My main concern is how long burned media will last, not burning speed.
With this in mind, do the diagnostics found in PlexTools provide a good indication? More specifically, I bought a few spindles of Verbatim +R DL media because this is the only DL media Plextor recommends, I thought I would get the best (and most expensive) around. However, results show not-so-exciting performances. For example, I also used Sony +R DL media, which are much less expensive, and diagnostics return better results (in terms of PIF, Jitter). (Curiosly enough, 2.4x media gives best results if burned at 6x compared to 2.4x and 4x).
Now, if a burned media gives better results, do I have to expect better reliability and durability in the future? If this is the case, I might just as well buy a couple DVD’s for each brand and see which gets me the best results, then settle with them.
I’m a bit disappointed because I bought an expensive Plextor (755UF) and expensive media (Verbatim and Plextor/TY) but, based on tests available on cdrfreaks.com and cdrinfo.com, it looks like there are much cheaper combinations out there with better results.
Does it still pay off paying more for Plextor and Verbatim? Suppose a bulk disc performs better with diagnostics than Verbatim/TY, does that means that better? Or there’s more to the picture than the diagnostic features cannot show?
Thank you very much.