DVD Burner - NEC - ND-3540A firmware 1.W4

I received the drive when it was first out in the US market: Friday, June 10, 2005. The drive is Made in Malaysia, May 2005 and comes with stock fw 1.01. Flashed with Liggy & Dee firmware 1.W4.

It is my habit to test a drive with all my media before I conclude something. Tests include 11 DVD+Rs, 11 DVD-Rs, 1 DVD+R DL, 1 DVD+RW, 1 CD-R, pressed DVD DL read speed and overburn test.

Lets see how the NEC ND-3540A performs on 25 different media.

MCC004 16x DVD+R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Verbatim DVD+R 25pack (Made in Taiwan).

Very good quality, as good as LG 4163/BenQ 1620/Plextor 716A.

CMCMAG.M01 16x DVD+R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Memorex DVD+R 25pack.

Very good. Slightly better than LG 4163/BenQ 1620 --less PIF errors.

PHILIPSC16 16x DVD+R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Memorex DVD+R 50pack (Made in Taiwan).

AOPC kicks in at the end. Not so good although within limits. BenQ 1620/LG 4163/Plextor 716A produce similar quality.

RICOHJPNR03 16x DVD+R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Memorex DVD+R 25pack.

Very good burn.

Taiyo Yuden YUDEN000T02 8x DVD+R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Sony/Fuji/TDK/OEM DVD+R 50pack Made in Japan.

I did several burns on this media and this is the best I can get. Good quality but LG/BenQ/Plextor can do better.

Taiyo Yuden YUDEN000T02 8x DVD+R burned @12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Sony/Fuji/TDK/OEM DVD+R 50pack Made in Japan.

Very good, although I’m expecting a clean 20 or less PIEs all the way. The burn reached above 13x though.

RICOHJPN-R02 8x DVD+R burned at 16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as TDK 25 pack (Made in Taiwan).

Not good, although AOPC kicks in still high error rate especially at the end.

MCC003 8x DVD+R burned at 12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Verbatim 50 pack.

Excellent quality. AOPC kicks in although not needed. Written using Z-CLV.

MAXELL002 DVD+R 8x burned at 12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Maxell 15pack (Made in Japan).

Very good.

MBIPG101 R04 8x DVD+R burned at 12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Staples brand 25 pack (Made in India).

Excellent, as good as BenQ 1620 and Plextor 716A. LG 4163 has a problem with this media.

CMC MAG E01 8x DVD+R burned @12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Teon 20pack.

Good burn, it didn’t reach 12x though.

RITEK R03 8x DVD+R burned @8x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Dynex 25pack.

Very good burn at 8x.

MCC03RG20 16x DVD-R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Verbatim DVD-R 25pack (Made in Taiwan).

High error in the beginning and the end of the disk. Good burn though. As good as LG 4163 and Plextor 716A. Better than BenQ 1620A.

CMCMAG.AM3 16x DVD-R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Memorex DVD-R 25pack.

Good burn, as good as BenQ 1620. Can’t compare with LG 4163 fw 1.04 since the firmware does not support this media yet.

Taiyo Yuden TYG02 8x DVD-R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Fuji/TDK DVD-R 50pack Made in Japan.

OK. BenQ 1620 and Plextor 716A can do much better @16x. LG 4163 only supports @8x.

Taiyo Yuden TYG02 8x DVD-R burned @12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Fuji/TDK DVD-R 50pack (Made in Japan.)

Still lots of PIE errors. PIFs is nice. Good only in my book.

SONY08D1 8x DVD-R burned @16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Sony 50pack (Made in Japan.)

Not so good although within limits. Better than LG/BenQ.

MXL RG03 DVD-R 8x burned at 16x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Maxell DVD-R 15pack (Made in Japan.)

Not so good. BenQ 1620 did a better job on this media. Can’t compare with LG 4163 because it only supports @8x.

MCC02RG20 8x DVD-R burned @12x
NEC ND-3540A FW 1.W4. Media sold as Verbatim 50pack (Made in Taiwan).

Very high PIEs, low PIF. OK only.