Have they? Given that no one really knows the significance of TLA# this is quite a daring statement.
Now if TLA# was truly the hardware-revision we're assuming it is and if we were to bet on it then that is exactly what I would bet on.
IMHO you quite nicely explained above (i didn't quote it all) why it doesn't matter in the first place
Yes, and boy have you been sucked in on that discussion/opinion on which TLA# ist best. Made you all forget your drive was working fine, eh?
The folks in this forum who brought this whole TLA# issue up and discussed it over and OVER have IMHO been rather singleminded and also rather uninformed. The whole thing has degenerated to the situation that some guy burns his first disc, scans it, promptly panics over the (ok) result, and the posts a mesage here asking whether his drive is ok or not.
All of them are missing ONE importang FACT: Burning a disc is not only a matter of the drive (and firmware) used, even more importantly it is a matter of the MEDIA that is used.
Why is eveyone looking at the TLA and not at the media involved? Why has the hardware become the main supect? As someone else said earlier, there is no prooven indication that Plextors hardware was/is more prone to defects than anyone elses.
In my opinion the used hardware only accounts for perhaps 10% (maybe even less) of bad burns, the rest is due to crappy media and 'crappy' nowadays includes quality brands that because of cost pressure have to make savings too. If one has followed the news on optical media manufacturing a bit then it is clear that all manufacturers nowadays are operating on a absolutely minimal margin of revenue. There is even talk of needing to raise prices! The quality of media however is discussed very little.
Yes one can. On can blame them for looking exclusively at the drive for a fault that might as well be the medias.