I own an NEC 3520 with Liggy’s 2.U5 firmware and have recently got into quality scanning. One thing I noticed right off the bat is that the quality scans from the NEC were never that good, they tended to show high PIE and PIF results in Nero’s CD-DVD Speed.
Out of curiosity I took some NEC burned discs into work and did the quality test on a BenQ 1650 - the results were like night and day! According to the BenQ, my burns are quite good (quality of 90+) - According to the NEC, they are subpar (quality of >80)
I’ve done a little research into DVD scanning and BenQ’s and LiteOns are supposed to both be excellent scanners… does this mean the NEC is not so great at scanning? Any firmware updates I should apply to improve the results?
Quick note about the systems the drives live in… the NEC at home has the better system, homebrew Asus P5B board with an intel e6600 processor and 2GB of memory. The BenQ is in an older Dell XPS (also a very nice system) with a Pentium-D chip. During the tests, I shut down everything, so I don’t suspect that other applications or hardware are playing a major role in the outcome of the results.
Thanks in advance for any input! I’ve already ordered a new Liteon LH-20A1P that I am planning on using for scanning, but if I can get this NEC scanning a bit better it looks like I have until Monday to cancel that order.