Turns out this drive is a terrible writer. If I had known this when I received it, I would have RMA’d it. I just want people out there who might be purchasing this or another NEC drive to know that scans SHOULD NOT LOOK LIKE THIS FOR ANY REASON!
I’ll post scans of quite a few media IDs for reference, starting with the scans that opened my eyes to the problem. All quality scans will be performed with the 3540a @5x because my other drive (LG-4166) does not report errors.
#1) My best ever TYT02 burn on my 3540a. Sony branded and burned at 8x. (Big pic)
#2) A piece of the same spindle of Sony media burned on an LG-4166B FW 1.01 @8x.