I know this has been done several times before, I know you can find all the info somewhere in this forum (and somewhere else), but I’m running out of time and after 6+ hours yesterday and another 2+ today, I decided to make open a new thread to
- Ask some questions about the NEC 3500A compared to the Pioneer 108
- Try to collect the answers in this post to make it easier for people like me who are overwhelmed by all the information.
K, things I’d like to know or have some clearification on:
- Does the NEC 3500A have true 4x or is it just overclocked (most stores report it as 2.4 DL, some as 4x, reviews differ as well)?
- Which one has the better writing qualities for DVD+R/-R (from what I read that would be the NEC)?!?
- Which one has better support/official firmwares (eg RPC-1, Bitsetting, no rip-lock) (I get the impression this might be the 108?)?
- Which ‘hacked’ firmware is the best if you’re looking for an all-inclusive (very good writing strategies, RPC-1/region free, Bitsetting for SL/DL, rip-lock) (2c8se (TDK?) for the 3500A (why is 2C8 better than 2F8?)? Where can I find it (if it’s not one the list already)???
- Which one is most likely to support 8x DL when it comes out Q1/2005?
ND-3500A: The Firmware Page (official FW only, 2.17 (DL bitsetting?), TDB (RPC-1, rip lock disabled, 4x DL, based on TDK1616N), Herrie’s firmware page is offline, but it’s supposed to do it all (PRC-1, no rip lock, SL/DL bitsetting)?
DVR-108: The Firmware Page (official FW only, 1.14 (features?)), Gradius’ FW (RPC-1, no rip lock), >nil:'s FW (beta 4) (RPC-1, no rip lock, -R bitsetting (not +R), speed overburning)
Please help me update this and tell me where one drive has the edge over the other (personally, I don’t care that much for speed, but it is also considered an important factor). I will edit this post when I get additional info or find out that I was wrong. I especially appreciate any links where this has already been discussed and didn’t take 10+ pages as I tend to forget what I read first when I approach the end. :o
Thanks in advance!