[quote=“Tester_1, post:13, topic:398796, full:true”]There are only 3 manufacturers of BD-writer left. LG, Pioneer and Panasonic/Matshita. All other drives you can buy new are rebadges of these 3. Panasonic/Matshita only manufacture slimline-drives, so Pioneer and LG left. I have 3 LGs and 3 Pioneers and overall I would recommend Pioneer BDR-209D. It´s the best allrounder you can actually get. LG is not bad, but my BH16NS40 start to make some problems after 3 years (recognize sometimes no CD/DVD/BD) and my 16NS55 don´t like BD from MBI and MBI you get more and more under different brands in germany.
If you buy a new drive, get the Pioneer
I’m a bit conflicted. On the one hand, I only have experience with LG, and until recently my LG drive served me well. Also, I’m on a tight budget, so the LG’s much smaller price is a big plus for me. But on the other hand, someone on another forum told me that both the LG and the Pioneer have some serious problems (for instance, he says that the LG won’t write correctly to double-layer BD-Rs, and the Pioneer tends to break down a lot). I was wondering whether you can confirm whether the problems that he mentioned in the quotes below are indeed common?
[quote]The only reason I have an LG WH16NS40 is because the latest firmwares for Pioneer’s BDR-209M are borked for Ritek 8x DVD+RW’s. I would keep getting the Pioneers, but the last one of these I had was borked right out of the box. Failed to write to BD-R’s that my 2nd 209, which I still have, would. And the 3rd Pioneer I had, before that borked one, died on BD-R after 7 months. So, I have begun to question the quality of Pioneer drives over the last few years. Especially since I have my first 2 and they’re still working after 2 years except for a design flaw in the model. After a few months, the Eject button don’t work when first pressed. Pressing it a 2nd time works. A manual Eject command from ImgBurn does the same thing, but the forced Eject on Writes before Verifies always works.
The LG WH16NS40 has its own killers. It does not write to dual layer BD and BD-RE at ALL correctly. Verify will fail 9 times out of 10 at the layer change. Plus, when you format BD-RE SL as a giant floppy in Windows/File Explorer, it writes to these discs at half the rate of speed of the Pioneer.[/quote]
Also, do you know whether it would maybe better to just buy another WH14NS40 (the older model that I already have)? Is it more stable and reliable than the new WH16NS40? Does it write to double-layer BD-Rs correctly?