Yesterday I was checking 2.5 year old Arita CDR’s to see if they were still OK. The Plextor Premium gave a lot of C1 errors + a bit of C2’s. Then I did a ‘read speed test’. In the beginning of the CD speed was less than 4X and very irregular, after a few minutes speed was OK and followed a perfect increasing speed line, and then the 5 last minutes of the CD dipped to an irregular 7X again.
So I was thinking: hmmm, this media is not so good. I also put it in my Toshiba DVD 1602 and did a read speed --> perfect read speed.
Now I compared this with a Plextor 48X media written at 32X with the Plextor media --> just a little C1’s and no C2’s. Speed read was perfect on the Plextor, however on the Toshiba it was ‘almost perfect’ (so the Toshiba could read the old Arita CDR’s better then the new Plextor ones).
Now my question is: Are the old Arita CDR’s really bad? Better/worse then the new Plextors? Or is it all because the old Arita’s where written with a Lite On, and nothing is wrong with them? Plextor maybe just writes the CD’s just a bit different in the beginning and at the end of a CDR?