New burner advice- Best qual with Yuden T02

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#1

Well, my Benq 1620 looks to be dying on me- so I’m looking for the best price/performance burner that does well with TY T02 DVD+Rs. Bitsetting is a necessity. SATA would be nice since my ASUS P5B-E has a tempermental JMicron IDE controller; but not at a large price premium and not if they are always out of stock. Speed isn’t important since I burn all my discs at their rated 8x speed. CD capability with 1 or 2 sheep would be nice but not essential. Black faceplate is necessary. Litescribe isn’t a big deal, and neither are DVD-RAM, or even DVD-R quality for that matter.

I’m looking hard at the LG GSA-H42N and the Pioneer DVR-111D. Should I consider ASUS or Samsung? The Plextors look just way too damn expensive. I once had a Lite-On 851S that really soured me on their quality- only through the graces of God and the Codeguys did I get any decent burns out of that thing. But of course I’m willing to reconsider if more recent experiences with them are overwhelmingly positive.

Thanks for the advice- I welcome any and all input.


#2

Pioneer…and a real deal at newegg right now. It’s a GREAT burner.


#3

Definitely don’t go for the Pioneer. It doesn’t support bitsetting on +R media.


#4

That is correct, [I]but[/I] there is bit-setting capable firmware available for the Pioneer drives, just not from Pioneer themselves.


#5

True. Works like a charm. AND, the bitsetting is automatic with DVD+R.


#6

But it voids the warranty. :stuck_out_tongue:
I would recommend LG or Plextor. :bigsmile:
The LG’s 8x Z-CLV really bothers me, you know…


#7

Pioneer 111 with the 8.29 firmware. I have 3 and they are better than any of my other 8 drives. To be fair, the only drives that will do poorly on TY +R 8X are the NECs from the 4500 series on. All the other drives I have seen are very good [I]on this TY[/I]. As a bonus, the Pioneer is also one of the rare drives that do very well with TYG02.


#8

Let me chime in with chas0039. If you’re comfortable with crossflashing to the buffalo firmware. Another good choice, particularly if you want scanning and 12X PCAV burns @ around 6:15, are one of the new LITE-ON drives. I’m having fun with my LH-18A1P>20A1P with COdeKings enhanced overspeed firmware at the moment.


#9

I beg to differ, but the Z-CLV burn method my AD-7170A gives me (along with the stupid dips every 500MB) is quite annoying and worth avoiding if possible!

Same goes with my LG… man I hate Z-CLV! Why couldn’t they just stick with P-CAV, huh?



#10

Great, I just bought all three of the drives talked about in here.

Pioneer 111D
LG GSA-H22N
LiteOn LH-18A1P

I think I definitely have to keep the LiteOn for scanning. But I need to get rid of one of the other two. Which One?!!!


#11

You must have mis-read me. I [I]do not[/I] recommend NEC anymore. Not since the 3520.


#12

No question in my mind; the Pioneer.


#13

I think you just said to dunp the Pioneer. (read the question…of which to GET RID OF).

You don’t really mean that, do you? I thought you were a Pio pioneer!!


#14

Thanks. You are totally right, I mean KEEP the Pioneer. And, actually, I was not much of a Pioneer fan at all until the 111 came out. The quality moved me over into the Pioneer camp in a big way, expeciallly with the deeply disappointing NEC 45XX series.