I do DVD Production for a hobby. A project I have spent the last several months working on is nearing completion and I may have to burn off a couple thousand DVD’s rather than have them mastered to DVD-ROM. There are multiple DVD’s in this project, so having the discs manufactured is not cost effective. I needed to find a drive that has very good writing ability…which led me on a couple week search for a drive to burn off all of these DVD’s. I narrowed the choices down to the NEC 3500, Pioneer 108, and BenQ DW 1620. Writing quality was my only need ( but the auto bitsetting is nice ;-). This drive will only be used for writing. After reading CD Freaks review of the 1620 and the write quality to Prodisc DVD+R’ R03’s @12X, I decided to order the BenQ and a couple hundred Prodisc R03 DVD’s. I should mention I am a long time Toshiba drive lover and have owned a 5002 and 5112 drive, and currently own a SD-R 5272. However, the 5272 is 8X, so I was looking for a faster drive to use on this project. If the BenQ ends up working out, I plan on ordering several of them to farm out the burning to.
Now my problem:
The burn quality results from the 1620 are not what I was expecting. I know I am not using the best media, but from what I’ve read, the Prodisc R03 discs were supposed to yield great results. So is there a problem with the drive, or was I expecting to much from the drive?
XP Pro SP2
KT266A mobo w/Highpoint RAID 2 WD JB’s on RAID 0 (for Video Capture output)
WD 40BB on IDE as Master (OS drive only)
WD 250JB on IDE1 as Slave (Data drive only)
BenQ DW1620 on IDE2 as Master (only drive on channel)
512 MB DDR
All DVD’s burned with latest DVD Decrypter
The drive arrived with G7H9 FW. I burned a Ritek R03 8x DVD+R @12X
So I followed the method to flash to B7M9 and tried the same image file on a Prodisc R03 @12X (ordered from RIMA). I watched this DVD on my Mintek 1600 and had no playback issues, but the Mintek is like a Toshiba drive… it will read ANYTHING…
So I figure I’ll try some Prodisc DVD-r 4X (actually MCC01RG20) that my Toshiba drive loves and writes flawless to. Here are the BenQ results:
So I tried a Prodisc R03 @8X:
Here is the same disc read with the Toshiba:
So now I figure I’ll try some Ritek R03’s @8x:
and lastly, a Ritek R03 burned by the Toshiba SD-R5272 @8X scanned by the BenQ:
got to love that hump where the Toshiba changes speed
And couriously, the BenQ will only support 4x writing on a TY01 disc where the Toshiba will write @ 8X… go figure. The fact that the BenQ could not finish the transfer tests on several of the DVD’s concerns me. I’m unsure if the drive I received is just a bad reader or perhaps both bad at reading and writing. I don’t have access to a LiteON burner for KProbe scans, but I do have a LiteON 163D DVD-ROM drive that can be locked to 4x read speed if KProbe scans are needed. Any feedback on the scans and what the problem might be would be appreciated. It looks like as long as I stay at 8X with the Prodisc DVD+R media I should be within the limits of a readable DVD, but like I said the read errors concern me.