Thunderbolt Blu Ray Burner

Discussion in 'Mac Accessories' started by dtown218, Sep 14, 2013.

  1. dtown218 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I'm looking for an external blu ray burner with thunderbolt interface or even just an enclosure that supports thunderbolt. Been looking for awhile with no luck. Does anyone know of anything?
  2. mactumors macrumors 6502

    Aug 3, 2008
    I don't think you'll see any performance improvement over a USB drive, so why bother?
  3. FreakinEurekan macrumors 68040


    Sep 8, 2011
    Eureka Springs, Arkansas
    Just the Sonnet Echo 15, which is crazy expensive if that's the only feature you need. Optical drives just don't need the speed of Thunderbolt, so there's little need for an optical-only enclosure.
  4. John Kotches macrumors 6502

    Jan 19, 2010
    Troy, IL (STL Area)
    The previous responders are correct.

    A 6x Blu-ray drive maxes out around 320 Mbits/second of actual throughput. A 12x drive doubles that, which is still well within the limits of a USB 3.0 connection. Until you get into a 50x plus drive speed, you don't come close to needing a faster connection protocol than USB 3.0. That's being generous and only using 1/2 of the USB3.0 bus bandwidth.

    The Sonnet box also has a lot of other stuff potentially on that Thunderbolt connection, including a hard drive, the USB3.0 bus, Gigabit ethernet et al.

    Other than wanting to pay too much for the device, there's no value.

    The Sonnet box is interesting for the ability to aggregate a number of peripherals into a single location.
  5. g4cube, Sep 15, 2013
    Last edited: Sep 15, 2013

    g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    And the Sonnet docking station is interesting in that it is still not available to ship to anyone...

    Sonnet seems to have a reputation of announcing conceptual products that make a lot of sense to the marketplace, yet fails to deliver. The docking station with internal blu-ray drive was announced at NAB this past April, and only a photo was shown in their booth. No actual prototype. They repeated the HW vaporware again last week at the Intel Developers forum and this week at the International Broadcasting conference, but doing a little better showing a Thunderbolt 2 PCIe expansion chassis. Nice sign, but no actual working prototype being shown. Need to get their PR and marketing people aligned with their development engineers.

    Not sure what benefit they get other than headlines.

    There is no need to get a Blu-ray drive with a Thunderbolt interface. The bandwidth offers no benefit.

    Also, the 6x and 12x drives performance is not over the entire disc surface. Really only benefits the outer tracks. ave your money for a Thunderbolt equipped SSD or a better computer.

    Added: I'm getting great burning with my LG BP40NS20. Simple, single USB 2.0 connection. No external AC power adater required; no dual USB connector required for connection. Handles CD, DVD, and Blu-ray burning; even those very rare 100GB BDXL discs. This is a 6x blu-ray burner.
  6. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    Sonnet is taking pre-orders on their website:

    It's (un)available without blu-ray too.
  7. g4cube macrumors 6502a

    Apr 22, 2003
    Pre-orders are not the same as getting approved devices into the hand of reviewers and end-users.

    My pre-order has not been delivered. Thankfully, haven't charged my credit card yet.
  8. DisMyMac macrumors 65816


    Sep 30, 2009
    It still says "shipping Summer 2013". Maybe they are waiting for Thunderbolt 2?
  9. Giuly macrumors 68040


    Maybe they mean summer in Australia?
  10. Tanax macrumors 6502a

    Jun 15, 2011
    Stockholm, Sweden
    This is a great example of amazing Apple advertising, making people think they need Thunderbolt for *everything* :rolleyes:

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