My English is so bad, so my excuses.
I already read this forum for some time and I decided to buy the NEC 3520A, but in that time the NEC 3540A and Benq 1640 appeared, so after some reading I decided that Benq would be a better choice, but as I don't find it in Portugal I bought the NEC 3540A.
I knew that NEC was a bad reader, but I never thought it was so bad, I tried several DVDs that my (very old)Toshiba SD-M1502 (J816) reads without problems and NEC canâ€™t do anything :Z
I recorded some DVDs and the drive not even read them :Z , I went to a store and bought several DVDs of different brands (some had good MIDs) and the result was the same, so the drive was defective :a
The stranger was that the drive record the DVD+RW(RICOHJPN W11) well!
I returned the drive and one week later had a new one, my current drive.
The strange is that the 1st NEC had a firmware of 23/05/2205 (DD/MM/YY) and the 2nd of 17/05/2005, so I flashed the new NEC with the most recent Firmware.
This new drive records much better than the first, but it is still far from recording with good quality
Analyzing the recorded DVDs, I also noted that in some DVDs, even in the Verbatim DVDs, they have some big spikes where NEC changes the recording speed, I think that this cannot be admitted :a
PI Errors â€“ Maximum: 3084
PI Failures â€“ Maximum: 94
I have been seeing very good results in this forum, for that I probably had bad luck with my NECs!
Thanks very much for all the people that make this excellent forum and that it continues like this in the future