I'm a relative newbie to the world of DVD burning. I got the NEC 3500 burner for Christmas and have to say that I'm very happy with its performance. It came with firmware 2.16, which I have since upgraded to NEC's official 2.18. Even though everything is working tickety-boo, I am intrigued by the huge amount of firmware available for the 3500. I'm a bit boggle-eyed after browsing a few of the statistical tables featured on the forum, as well as perusing some of the numerous posts discussing the merits and drawbacks of each firmware version.
I want to know what the best OVERALL firmware is for the 3500. I mean one that is stable, gives fast and enhanced burning speeds, offers good media compatability, makes the drive region free, removes the riplock, allows bitsetting and any other valuable features.
There is just sooooo much info in this forum that I would be very grateful if someone could just cut through it all with a straightforward answer. Thanks!