[QUOTE=WiltonParmenter;2137934]4) I don’t know why anyone purchases Sony media since they stopped having TY manufacture their discs.
You rarely see an excellent scan, especially with the -R’s (which Lite-On drives have a tendency to dislike).[/QUOTE]Because I’ve gotten gorgeous scans with Sony media, and it’s still a pretty good disc to use when you don’t want to use Taiyo Yuden or Verbatims…plus, I just generally like its performance with playback in my devices.
- (This is more a question than a comment). How many of you have tried all the variations of the firmware. I’ve flashed several now, and I can’t seem to recall exactly which one I’m currently using! I think it’s the patched-fbl-eoht.
Has there been any consensus as to which one is the best to use?
There’s eight variations of the firmware.
Well, unless you plan on doing 2x, 4x, 8x media at 16x [like I occasionally try to do], or 16x media at 20x when only officially supported at 16x [like I do], then EOS is pointless.
Taking that out of the equation, you have EOHT, and normal/FB/FBL RPM’d firmware…which is probably all you are concerned about.
EOHT can really help with cruddy discs, or burns where the drive normally messed up the end of the burn because it didn’t check the quality often enough with normal OHT. On top of that, when used at reasonable speeds, it results in burns where many of the disc’s attributes are better kept in check [slightly lower PIE, a few fewer PIF, a bit lower jitter].
Now for FB/FBL/normal RPM: this is probably more of a drive-by-drive thing…I tried them all, and I had great results with FBL at times, then other times with FB, and still other times with the normal RPM. It depended a lot on the batch of discs I was using; some of my Verbatim discs liked FBL, some liked the normal RPM, and the best batch of 16x worked best with FB [somehow]. I just use the normal RPM now, though, because my drive couldn’t always make a smooth switch from the CAV portion to the CLV portion with FB or FBL RPMs.
My current choice is EOS + EOHT, with OHT enabled, SB as default, and the others disabled. It works for me.