Pioneer or NEC?

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#1

I currently have a LG-4160B and had it for about 8 months now and would like to buy a new drive, I’m having a hard time deciding whether I should get an NEC 3520A or a Pioneer 109. I read alot of reviews and it seems like both these drives are almost the same.

I just want good DVD-R writing quality, I will be using mostly TYG01 and/or TYG02 media. My main thing is I want to also be able to do Disc Quality Tests in Nero CD-DVD Speed, and scan for PI/PIF once in a while.

I read that the Pioneer is not a good scanner, and that the Lite-On’s are the best in terms of scanning? Well I want an OK scanner, not the worst but fair.

Speed isn’t a problem for me I don’t care how long it takes to burn a DVD as long as the quality is good. I usually burn my TYG01’s at 4x.

Price isn’t much of a problem for me, because I know a place which sells both these drives for the exact same price.

I know about the crossflashing a 109 to A09 will enable 12x DVD Ripping, and quieter?

which one do you guys reccomend?

thnx.


#2

Go with the NEC 3520. Look at my sig below for scans and media scores from both drives. Pioneer used to be much better on -R but lately they seem to prefer +R.

The only thing missing from your want list above is the ripping speed


#3

NEC for me also but i still think the reading can be improved slightly…


#4

109 reader and Nec burner/get two they are cheap!LOL


#5

That’s the kind of thinking that got me into my BenQ mess. :stuck_out_tongue:


#6

What about AOpen 1616 ($39.99 @newegg.com now) for ripping and NEC 3500 for burning.This is only $80 investment.


#7

The 1608 only topped out at 8.79X on a DL rip. Have they improved the rip speed on the 1616?


#8

Thnx guys for the help, but I’ll most likely be going with the NEC, I understand that both burners are cheap these days, but don’t got the type of $$ to get both, I’m not like some of you who have 2, one for burning and one for scanning, I don’t want to get too paranoid into the quality and whatnot of a DVD, I already did surface scans on like 40 DVD movies I got, and it was tiring :stuck_out_tongue:

I’ll use the NEC as an all around burner, burning, and scanning once in a while.

I forgot to mention, I don’t really mind the speed of ripping DVD’s, as I don’t do that too often.


#9

Good choice. Another NEC convert in the camp.


#10

Yep! 3520s are good units!
You won’t be disappointed!


#11

Hi Chas; As far as I can tell the 1616 is the same as you said it tops little over 8X for D/L in ripping.