I just bought a Pioneer BDR-209EBK, and I also have with me, for a limited time, a borrowed ASUS BW-12B1ST from a friend.
After I've tried some BD-R, and some disc quality scans I must say that I'm super pissed with Pioneer, from all BDR-R's that I tested I got better results from the ASUS drive. My 209EBK was manufactured in July 2016 and already came with the latest firmware (1.34).
So, here it goes:
VERBATIMe - roughly the same quality
MBIR06 - roughly the same quality
PHILIPR04 - so bad and inconsistent that is hard to say, but ASUS seems better
RITEKBR3 - the Pioneer destroys these discs, while the ASUS performs very well
My biggest concern is with the ritekbr3 and the philipr04, if this happens with these, it can happen with other discsâ€™ brands. To illustrate what I'm saying I will leave a comparison between the RITEKBR3 recorded in each drive. The discs from RITEK recorded by the Pioneer donâ€™t work in the Pioneer, but the ASUS can read them very slowly for a tiny bit, then fails. The discs recorded by the ASUS drive work very well in both drives.
(I know that RITEK is crap, but just see the difference... I recorded 10 discs, 5 in each drive and I always got roughly the same result).
Do you think it's possible that I have a defective drive?
Sony 10BNR25BSP (spindle 10)
NERO 2016 x6