With due apologies if this should be tacked to the end of another thread…
I nearly suffocated Svensen & Socrates007 when I, a newbie to DVD burning (but not computers), admitted that I thought 50 blanks would last me a few months…man was I off by a few hundred!
So I’m searching for media (like many here), and we all know Taiyo Yuden is among the most desired, but at a premium over others. I searched in the media forum and noticed scans of ProDisc and OptoDisc, and on the huge (and growing) “Post your media here” thread. Now I’d like to confirm my conclusions with your experience.
First, my own stack of 50 was OptoDisc 4x - it was cheap (about $0.28 per disk for 50), but I’ve had consistently decent scans (97 quality from Nero), with good playback even with picky players.
In this forum, the BenQ scans of ProDisc 8x look remarkable. Total PIE under 80,000, max under 90, sometimes PIF no more than 1800 total. In the media forum, though, other drives seem to create chaos with ProDisc - much worse than I’d expect would work (though I understand comparison of scans from different readers will vary widely - but wildly?)
In cakes of 100, with OptoDisc 4x at about $0.27 each, and ProDisc 8x at about $0.35 cents, or OptoDisc 8x at around $0.32 each, I pause at a conclusion without having tried a ProDisc in my 1620. If I were buying small quantities I could take a risk for the sake of experiment, but then everyone here has already done that.
For me, price wins over speed, so $0.27 is a strong attraction. However, on OptoDisc, “jitter” does hover around 10%, and on occasions spikes to 13%. The ProDisc 8x scans in BenQ look much better (around 8.5% or so), with lower PIF and much lower PIE than my 4x OptoDiscs have given. When quality is judged against price, I’m leaning toward improvement, even though I’ve not had one coaster from this 50 of OptoDisc 4x, which I must owe to the BenQ.
So, if you were dropping a hard won $120 on media for the BenQ (if you’re single, you might not understand what I mean), would you purchase ProDisc 8x?