Just finished burning and scanning 10 DVDs to test a few different flavors of media I’ve bought on sale. I burned 3 discs of 3 different types and averaged the quality scores. Then I burned a single of a 4th type just to see what would happen. All were burned in a BQ1650 with firmware BCIC and scanned in a Lite-On 160P6S with firmware PSOB.
The average of the 3 Memorex 16x -R CMC MAG AM3 was 88
The average of the 3 Memorex 16x +R CMC Mag M01 was 92
The average of the 3 Dynex 16x -R MIC MCC 03RG20 was 94.33
The single Memorex 16x -R RITEKF1 was 95
A few comments. Although Ritek is a manufacturer that everyone seems to hate, I’ve had overall better scans with RITEKF1 than I have with either CMC AM3 or M01 in both my Lite-On 160P6S and BQ1650 burners. The only thing I’ve notices with the RITEKF1 is that the PIE count will be pretty high (lots of blue) but the PIF looks very good in comparison to other media I’ve scanned.
Also, the Best Buy Black Friday Dynex Made in China (possibly faked?) MCC 03RG20 have produced decent scans as well. The only scan I’ve had that has a QS below 93 was burned in a very old Pioneer DVR-105, which will be shelved soon. Just looking for a good deal from Newegg.
How well these will hold up over time is anyone’s guess. I’m sure you all know the answers to that better than I do given my fairly newbie status.