I just ordered a NEC-2500a. I was considering two options: The NEC 2500 or the Pioneer DVR 107.
I THOUGHT I did all my homework and determined that overall the NEC was a little better. However, after doing some more research and reading forums like this one and others, I feel like I may have made a mistake.
I have read numerous accounts of people complaing that even the slightest scratch on a DVD movie, etc will cause an error while ripping with the NEC. Is this true?
For the sake of this discussion, let's assume this is true. Can this be something that can be "adjusted" by a new version of firmware? Does the pioneer drive read scratched DVDs better? I just think that having a drive that can extract data reliably and perform quality writes is the most important aspect of a DVD drive. I dont care if the drive can write a whole DVD in 30 seconds. If the quality sucks, what's the point?
The other issue I'm concerned about is playability. I'd like to have a DVD writer that will play on other DVD readers besides my own. I couldnt care less about the CD aspect of the drive.
The review I saw on this site says the NEC is solid, but I dont know if they tested this on any but perfect condition DVDs. I also dont believe the 107 was reviewed either.
Seeing as you guys seem well informed, can this be clarified once and for all? I'm strongly considering just ordering the DVR-107 now and sending the NEC back as soon as it arrives. I dont want to have to deal with bad rips or data errors because of a hairline scratch on a DVD. That's completely ridiculous.