Sorry for the cryptic title, but I couldn’t think of a concise way to ask this.
I have two burners: NEC 3520AW, and LG GSA 4163B. I’ve had the NEC for awhile, and it is a sturdy little workhorse–actually probably the most reliable burner I’ve ever owned. The LG is new. When I back up a DVD movie, and then scan it using CDSpeed (Disk Quality Test), I get slightly better scan results on discs burned w/the NEC, than w/the LG.
However, the LG allows bitsetting +R’s to DVD-ROM. If my primary purpose for these disks is to make them the most playable that I can, in set-top players, which would you go for: the NEC, which produces slightly better scans but cannot bitset +R to ROM, or the LG, which can bitset +R to ROM, but which produces slightly less better scans?
You can see an example of what I’m talking about here: Same movie, burned w/LG, and again on the NEC. NEC produced slightly better results, but of course the disk is still a +R, as far as a set-top player is concerned.
Since the LG won’t work w/CDSpeed, both disks were scanned on the NEC. Which begs another question: could scanning an LG-burned disk on the NEC actually make the PIFs and PIEs seem higher, when in fact they are not?
So anyway, if you folks were presented w/this Hobson’s choice for your movies, which would you take: slightly higher PIFs and PIEs but ROM compatibility, or lower errors but a +R disk?
P.S. I know some of you are thinking, “Mencken, dude, just use Liggy and Dee’s hacked firmware and you can do bitsetting on the NEC.” Not ready to go there yet, hence my quandary.