i have been checking these forums randomly for the last few years, but rarely post. this time searching around didn’t help me come to a definite conclusion, so i am posting. anyway, my sony dru710 has been burning nothing but coasters recently. i’m ready to buy something new, but have no idea what. i’ve read a few threads and seen a few drives mentioned, but other users have requested what people use the drive for to help with the recommendation. for me, it’s burn quality. for as much research as i’ve tried to do to avoid posting a topic, i just can’t seem to narrow it down to a final drive, so i’m requesting you pro’s just help me out and tell me what to buy so i don’t have to make the choice, heh.
my friends and i make small/fun movies. just with dv cameras, import the footage, edit it down, and burn the movie, and usually make several copies.
what i need:
i just want to burn discs, and not have to worry if they are going to work or not. i use dvdinfopro and will do a crc read error test on every disc i burn, and lately discs that pass that test 100% still skip around in a dvd player. usually you can tell the player is having trouble reading it. this just began to start happening the last few months, so i can only assume it’s the drive that’s dying.
i only use dvd+r, so something that auto booktypes to dvd-rom would be nice.
outside of those things, i don’t really care. i’m not worried about price, i don’t need 18x burning, 16x is just fine with me. i don’t need lightscribe, nor would i use it even if i had it cause those discs cost so much. quality dual layer ability would be nice, but i’ve never even bought a dl disc since they cost so much, so that also isn’t very important. like i said, it’s just about best burn quality.
also, as i’ve been reading other threads, people make mention about all these different kinds of tests that some burners have that others don’t. i don’t know what any of those tests are offhand, but if a drive has those tests, that’s cool too. i’m sure i’d learn how to use them if they helped improve or ensure burn quality even further.