[QUOTE=mumdigau;2719166]Does your answer imply that there are -29 2nd gen on the market? That’s the question I’d like to get answered: Does -29 imply 1st gen, or can -29 be 1st or 2nd gen? If -29 can be both, then most probably it will be 2nd gen which started July 2011.
[/quote]Hmm, I might be a bit misguided. Since this post: http://club.myce.com/f61/best-drive-do-blu-ray-quality-scans-319969/index7.html#post2656962
…I don’t think anyone has ever reported getting a -29 package shipped with a 2nd-gen drive, so that should very well be a safe method for getting only a 1st-gen.
Even then, getting the 2nd gen isn’t supposed to be much different.
And here are some answers to other questions I answered poorly/not at all: http://club.myce.com/f44/lite-ihbs112-29-firmware-333099/#post2701979
BTW, iHES112 does exist as well. It’s a combo drive (CD/DVD writer, Blu-ray reader), and a bit cheaper than iHBS112. Would be sufficient in my case, as I will use the LiteOn for scanning only. Blu-ray burns I do with my Pioneer BDR-S08XLT.
The standard here has been to use the iHBS, as the iHES range tended to report very different values from other BDR scanning drives (old or new Samsung BD burners, old or new LiteOn BD burners). People found that the iHES may exaggerate values and mislead them into believing a disc was less likely to play when it was actually fine, while the iHBS112/212/312 and its clones (and the Samsung BDR drives) reported more true-to-life scans (good scan = good playback, bad scan = poor playback).