I have a LITEON 20A1P and Taiyo Yuden 16x media that I am burning at both 16x and 20x and getting excellent results - Now a lot of people around me are telling me that burning at 16x and 20x cuts longevity of media, and that in 1 month to a year the media will NOT be redable because the pits burnt at 20x will "FADE OUT"....
Now I am an experienced user and have been dealing with hardware testing and burning for years and so far nobody has shown me FACTS. The people around me INSIST that it is true and a lot of those people who tell me this are claimed EXPERTS.
SO I want to solve this once and for all. I would like as many opinions (preferably experienced opinions please).
Now I know for a fact that 16x media uses a special dye that is more sensitive to light and therefore requires less laser exposure, and that QUALITY media should be burnt at their rated speeds and that burning at too low speeds may cause higher errors.
Now I noticed that the 20A1P has 20x support for YUDEN000T03 natively, so you don't need overburn activated. I posted a 20x burnt TY 16x and the result was EXCELLENT - is it safe to burn a taiyo yuden 16x +R @ 20x in terms of longevity, personally I see no problem - Longevity depends on storage conditions and how the disc is manufactured - So in my opinion and experience an 8x or 12x burnt YUDENT03 will last just as long as a 16x/20x burnt YUDENT03 media......The pits burnt do NOT fade out or degrade because of the 20x burn, that is bloody rubbish IMO, am I right, or will someone convinced me once and for all that I should throw my bloody 20A1P out the window and stick to 4x/8x burning.