before asking this I did a lot of search on both, the web and here in cdfreaks but with no result.
Erik lists on his website an number of drives of which all are dated (manufactured 2004-2006) except the Optiarc AD-7x and that are all supposed to use the Mediatek chipset (the MS1868/9?).
I have checked my 2 BenQ DW16xx drives and they do not have Mediatek chipsets. They use Philips PNX786x. My PX-716AL has a Sanyo LC897492 chip in it.
Is there a list of supported drives or chipsets elsewhere? Maybe even hardware revisions?
I’m looking to buy a drive that does not surpress E32 and POF errors on media. I have a couple of CDs and DVD that do have E32 and POF (CATS result) but they are not reported in media scans on all of my drives. Seems the error correction of the drives sorts them out. Spec define error testing in single pass for CD and DVD. Consumer drives are obviously designed for best correction performance rather than for detecting and pointing out defects.
Thank you for your comments.