Since there doesn't seem to be a whole crowd of people flooding this thread with scans from superior CD-RW burners, I thought I'd just add my own perspective and scans.
If the purpose of buying a drive is to get superior burning quality on CD-R media, mainly for CD-DA (Compact Disc Digital Audio), then an obvious answer would be to use a dedicated CD-RW burner.
But what if a DVD burner manages to burn CD-R media with superior quality?
Would you consider that, or is it plain heresy to even suggest such a thing?
I'm going to show you baseline scans of two (older) reference CDs, so that you can see the best jitter scans that my BenQ 1655 drive can produce. From these scans it would appear that either the drive or the drive in conjunction with CDSpeed reports a minimum of 7% jitter.
Then I'm going to show you scans in the same drive of three different CD-R media burned at 16x (CLV) in my NEC ND-4551A drive. These scans have excellent C1 averages and no C2 errors, and two of the three have jitter averages extremely close to 7%. The "worst" jitter of the three is with the well respected Taiyo Yuden CD-R media, but in this case it's soundly beaten by the Verbatim Super AZO CD-R, and beaten on jitter by the Verbatim Extra Protection CD-R manufactured by Moser Baer.
If you're interested in more scans of these three discs, I have scans performed on my Plextor and NEC 4551 drives as well. I also have a few scans of burns at higher speeds, but personally I wouldn't burn faster than 16x CLV when burning Audio, so I don't think jitter is that important for the faster burns.
So here come the scans:
- STAKKATO Die HÃ¶rtest-CD von Audio (1984)
- Mobile Fidelity Sound Labs UltraDisc II: Pink Floyd - Dark Side of the Moon
- Verbatim DataLifePlus Crystal Super AZO CD-R 52x (MCC type 3)Burned at 16x in NEC ND-4551A 1-X3, scanned at 24x in BenQ DW1655
- Verbatim Extra Protection CD-R 52x 700MB (Moser Baer type 6)Burned at 16x in NEC ND-4551A 1-X3, scanned at 24x in BenQ DW1655
- Plextor CD-R 48x 700MB (Taiyo Yuden type 1)Burned at 16x in NEC ND-4551A 1-X3, scanned at 24x in BenQ DW1655