fair enough Capitaine,
you want facts and facts you should get.
I have also used to own not one but two yamaha units CRW 4420 and CRW 4416 which I am hoping that you are familiar with. Correct me if I am wrong when flashing the YAMAHA unit don’t you have to make a DOS boot disk with The SCSI card utilities manager parameter, don’t you have to specify the SCSI address and number of devices, make sure them SCSI utility dives are handy or else! don’t YAMAHA specifically forbids flashing under Windows? how many times have you got their windows flasing utility working if at all? I don’t know about any body else but I much prefer to flash the FW in less than 20 seconds while I am in windows than to piss around with DOS commands.
You talk about reliability, how about the burner disappearing erratically when ever it feels like it in the device manager with no apparent reason even with the SCSI card in place and other SCSI devices working and I suppose when it happens in three completely different units with different main boards and with both CRW 4420 and CRW 4416 its all pure coincidence! They are reliable alright! while recording even with everything end-tasked in the background all sorts of SCSI errors pops out I wish I had a printed log of all the crazy errors it come up with. I have a coaster collection a mile high courtesy of YAMAHA, amazing buffer capacity? That is with systems with PII 400 processor and in excess of 500MB RAM with the HDD of 7200RPM
How about initialization time for yamaha drives, lightining fast isn’t it? I almost forgot the YAMAHA support is quite exceptional in its own way too !!! jerking me around for six and half months back and forth and their refusal to replace the faulty unit, was quite admirable! not until the Yamaha R&D team confirm the unit is irrepairable I was told. I am sorry if this is not what you want to hear but let me assure you friend that I have much better use for my time than sit here and as you very eloquently put it SPREAD RUMORS!!!