[QUOTE=bwolf;2188706]Like I said, the question of what media brand is better than the other is purely a preference issue, you stated it best by advocating sony due to its cheaper cost as opposed to memorex. So that still lends weight to my point. As for the level of knowledge and expertise needed to make the appropriate adjustments in regards to program settings and firmware updates, …it doesnt take a high level of expertise at all, it merely takes research of not only the program you might be using, and knowledge of what hardware you use. Fairly simple, and when you know what you got and how you use it, you will find that, as I stated earlier 98% of the bad burn issues can be resolved. I understand that some people like yourself tend to stick to certain brands either based by your own experiences or merely because the brands you might use were recommended to you. I tend to go by what I know from my own experiences and I recommend accordingly. Hope that clears it up for ya.[/QUOTE]
Thanx for your further comments.
I do disagree with your assessment that media quality is merely a matter of personal preference. Using the results of many tests done by independent groups, plus a trial and error method of discovering on their own, an individual can, without any pre-conceived notion of what is good quality or isn’t, decide for themselves what might or might not work, but that in no way defines the quality (or lack of same) that a manufacturer puts into their product.
My comment about the price of Sony vs Memorex was merely to demonstrate to you that high quality, usable media need not cost more than what was being defined as sub-standard, cheap media… a point you made in your last post. I was in no way advocating what you were saying.
With regards to the expertize necessary to go into a system to effect the changes required, not due to media, but due to system settings, firmware, researching software, etc. etc. - I run computer and software help sessions up here for people wanting it, aside from whatever I contribute to the forum, and personal experience (nothing to do with preferences), has shown me that most computer-illiterate people (or newbies, if you prefer) don’t even know what questions to ask, let alone where to look for answers (however simple you state it is - spoken like a knowledgeable person with no patience for those learning) - I try to phrase my responses in such as way that if don’t know much, they’ll understand me, if they do know more, they’ll tell me.
Other than that, I was quite clear about what you were saying… I just don’t agree with it.