Remember people go by experiences. It's a question of consistency between batches. You can end up with a very bad batch of CMCs, and on another spindle end up with half and half, and on another spindle all good.
However, from my own experience I have ended up with consistently poor RICOHJPN. Where the disc starts ok and at the end the PIF peaks to over 400!
For this reason I use Maxell DVD+R, in spindles of 100, they are RITEK R02 made.... I use the Yuden002 strat, and burn on my 1633. I use the 811S as a baseline for kprobing, for a worse scenario, seeing as the 811S is not the best reader.... And even on my 811S I get OUTSTANDING Kprobes for my RITEKR02s.....PIS no more than 12 and PIFs no more than 2..... And the best part, the total number of PIFs are very low too! They plan fine on even the most fussy players AND inspecting discs one by one I notice no defects.... So far I have been getting consistently good RITEKR02's. Even if I burn with a strat swap the KPROBES are within specs and lower than RICOHJPN. This was not the case a while ago when I had poor results with RITEKR02 - for some strange reason all the batches I am getting are good.
You can never rely strictly on ONE disc or ONE batch - Results VARY, unfortunatlely, which is why I take the time to scan each disc and keep a record.
ALL the discs I have burnt from over a year ago playback perfectly still and kprobes are similar and have not increased. So this is good news.
If you are burning RITEK R02, try using omnipatcher, but instead of using the recommended RICOHJPNR02 start, try using the YUDEN0002 start and let me know how it works for you - Note that I have NEVER reset my eeprom.
Guess now with the RITEKR02's I am getting kprobes better than my colleagues get on their non liteon drives - It makes me happy - Goes to show you LITEON is not so bad after all - You either end up with a GOOD drive or a bad drive......if you end up with a bad drive, return it and get a new one -