I have purchased an NEC 3500 very recently. I immediately switched to LD firmwares and was quite happy with RICOHJPNR01 results. They have been more than perfect. Now… I got a spindle of TDK 8x RICOHJPNR02 discs from a friend in NY and the burns disappointed me no matter what firmware I used. The worst of all was the stock 2.18 (RICOHJPNR02 strat) and the “best” being LD v1.3 (YUDEN000T02 strat)
I checked the media test forum and found a very nice graph burnt with 2.C8 f/w. Tried that but again disappointment. Do I have a worse quality batch?
Another thing: I use a LiteOn 401s@411s FS0K to check the discs but found that FS07 gives much better graphs whereas using dvdinfopro the difference is not that significant between different firmwares. Any ideas? Thanks, Markus from Hungary.