After testing my 716SA with both Verbatim (Mitsubishi AZO) and TY made CD-Rs, I still find the quality to be far from what it should be. See my Plextools samples below (read back at 24X and burned at 48X) of TY and MCC media burned on this drive. After visiting this thread:
I realized that something is wrong, because Smoothieboy’s drive is definitely burning the MCC media much better than my drive is. The quality I’m getting is simply unacceptable. Does the CD-R burning on my drive just plain stink, or is there another explanation, such as TLA #? My drive is TLA #0304. Also, my drive is the SATA version. Could there be a SATA compatibility issue that could cause that lowsy C1 spike I see at the end of the 48X burns? I have Kprobe scans of the MCC media that look worse than the Plextools scans.
My TY sample 48X CD-R disc burned at 48X and read back at 24X in Plextools with a C1 Max = 40, and C1 Average = 4.6 (no C2 or CU errors):
My Verbatim MCC 52X sample CD-R disc burned at 48X with PoweRec OFF and read back at 24X in Plextools with a C1 Max = 22 and C1 Average = 2.6 (no C2 or CU errors):
Below is a Kprobe scan of the MCC disc read back at 32X and one read back at Max speed. Discs burned with good quality just don’t do this!