TSST TS-H653/H663 results and discussion

It looks like somehow throughout the years a dedicated topic has never been created for these burners, even though there are many topics for other (rebadged) drives with different firmware than their better-known sister models. The good news is that being OEM drives, they are still cheap and plentiful on eBay today so anyone can still join the club! Based on their weight (as well as date of manufacture) I would say that they very likely are also better built than certain drives, which shall remain unnamed, that are currently still in production and perhaps even some well-respected drives like the Optiarc AD-7260S (only 640 g). Here is a list of models (based on the TSST drives table of blackened and czary2mary):
TS-H653A - OEM version of Samsung SH-S183A
TS-H653L - OEM version of Samsung SH-S183L
TS-H653B - OEM version of Samsung SH-S203B
TS-H653D - OEM version of Samsung SH-S203D
TS-H653P - OEM version of Samsung SH-S203P
TS-H653N - OEM version of Samsung SH-S203N
TS-H653S - OEM version of Samsung SH-S203S
TS-H653Q - OEM version of Samsung SH-S223Q
TS-H653F - OEM version of Samsung SH-S223F
TS-H663L - OEM version of Samsung SH-S223L
TS-H663C - OEM version of Samsung SH-S223C (Samsung chipset)
TS-H663B - OEM version of Samsung SH-S223B
TS-H663D - OEM version of Samsung SH-S243D
TS-H663N - OEM version of Samsung SH-S243N

Unique TS series drives:
TS-H653Z - mainboard of SH-S223Q + Sanyo SF-DS18T OPU
TS-H653R - mainboard of SH-S223L + Sanyo SF-DS19T OPU
TS-H653G - mainboard of SH-S223B + Sanyo SF-DS19T OPU
TS-H653H - Samsung chipset like the SH-S223C + unknown OPU (probably Sanyo or otherwise Optis)
TS-H653J - Mediatek MT1839LN chipset + Sanyo SF-DS1XT OPU
TS-H653T - appears to be a Lightscribe version of the 653J but otherwise the same
TS-H653E - Mediatek chipset + unknown OPU

I have purchased a TS-H653G for $12 including free shipping and will be posting more about it once I receive it.

I have the 653G and it overall feels like a quality drive. It is also one of the few drives that can be oversped for reading to 18x on single layer discs and 16x on dual layer discs. It has the same chipset and opu like the Liteon Ihas 124A, which can also be oversped the same way.

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MCSE output of H653H fw D700 (DVD-R9 (DL) and DVD-RW strategies redacted for brevity purposes)

Media Code Speed Edit V 1.2.0.10

Firmware:
Bootcode:

Overall supported media types: 166

DVD+R9 supported media types: 6
DVD+R supported media types: 10
DVD+RW supported media types: 10
DVD-R9 supported media types: 8
DVD-R supported media types: 100
DVD-RW supported media types: 32

DVD+R9 supported media types: 6

CMC MAG D06-000
MKM 001-000
RICOHJPN D00-000
RICOHJPN D01-000 1x
RITEK D01-000
RITEK S06-000

DVD+R supported media types: 10

IS02… 001-000
MBIPG101 R05-000 1x
PRODISC R03-000
PRODISC R05-000 1x
RICOHJPN R02-000
RICOHJPN R03-000
RITEK P16-000
RITEK R03-000
RITEK R05-000 1x
YUDEN000 T03-000

DVD+RW supported media types: 10


CMC MAG W02-000
CMC MAG W03-000
MKM A02-000
MKM A03-000
PHILIPS RW8-000
RICOHJPN W11-000
RICOHJPN W21-000
RITEK 004-000
RITEK 008-000
SONY S11-000

DVD-R9 supported media types: 8

30 4
4 4

DVD-R supported media types: 100

AML 2x,1x
AN31
BeAll G16001
BeAll G40001
CMC MAG. AE1
CMC MAG. AM3 1x
CMC MAG. AM4 12x,8x
DAXON008S
DAXON016S
DDTRG001
DDTRG002
DDTRG003
Dvsn A001
Dvsn-160
Dvsn-80
EDMA01
FTI RG16
FUJIFILM03 1x
FUJIFILM04
GSC001
GSC003
GSC004
GSC005
GSC006
INFODISC-R01 12x,8x
INFODISC-R20
INFOMEDIAR20
INFOMEDIAR30
INFOSMART02. 2x,1x
INFOSMART03.
ISSM R02
ISSM R01 8x,4x,1x
KDTTC1-TPCP2 2x
KDTVVV 12x,8x,1x
KIC01RG080 12x,8x
KIC01RG20
LEADDATA S03
LEADDATA S04
LGE08
LGE16
LONGTEN 001
MBI 01RG40
MBI 01RG50
MBI 03RG40
MBI 03RG50
MCC 01RG20
MCC 02RG20
MCC 03RG20 1x
MJC M005
MJC ME
MUST 003
MUST 007
MXL RG01 12x,8x,1x
MXL RG02
MXL RG03
MXL RG04
NAN YA F02
OPTODISCR004 8x,4x,1x
OPTODISCR008
OPTODISCR016
POSG06
POSG08
PRINCO
PRINCO8X02
PRINCORGM1
PRINCORGM2
PVC001001
Plasmon1A
ProdiscF01
ProdiscF02 12x,8x,1x
ProdiscF03
ProdiscS03
ProdiscS04 8x,4x,1x
ProdiscS05 12x,8x
RITEKF1 8x,4x,1x
RITEKF2 2x
RITEKG04 1x
RITEKG04 01
RITEKG05
RITEKM16
SKC Co.,Ltd.
SONY04D1 1x
SONY08D1
SONY16D1 1x
TCLDS01
TCLDS03 12x,8x
TDKG02000000 2x
TMI003
TTG01
TTG02
TTH01
TTH02
TYG02
TYG03 1x
UME01
UME02
VDSPMSAB 01 8x,4x,1x
VIDEOLAR 02 8x,4x,1x
VIDEOLAR 03
WFI A16002

DVD-RW supported media types: 32

Notice how there are no strategies for the vast majority of DVD+R MIDs, including very popular ones such as MCC04 (same is true for the D400 firmware)! This is a Samsung chipset drive as listed in the TSST drives table and evidenced by the RPC1 patch checkbox being greyed out in MCSE, unlike with Mediatek chipset drives. MCSE is definitely reporting this correctly as it does show a normal list of DVD+R MIDs/strategies extracted from the TS-H663C (SH-S223C) firmware, which is also a Samsung chipset drive (almost certainly exactly the same chipset, in fact). D700 is the latest firmware available on firmwarehq.com but I have spotted TS-H653Hs on eBay that come with firmware D800 listed on their label, which perhaps fixes this issue?

MCSE output/supported MIDs for the H653G here

MCSE output for the TS-H663C (OEM version of SH-S223C, a Samsung chipset drive), firmware version KC02 (DVD-R9 (DL) and DVD-RW MID lists redacted for brevity purposes; feel free to DM me if you are interested in them):

Media Code Speed Edit V 1.2.0.10

Firmware: TSSTcorpCDDVDW TS-H663C KC02
Bootcode: TSSTcorpCDDVDW TS-H663C BOOT

Overall supported media types: 287

DVD+R9 supported media types: 27
DVD+R supported media types: 77
DVD+RW supported media types: 23
DVD-R9 supported media types: 15
DVD-R supported media types: 110
DVD-RW supported media types: 35

DVD+R9 supported media types: 27

0HILIPS CD2
0IC00000 D20
0MC MAG D02
0MC MAG D04
0MC MAG D06
0MEDISC DL1
0NFOME D01
0SSMD01
0VCco RD2
CMC MAG D01
CMC MAG D03
DEFAULT 4X
FTI D08
FTI R08
MBIPG101 R10
MBIPG101 R12
MKM 001
MKM 003
PRINCO4X D00
RICOHJPN D00
RICOHJPN D01

RICOHJPN D01
RITEK D01
RITEK D03
RITEK S04
RITEK S04
RITEK S06

DVD+R supported media types: 77

0AXELL 001
0AXELL 003
0BIPG101 R04
0CC 002
0DK 001
0DK 002
0DT003 003
0ITEK F16
0ITEK P16
0ML 001
0ONY D11
0OS R01
0OS R05
0RODISC R02
0S02… 001
0lasmon1 C01
0lasmon2 C01
AML 002
AML 003
BeAll000 PG0
CMC MAG E01
CMC MAG M01
CMC MAG M02
DAXON AZ2
DAXON AZ3
DAXON CY3
DDT 001
DDT 002
DEFAULT 2X
Dvsn+160 001
EMDPAZ01 000
FTI 016
GSC503 H02
INFODISC R20
INFOME R20
INFOME R30
ISSM 001
ISSM 003
KIC00000 S80
LD S03
LD S04
LGEP16 001
MAXELL 002
MBIPG101 R05
MBIPG101 R05
MCC 003
MCC 004
MICRON 001
MICRON 002
MJC 003
MJC 005
MUST 002
MUST 006
NAN YA FLX
NANYA CLX
OPTODISC OR8
OPTODISC R16
PRODISC R03
PRODISC R04
PRODISC R05
PRODISC R05
RICOHJPN R02
RICOHJPN R03
RITEK F16
RITEK R02
RITEK R03
RITEK R04
RITEK R05
RITEK R05
SONY D21
TDK 003
VDSPMSAB 001
VIDEOLAR 002
VIDEOLAR 003
WFKA11 321
YUDEN000 T02
YUDEN000 T03

DVD+RW supported media types: 23

0ANYA DRW
0BIPG101 W05
0CC A01
0NFOME A20
CMC MAG W02
CMC MAG W03
DAXON D42
DAXON W81
DEFAULT 2X
DEFAULT 2X
INFODISC A10
MBIPG101 W04
MKM A02
MKM A03
OPTODISC OP4
PHILIPS 041
PHILIPS RW8
PRODISC W02
RICOHJPN W11
RICOHJPN W21
RITEK 004
RITEK 008
SONY S11

DVD-R9 supported media types: 15

DVD-RW supported media types: 35

Interestingly, the first letter of the MID creator has sometimes been replaced with a ‘0’ (zero) in the MCSE output of this Samsung chipset drive. A quirk that probably is the result of MCSE being primarily focused on Mediatek and NEC chipset drives.

MCSE output for H653B (OEM version of SH-S203B)(DVD-R9 (DL) and DVD-RW MID/strategy lists redacted for brevity purposes; please DM me if you are interested in them):

Media Code Speed Edit V 1.2.0.10

Firmware: TSSTcorpDVD±RW TS-H653BD400
Bootcode: TSSTcorpDVD±RW TS-H653BBOOT

Overall supported media types: 318

DVD+R9 supported media types: 26
DVD+R supported media types: 74
DVD+RW supported media types: 37
DVD+RW9 supported media types: 2
DVD-R9 supported media types: 14
DVD-R supported media types: 101
DVD-RW supported media types: 43
DVD-RAM supported media types: 21

DVD+R9 supported media types: 26

CMC MAG D01 2.4x
CMC MAG D02 8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG D03 8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG D04 4x
FTI R08 8x,6x,4x
INFOME D01 2.4x
KIC00000 D20 2.4x
MBIPG101 R10 8x,6x,4x
MBIPG101 R12 8x,6x,4x
MKM 001 2.4x
MKM 003 8x,6x,4x
PHILIPS CD2 2.4x
PRINCO 000 2.4x
PRINCO4X D00 8x,6x,4x
PRODISC D01 2.4x
PRODISC D04 8x,6x,4x
RICOHJPN D00 2.4x
RICOHJPN D01 8x,6x,4x
RICOHJPN D01 8x,6x,4x

RICOHJPN D02 16x,14x,12x,10x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK D01 2.4x
RITEK D03 4x
RITEK S04 4x
RITEK S04 8x,6x,4x
RITEK S06 16x,14x,12x,10x,8x,6x,4x
UMEDISC DL1 4x

DVD+R supported media types: 74

AML 002 8x,6x,4x
AML 003 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
BeAll000 PG0 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG E01 8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG F01 4x
CMC MAG M01 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG M02 18x,16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
DAXON AZ2 8x,6x,4x
DAXON AZ3 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
DDT 001 4x
DDT 002 8x,6x,4x
Dvsn+160 001 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
EMDPAZ01 000 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
FTI 016 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
GSC503 H02 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
INFODISC R10 4x
INFODISC R20 8x,6x,4x
INFOME R20 8x,6x,4x
INFOME R30 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
IS01 001 4x
IS02… 001 8x,6x,4x
ISSM 001 8x,6x,4x
ISSM 003 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
KIC00000 S80 8x,6x,4x
LD S03 8x,6x,4x
LD S04 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
LGEP16 001 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MAXELL 001 4x
MAXELL 002 8x,6x,4x
MAXELL 003 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MBIPG101 R04 8x,6x,4x
MBIPG101 R05 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MCC 002 4x
MCC 003 8x,6x,4x
MCC 004 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MICRON 001 8x,6x,4x
MJC 003 8x,6x,4x
MJC 005 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MPOMEDIA 080 8x,6x,4x
MUST 002 8x,6x,4x
MUST 006 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
NAN YA FLX 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
NANYA CLX 8x,6x,4x
ODMS 002 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
OPTODISC OR4 4x
OPTODISC OR8 8x,6x,4x
OPTODISC R16 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
POS R01 8x,6x,4x
PRODISC R02 4x
PRODISC R03 8x,6x,4x
PRODISC R04 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
PRODISC R05 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
Plasmon1 C01 8x,6x,4x
RICOHJPN R02 8x,6x,4x
RICOHJPN R03 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RICOHJPN R03 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK F16 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK P16 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK R02 4x
RITEK R03 8x,6x,4x
RITEK R04 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK R05 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEK R05 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
SONY D11 8x,6x,4x
SONY D21 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
TDK 001 4x
TDK 002 8x,6x,4x
TDK 003 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
VDSPMSAB 001 4x
WFKA11 211 8x,6x,4x
WFKA11 321 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
YUDEN000 T01 4x
YUDEN000 T02 8x,6x,4x
YUDEN000 T03 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x

DVD+RW supported media types: 37

            2.4x 

CMC MAG W01 2.4x
CMC MAG W02 4x,2.4x
CMC MAG W03 6x,4x
DAXON D42 4x,2.4x
DAXON W81 4x
INFODISC A01 2.4x
INFODISC A10 4x,2.4x
INFOME A20 4x
MBIPG101 W03 2.4x
MBIPG101 W04 4x,2.4x
MBIPG101 W05 4x
MCC A01 2.4x
MKM A02 4x,2.4x
MKM A03 8x,6x,3.3x
MKM A03 8x,6x,3.3x
NANYA DRW 4x,2.4x
NANYASC DRW 2.4x
OPTODISC OP1 2.4x
OPTODISC OP4 4x,2.4x
OPTODISC OP8 6x,4x
PHILIPS 010 2.4x
PHILIPS 041 4x,2.4x
PHILIPS RW8 8x,6x,3.3x
PRODISC W01 2.4x
PRODISC W02 4x,2.4x
PRODISC W03 8x,6x,3.3x
RICOHJPN W01 2.4x
RICOHJPN W11 4x,2.4x
RICOHJPN W21 8x,6x,3.3x
RITEK 001 2.4x
RITEK 004 4x,2.4x
RITEK 008 8x,6x,3.3x
SENTINEL W01 2.4x
SENTINEL W02 4x,2.4x
SONY S11 4x,2.4x
SONY S21 8x,6x,3.3x

DVD+RW9 supported media types: 2

PHILIPS RWD
RICOHJPN W21

DVD-R9 supported media types: 14

DVD-R supported media types: 101

80SONY-R0 2x
AML 4x
AN31 4x
BeAll G16001 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
BeAll G40001 4x
CMC MAG. AE1 8x,6x,4x
CMC MAG. AF1 4x
CMC MAG. AM3 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
DAXON008S 8x,6x,4x
DAXON016S 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
DDT RG003 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
DDTRG001 4x
DDTRG002 8x,6x,4x
Dvsn A001 4x
Dvsn-160 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
Dvsn-80 8x,6x,4x
EDMA01 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
FTI RG16 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
FUJIFILM03 8x,6x,4x
FUJIFILM04 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
GSC001 4x
GSC002 4x
GSC003 8x,6x,4x
GSC004 8x,6x,4x
GSC005 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
GSC006 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
IMC JPN R01 8x,6x,4x
INFODISC-R01 4x
INFODISC-R20 8x,6x,4x
INFOMEDIAR20 8x,6x,4x
INFOMEDIAR30 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
INFOSMART01 4x
INFOSMART02. 8x,6x,4x
INFOSMART03. 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
ISSM R02 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
ISSM R01 8x,6x,4x
KDTTC1-TPCP2 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
KDTVVV 8x,6x,4x
KIC01RG080 8x,6x,4x
KIC01RG160 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
KIC01RG20 4x
LEADDATA S03 8x,6x,4x
LEADDATA S04 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
LGE08 8x,6x,4x
LGE16 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
LONGTEN 001 4x
MBI 01RG40 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MBI 03RG40 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MCC 00RG200 2x
MCC 01RG20 4x
MCC 02RG20 8x,6x,4x
MCC 03RG20 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MEI 00V003 4x
MJC M005 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MJC ME 8x,6x,4x
MUST 003 8x,6x,4x
MUST 007 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
MXL RG01 2x
MXL RG01A 2x
MXL RG02 4x
MXL RG03 8x,6x,4x
MXL RG04 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
NAN YA F02 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
OPTODISCR004 4x
OPTODISCR008 8x,6x,4x
OPTODISCR016 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
POSG06 8x,6x,4x
PRINCO 4x
PRINCO8X02 8x,6x,4x
PRINCORGM1 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
PVC001001 2x
Plasmon1A 8x,6x,4x
ProdiscF01 8x,6x,4x
ProdiscF02 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
ProdiscS03 4x
ProdiscS04 8x,6x,4x
ProdiscS05 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEKF1 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
RITEKG04 4x
RITEKG04 01 4x
RITEKG05 8x,6x,4x
RITEKM16 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
SKC Co.,Ltd. 4x
SONY04D1 4x
SONY08D1 8x,6x,4x
SONY16D1 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
TCLDS01 8x,6x,4x
TCLDS03 4x
TCLDS04 4x
TDKG02000000 2x
TTG01 4x
TTG02 8x,6x,4x
TTH01 8x,6x,4x
TTH02 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
TYG01 4x
TYG02 8x,6x,4x
TYG03 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
UME01 8x,6x,4x
UME02 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x
VDSPMSAB 01 4x
WFI A16002 16x,12x,8x,6x,4x

DVD-RW supported media types: 43

What is interesting is that this (earlier) rebadged SH-S203B does have a strategy for Optodisc R16 (DVD+R) that the SH-S223B based drive (H653G with SH-S223B mainboard and Sanyo OPU) lacks!

Burned with TS-H653G fw DW10 @ 16x (Verbatim 10-pack of CMC M01)

Not good…

Burned with TS-H653G fw DW30 (RPC-1 patched with MCSE) @ 6x (Verbatim 10-pack of CMC M01)

Better!