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

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#1

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.


#2

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.


#3

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.


#4

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.


#5

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

Very good burn.


#6

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.


#7

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.


#8

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.


#9

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.


#10

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

Very good.


#11

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.


#12

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.


#13

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

Very good burn at 8x.


#14

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.


#15

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.


#16

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.


#17

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.


#18

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.


#19

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.


#20

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.