[QUOTE=Raddek;2298575]Alright, Thanks for the info. I do wonder, tho, why Lite-On Drives are so popular for testing? I hope I don’t make anyone mad for saying this, but, I’ve always seen Lite-On Drives as kind of cheap. … I guess I’m wrong.[/QUOTE]
Lite-On drives have not always been the best burners, and they have been somewhat fragile and much cheaper than other drives, so they developed a reputation for cheapness early on. However, they have become a lot better over time, and, irrespective of their “cheapness”, they have one of the few drives that actually produces scans which are consistent, reproducible, and relatively accurate, so that’s why they are popular for that task.
Pioneer drives are completely useless as scanners.
LG drives are mostly useless as scanners.
Plextor drives were always too expensive, and too slow at scanning.
BenQ drives were the best all-around scanners, but they are no longer being manufactured.
Samsung drives vary greatly in their scanning consistency. Some models scan OK, and some don’t. Plus, they don’t report jitter.
NEC/Optiarc drives can scan OK, but their results are often not directly comparable to other scanning drives. Plus, they don’t report jitter.
Lite-On drives are the only drives in current production that can be relied on for end-user scanning. They scan as accurately as is possible for a consumer-grade drive, and they perform all the necessary functions, including scanning for jitter.
Keep in mind that what I say above only applies to scanning DVDs. For scanning and testing CDs, things get a bit more complicated.