Why does everyone keep saying "my NEC 2500A will be able to burn DL media!" :rolleyes:
ONE successful test does NOT mean that this is something that would be successful for people! Recall that Philips said that its existing burners can't be upgraded to DL because only a select few of them will have components that are within the tighter tolerances. Philips gave some huge number, like 70%, for the amount that will NOT make the upgrade. Whether or not that number is accurate and whether or not that number would be as high for the NEC are all very open questions. It might be, if luck is willing, that all 2500A drives can be upped to DL successfully. But more likely, only a percentage of them can make the transition, and until we get more data points than just one test, people should not be drawing these "it will work, and let's pin all of our hopes on this" conclusions!
Not to mention, this DL firmware that we see is likely an experimental test firmware. Who knows how things will be with the release firmware? What's to keep NEC from revising its release firmware now that it has seen the need to put in some additional form of protection against the conversion? If anything, this whole ridiculous ruckus that's been raised over this has done nothing but hurt the community as this is certainly something that will have caught NEC's attention, and who knows what they'll do in response.
It's been said over and over again by a number of people, including prominent members of the NEC community, that this is premature and is so far nothing more than just a curiosity! Why can't people take a cue from them and treat it as such?
breathes Whew. Okay, now that's off my chest...