HDCP-supported display with HDMI or DVI video input (Recommend 1,920×1,080 resolution or higher), PCI Express compatible, HDCP-supported graphic card with HDMI or DVI video output with 256 MB video RAM, NVIDIA GeForce 7600 or ATI RADEON X1600 or higher (Highly recommend NVIDIA, GPU with PureVideo HD technology or ATI GPU with UVD technology e.g. GeForce 8600/8500/8400 or RADEON HD2600/2400), Internet connection (Recommend broadband), Windows Vista®/Windows 7 ® /Windows XP, Blu-ray playback software.

*Requires 3D capable software like PowerDVD 9 or PowerDVD 10…                             Source



The BD-5300S is a standard Form factor 5.25” that uses SATA data and power Connections and installing the BD-5300S is extremely simple and takes less then 5 minutes to do, and there is no drivers needed in windows 7.
There was a new Firmware out named 1.06 that I also installed, this process is also very simple and only takes a minute or two.
Since the review sample I got was an OEM Sony provided me with Cyberlink media suite 8 for Blu-Ray playback and the installation takes some time since there are a couple of updates to install as well.

Burning test
The first thing I did was to get an overview of what the disk can do, For this I used the tool Nero InfoTool.


The next thing I wanted to do was to test the BD-5300S to make backup with, I used the nice little software ImgBurn to test burn with the BD-5300S.
I did all tests on max speed for each separate media the BD-5300S support and it did not fail on any of the stated speeds for either CD, DVD or BD.

Playback test
Next it was time to test out the DVD and BD playback, I decided to connect the PC to my TV using my Radeon HD 7700 with HD cable to my Harman Kardon AVS 255.
I ran a couple of DVD tests with The Matrix and The fellowship of the ring, Then I loaded a couple of Harry Potter Blu-Ray discs. The playback was perfect, The Image and sound quality was impressive. Sadly I couldn’t fin a way to print screen this for you so you just have to believe me on this one.



The Sony Optiarc BD-5300S is a great Blu-ray writer that will allow you to both read and write to nearly all common used formats on the market. if you are planning to upgrade or building a new DAW PC, I recommend you to get the BD-5300S.
It is always nice to be able to backup to larger media and since it can playback blu-ray and 3D you will be able to take a moment aside from you music making and enjoy the latest in Movie quality.



  • Easy to install
  • Can both read and write nearly anything
  • Playback of HD and 3D (with supported software)


  • Non that I can think of

The Verdict

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