after some rudimentary testing using cdspeed, I seem to get a
better "quality score" when I burn/scan using the 101e firmware.
I've tried 1.W7, W8 AND W9, and on 4x dvd rw (such as ricohjpn w11)
their scores are consistently 5 - 10 points less, when burning the same project to the disk, erase, and repeat.
The better score seems to be about 73 on this media at 5x.
Regardless of it's relationship the other firmwares, it seems low overall.
I'm not that interested in the obtaining the highest dvd +- r quality,
since I hardly use them. I record avi files onto rw watch them once
on the TV, and reuse them.