Iâ€™m seeing lots of opinions here, which is great. Keep it friendly though.
IMO, NEC get the firmware right straight out the box more than any other ODD manufacturer. They tend not to release loads of firmware updates as generally they are not needed.
Most of the scans Iâ€™ve seen in the NEC forum are discâ€™s scanned on either an NEC or BenQ drive, neither drive conforming to any scanning standard as such. The scans I have seen on Lite-On or Plextor drives using software made for the task, have in all but a very few cases been within the specification. The fact of that is, every drive manufacturer would class these scans as good.
Of course we like to be very picky here on CDFreaks and always strive for even better results. But we should also get things into perspective, NEC or any other manufacturer is unlikely to try and fix something that isnâ€™t broken. New firmwares will arrive, and they will probably be better than the present firmware. In the mean time, everyone needs to chill. :flower: