Hey guys! I'm a new poster although I'm not a new visitor, being an enthusiast of c0deking's tools.
I just went thru a few batches of Verbatim DVD+R media, and I thought I'd share my findings.
I don't have shots from the quality scans, but I have a few numbers.
Whenever I began using a new batch (serial number) I would reset the OPC history, and then take
readings from the first and third burn, the first being SB only (to assess how good the media fitted the firmware
strategy), then followed by SB+FHT+OHT ones.
At this point, I found that media quality reflects itself mainly in PIF totals, being PIE a measure of how good the
burner strategy is or gets, since the PIE average would generally drop below 15 after the third burn.
On finding any spike or anomaly that would tilt the averages, I would disregard the scan.
This was what I got (16x burns, 8x scans, ASUS DRW-24B3ST @ iHAS324 AL1A):
Verbatim (spindles of 25, Made in India by Moser Baer)
Found some layer bonding issues near the inner ring, seen on every disc
from every spindle.
MCC004, ZE4349, 1139 522 +R E, PIFt: SB 2500; SB+FHT+OHT 2800
MCC004, ZE4302, 1114 546 +R E, PIFt: SB 1100; SB+FHT+OHT 540
Verbatim (spindle of 50, made in Taiwan by CMC Magnetics)
MCC004, ZE4361, PAPA06PD26, PIFt: SB 2800; SB+FHT+OHT 2500
Verbatim (spindles of 100, Made in Taiwan by CMC Magnetics)
MCC004, ZE4361, PAPA16PC31, PIFt: SB 11400; SB+FHT+OHT 6500 (horrible) :doh:
MCC004, ZE4361, PAPA29PC29, PIFt: SB 2800; SB+FHT+OHT 1500
MCC004, ZE4349, PAPA29PE05, PIFt: SB 2200; SB+FHT+OHT 2900
Considering that full burns with PIF totals up to 3000 are acceptable for budget media
(what this was not, at 0.40â‚¬ a piece), I have now two JVC/TY spindles coming in from abroad
and I'm not purchasing any more Verbs. :disagree: