I’m about to start a project that’s important to me. The disks will be read on many different machines. My burner is a few years old and I’m trying to decide whether to replace it with a Pioneer 115 or 116D. Cost is not a consideration, but opening up my system is a minor one.
I’ve burned two disks and run the following tests with my current drive. But I don’t know how to interpret the results. The first test was burned at 8X, which is the rating of the media/disks, and tested at 8X. The second was burned at 16X (twice the disk rating), and tested at 8X. People make much of the PIE and PIF numbers. The numbers on both these tests are higher than the tests on the Pioneer drives in local threads. However the “Quality scores” on my tests are better than the Pioneer drives. And, the quality score on the one burned a 16X is better than the one burned at 8X
If I have a slight grasp of what the plots mean (which is doubtful), they seem to say I should burn at 6X for the best results. But, maybe not, because though the PIEs are better at 6X, the PIFs appear to be better at 8X.
The question is whether it’s worth my while to install one of the Pioneer drives for this project. If not, should I burn at 6X or 8X?
The media is Fuji 8X