Just got one of these, it seems a pretty good value at $190 (Best Buy). Anyway, being my first stand-alone, I'm wondering what will be my best approach to having top-quality recordings on a reliable disc. My 1st concern will be the results of burning 16x media at 1x, tests are proceeding, but at 1x it's a bit slow. So for the short term, my plan is to burn -RW or RAM, then transfer to +/- R on the 'puter for archiving. Burn quality seems adequate, though not impressive, on some Fuji (Ritek) -RW 2x that I have. Certainly adequate for short term transfers.
Question: if I burn RAM, I will need to get a LG burner for the 'puter so I can do transfers. Will that require any different process than I currently use? (Decryptor or Shrink)
Recording HDTV sources via the SVHS inputs, I think I can see a clear difference between the XP and SP modes. They all appear to be constant bitrate. As yet, I have not tried Shrinking an XP recording, but I presume it will shrink pretty well and I should be able to put 2-3 hours of XP mode recordings on one disc after shrinking. Any body have experience with this? If so, how much shrinkage can you get with no loss of quality on a big screen HDTV monitor?
Sorry to be so long. Here's the 1st burn I got on TY T02 +R: