Just a quicky post I wanted to make. Verbatim DVD-R DL media is on sale here in the USA at NewEgg.com and Meritline.com (last I checked, $16.98 for a 3-pack) and I ordered a 3-pack online (from Meritline.com). I have had a chance to test the first disc. In summary, here are my observations using firmware 1.08:
So far, burn quality is better than what I have experienced with the Verbatim 2.4X rated DVD+R DL discs. I think this may have to do with bad batches of the DVD+R DL discs, or it could just be that the DVD-R DL media is rated at 4X instead of 2.4X, and hence handles 6X burning better. Either way, with a PIE max of 25 and PIF max of 4 (single spike to 4) for a 6X burn, this media has the best burn quality so far of any DL disc I have tested so far on my 716SA drive.
As articles reviewing this media indicate, read compatibility with devices is poor. How could MKM release media that is so utterly incompatible? Of the 2 set top DVD players and 2 computer DVD drives at my place I have read it on (one of those being the 716SA that wrote it), only one of the computer DVD drives (the 716SA that wrote it) and one of the DVD players can read it. So I am seeing substantially less compatibility than the Verbatim 2.4X DVD+R DL, despite the poorer burn quality of those discs that I have experienced.
Attached below are my scans for my first DVD-R DL disc. The PIF scan was in High Accuracy mode, and the PIE scan in Good Accuracy mode. Any comments are appreciated of course.
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