In the past I used to scan every dvd I burned, but, trying to burn faster than 4x, even if the scan was better, the dvd tended to skip in my picky standalone. I burned Riteks 4x +R, with PIF’s max 4, playing perfect, and Ricohs 6x and 8x +R, with PIF’s max 2, skipping . In a way my standalone currently functions as a quality tool, if a dvd plays in my eBench KH 6777, it plays in every standalone. I still scan my burns occasionally though, to see if there is no decline in quality and to compare mediatypes.
I never used DL, I don’t believe in burning them in a 1633. Maybe in my new burner I will try to do that. I’m more into blanking and menu shrinking to keep as much space for the “main course”. Also I booktype every +R burn to DVD-ROM. The best results I had with Verbatim MCC004 and RicohJPN02 and 03.
The scanning is obviously not the most important issue for me, but the noise/vibration is. But reading the threads members who own both models are complaining about noise. I guess one have to be lucky to get a silent drive. In burning I don’t mind, I never burn that fast, but in reading it can be quite annoying. My 1633 I even lowered the read speed in OmniPatcher to slow the drive down ripping a dvd or cd. Too bad OmniPatcher don’t supports these drives anymore…
Thank you both for your input. Next week I will make my decision and order the drive of my choise.
BTW, both drives come with two year warranty