Well, actually I hate all the new knowledge that I’ve gained since joining and browsing the threads here. For a couple of years, I’ve been happily burning backups of my dvd collection. Aside from the occasional coaster (that I attributed to bad media or gremlins), I’ve been pretty happy with my results. My burners have all been Pioneer OEM’s with region free fw. Media has been Ritek - and memorex +. Software has been shrink, decrypter and nero.
Well anyways, I come across this website and start to investigate the finer aspects of dvd burning (quality). In the past, if my copy played then life was good. Anyhow I’ve started to analyze my burns with a Liteon 166s and Kprobe and/or cd-dvd speed. My scans come no where near what I see here. My PIE’ typically avg >280 (had a couple of sis-in-law’s Optorite burns scan at over a 1000). My PIF’s never look like the stuff you guys show here. I mean the peaks on your scans show a spike here, a blip here. My scans show solid 2-4 across the bottom with spikes of 15-20 or more. My quality scores have been 70 at best.
I have 2 Benq’s, an LG 4163 and an NEC 3520 waiting patiently on the sidelines. In addition, I’ve stockpiled Verbatim 8x +and -, Taiyo yuden 8x -, Maxell 8x + and Fuji 8x +.
Can I anticipate much improvement? I’ve shutdown all background apps like AV, firewall, etc.
Are my results typical of Pioneer drives with Ritek media? Is all this quality stuff just so much woo hoo that the average person and standalone player won’t even notice?