Thank you both very kindly for a very in-depth reply and good burn illustrations. I must say I have learned SO much in the last 24 hours. Had I known all the exhaustive tests you guys put Blank Media up for, back when I put in the order for these Optical Quantum BDR discs, I would've thought twice and gone with a more expensive but less troublesome route.
First things first, in response to both you guys, the drive used to burn the BDRs initially was a LiteOn iHBS112 on a 2010 Mac Pro using the Toast Titanium 14 app (I am a Mac guy with limited access to Windows machines).
For playback I use a Windows HTPC machine with an LG BDROM drive UH12NS30. It is in the family room and is not conducive to serve as a media station. The drive doesn't do Disc Quality tests, so I used an external Buffalo BDXL burner to try that. Those results above are from the Buffalo BDXL.
All last night I was up throwing previous burns to the test. Here's what I found, pardon me if it is common knowledge.
- Verbatim 50GB BDR DL HTL Media I got from Amazon ($130 for 50) showed the best LDC and BIS levels. Like 5 for the former, and 0.9 for BIS. I burned these without any care for the speeds etc on the iHBS112.
- Putting a paper label on the disc murdered the thing. The example above was from a paper labeled disc. The paper label was from Meritline, and wow, nearly all BDRs I put a paper label on, had horrible LDC and BIS levels.
- I tried a few comparative burns on Toast Titanium 14 on Mac and IMGBURN on Windows on the PHILIPSR04-000 media (Optical Quantum), and the LDC/BIS on Mac was nearly always twice the values from an IMGBURN burn. Both burns were accomplished with the media rated burn speed (never auto again), with no extraneous processes running on both machines.
What I take away from this is that I need to get better media (d-uh), and never put any paper (full face) labels on the discs. Unfortunately, using IMGBURN is not an option for me on a day-to-day basis (primary machine = Mac), but I must burn exactly at the rated speed, or at speeds determined by tests here on the forum for the media/burner.
Thank you guys again! I am on the hunt for good media, Melody is on its way from Amazon, and should that work out well, I will venture forth for Falcon/FTI as well.