I just replaced my old 1x Panasonic burner with the 832S DL drive. I heard Ritek was good with this drive, and I have experience with it, so I bought some more. They are the Ritek R03 DVD+R 8x discs. Consistently, when I burn these discs, the Quality Score is low, sometimes 0. There are transfer errors (more at the end of the disc), and if I physically inspect the disc, the dye appears smeared in the burned area. Didn’t matter what speed I tried.
The G04 discs it came with (4x) are better, but still not great. I also see the smear pattern.
The highest quality score I got was 54, and that was from the Taiyo Yuden 8x disc that was included in the bundle, which surprised me because the dye appears to be of low quality.
I have the VS08 firmware. I am just looking to find a brand that will work at 8x and play on most sa players. What is the consensus? I ordered some PioData discs, as I heard they work ok with this drive, but I don’t want to order every brand out there. I am seriously considering returning this drive, as I am not happy with the discs I burned so far. For me, Ritek has been the MOST reliable in the past, so to see this performance is troubling. I would appreicate some help, before I put my 1x burner back in.