[QUOTE=spooks;2207225]It’s been a fun a long fun journey…after thousands of burns, my BenQ DW1620 finally died. And it didn’t even die a natural death. One of my kids opened the drawer and snapped it. [/quote]You have my sympathy
Any recommendations for a replacement? I don’t think any of the trusty DW1620, DW1640, DW1655 drives are available anymore. I’m a snob, too…I’ll admit it. I only burn with YUDEN000 T02 media from Rima, so any recommendations for an internal drive that might make me as happy as I was with my DW1620?
I have occasionally read of the Taiyo Yuden 8x DVD+Rs that they are “Drive Whores” i.e. they’ll take on any drive, any time. I only ever use mine on my crossflashed BenQ DW1640 with WOPC off, for the most part, but really YUDEN000 T02s should do nicely no matter which drive you choose.
Nexperia BenQs can be found on eBay from time to time, both sold as BenQ and as rebadged drives sold under an OEM like Sony, Plextor, Philips etc that can be crossflashed back. Notable examples are the Sony DRU-810 range and the Plextor PX-740A, which is a DW1640, and the Philips DVD8601 - DVD8801
At the present time, there is one Nexperia BenQ drive up for grabs on eBay, an EW1621 (DW1620 in external housing) here:
If this is not an option, and general burning is all you want, the (NEC) Optiarc 7200/7201/7203 range are good all rounders but you don’t get the detailed scanning results, with Jitter and PO reporting. Of course, PO reporting isn’t really needed when you’re using YUDEN000 T02
Some people here have got good scanning details with Liteon drives but they’re crappy CD burners and modern ones don’t read CDs with back or dark substrates.
In summary, my advice is this: Look around for another Nexperia BenQ most likely on the 2nd hand market, if that is not an option, consider a replacement DVDRW drive from the Optiarc 7200 range.
I have a list of Nexperia BenQ crossflashes somewhere, I’ll dig it up tomorrow and post it to help you if you want to try that.