[quote=Mastakilla;2123391]just wrote the 2th disc of the 2th spindle and that one is good too (also 97% and no dips at all in the benchmark test)
it does still have the high jitter (can this be because the writer is getting a bit older?)
usually i write until it’s broke, but i’ll consider getting a new one if you think that can improve things a lot
the thing with new writers is: do they still make good writers? i thought my benq was the latest decent writer on the planet?[/quote]Don’t worry too much about those jitter numbers. IMHO anything under 12 is OK if everything else is good.
And don’t be in any hurry to replace your BenQ. I still have two 1650 burners I’m using. But I have found my BenQ burners are sometimes a little pickier about media than my Lite-Ons. It is often good to have more than one burner, though, if for no other reason than some burners like media occasionally that others don’t.
One thing about CMC-made Verbatim media I don’t think anybody has mentioned is manufacturing facility differences. There are some letters and numbers stamped on the clear inner circle of each disc that identify which facility it was made in. Codes starting with PAPA on +R and MAPA on -R tend to be better in my experience, while PAP6 on +R and MAP6 on -R often haven’t been nearly as good. But even that varies. I have two 100-pak PAP6 batches now. One batch produces scans about like your first one, but the other batch produces consistently great scans.
Verbatim is good media, but that doesn’t mean it’s 100% good 100% of the time.