Hm, any review of it out there? Burns at 16x or 8x would be nice to see. I’ve been looking at the newest Lite-On reviews on the site. Never had a Lite-On before. They seem to burn T03 pretty well, I’ll look at it in more depth tomorrow.
Is there a “top model” at the moment that everyone is recommending or any that I should focus on?
skelton, how would that scan translate to a BenQ-scan? I’m not very used to Lite-On scans. I find the LH-20A1S looks interesting, I especially like the SATA interface because then I could just pop it in my machine without taking out my other writers. It’s pretty cheap too. Those LH-20A1P, H, S…are they one and the same drive? I don’t think I’ll be able to buy the Samsung over here.
I would suggest you check the reviews of recent drives at cdrinfo.com to see if the models you are interested in have a review there. Then you can make a comparison of the write quality of T03 media on those drives. As they use the same analyzer for the results, there is minimal variance issues with the scan results.
Some other users here may not agree, but it would be my first choice for selecting a new drive based on writing quality. The only small issue is that the scans are from discs written at the maximum supported speed in the drive which may not be the most optimal for writing quality (but this is true for most reviews published).
So judging from the scores, your burn seems only marginally better than mine. I think I remember something about multiplying Lite-On PIFs by 4 to compare them to BenQ PIFs? Not sure though. If I do that, only your PIE and jitter seems to be better. I know, I’m probably comparing apples to oranges as others would point out.
So far I’ve been looking at T03 scans in reviews by comparing them to scans of the popular MCC004 and T02 (not necessarily from the same review, but mostly so).
Thanks for the tip, I will definitely do that. I’ve just been assuming that reviewers use decent scanning drives to check the burns, but as you point out this may not be the best approach, especially when comparing drives.
You can still choose the writing speed with newer drives I hope?
geekrule, what firmware did you use to burn that disc? If my DW1620 gave such results, I wouldn’t bother with a new drive…looks excellent. Btw, you DID use a DW1620, not a 1640 or 1655 or something? (it’s not in your sig)
I have checked those reviews at cdrinfo.com, but I can honestly say I don’t quite understand those DaTARIUS scan results. Too technical. But if I interpret it correctly, the Lite-On LH-20A1P does not do well with T02s? (link) 3 POFs and a max of 72 PIFs??