I am using Ricoh media rated at 4x that smartburn indicates will burn at 8x...with speed modded HSOP or non modded HSOP
I have used DVD decrypter since I can burn at 6x or 8x when doing and movie iso.
I have 2 dvd players:
Samsung P721 and phillips 793(5 dvd changer)
I noticed that the Ricoh media burnt at 4x on my older NEC 1100A there are no issues in either dvd player
Got the 811s recently and have noticed the 8x burned ricoh are skipping in almost all cases in the Phillips player...same exact disc played in the samsung..no problems
Turning over the 8x burnt disc there are burn zones like on the cd media as the speed increases....also in many cases the 8x burn has light burned area near the edge of the disc as if the laser was weaker here then..more normal look at the very end/edge
many of my 8x burns have a zone change when increasing from 6x to 8x and then this light area..very hard to see near the end
Now the 6x burns have a smooth burn pattern with no speed change noted..these play fine in both player..zero skips
It seems to me the burn quality is marginal on the ricoh at 8x..especially when comparing to 6x(NEC 2500A only will burn these discs at 6x from reports)
Is this an issue purely media or is the laser just not burning strong enough at 8x hindering the reading...would a fw update be expected to improve something like this???
Also is HSOK a better fw ....