Having just gotten my first DVD Burner, an NEC 3550 and started reading the fine info available here and beginning to inform myself about this while topic, I find that the general consensus is that the drive I purchased is NOT a good drive for performing scans. By this, I mean that (using CdDvdSpeed):
(a) It does not produce repeatable scans even on the same disk. Sometimes the reports are not even close.
(b) The scan reports from the 3550 ALWAYS appear worse than scans performed on the same disk but in different drives, some of which (Plextor, BenQ) are supposed to be very good scanning drives.
© By default, the drive performs PIF scans using an “interval” (8) that is not in common with other drives or the specs. I have discovered how to change this for use with Nero Quality Scans.
(d) It does not report “jitter”.
From other perspectives, this drive may be a great drive. I really have no complaints. However, I am using this drive for backup of important data and I want to KNOW (as much as is possible) that I am getting accurate burns and quality that will last (for as long as is possible) and will be compatible with other drives.
So what are the currently available drives that are particularly good for scanning as well as burning?