Maybe a liteon: there are some tools developed for this drive (eeprom utility and omnipatcher for example). Liteon drives are good also for scans. Also benq are good for scans. Liteon drives (I have two) are a little picky with media, but if you are able to use the tools available, you can modify writing strategy manually to optimize results.
I have NEC. Pioneer, LG, Liteon, and BenQ. If I were to choose one it would be the NEC 3520 with the second choice the Liteon 1693. The criteria for my choice is based on the quality of the burn with TY and MCC media.
Wow!! The NEC 3520 has come a long ways then - ie. compared to its early stages when everyone was disappointed how it compared to the 3500. Tell ya what, if it’s that good for chas0039 to endorse it, it’s $$ in the bank. Good luck with your choice.
If you ask nicely, I’m sure he may even put his quality scan analysis chart back into his sig. Hehe.
Review the different scans we have here in the DVD Media forum.
The best scans I have seen thus far, and I am being really picky here have been by the slightly older model of the NEC 3500. It is followed by the NEC 3540 and BenQ already mentioned.
The difference btw the NEC 3500 and the other two are almost trivial but to answer you in which the best is, I observed this drive cuts the cake best. I too was looking for BEST write quality, not price, not support, in my extensive research I settled on my NEC 3500 and I do not regret a day since having it.
Thanks for posting your updated chart. I like the added details.
Btw, what happened with the “NO” for TYG02 8x on the Benq 1620? I remember you mentioning something about questionable scanning on the Benq 1620 for your TYG02, but did this turn out to be bad burns for you? The TYG02’s are so highly regarded by a lot of Benq 1620 users and the scans look very impressive in the Benq 1620 media threads, but I wonder if something from your experience may show there may be some inaccuracies in the scanning of these particular TYG02 media on the Benq 1620? Hmm …
I’ve got a ton of them (well, relatively for me … probably piece-meal compared to the arsenal of media most people here stockpile) and hope I don’t regret having bought them.
Keep in mind the origin of this chart. I developed it for my own use so I could optimize my own burning with my media and my drives. Also, my standards are different from many other’s. I expect my scans to be not only level and smooth, with peaks no higher than the low 20s, but I also want my total PIF and PIE to be as low as possible. My assumption is that totals will increase over time and I want the best chance for long term readability.
I have had great scans from my BenQ with TYG02 and I have had scans with hills and plateaus and PIF totals above 1000. While these are in no way bad burns, they are not what I see with my other drives and so I choose not to burn these on this drive.
BenQ 1620s are notorious for being very different, one drive from another, so I am certain that there are a lots of BenQ users who get better burns than I do. Also, because I scan almost everything, I probably pick up these variations where others don’t. As well, I am certain my standards are higher than other’s and are way beyond what is reasonable for peace of mind with most burns.
So don’t worry. Burn away. Check your scans and see if they are OK for you.