[QUOTE=Quema34;2147201]Although a package will say “up to 16x” or the DVDs are rated for 16x burning doesn’t mean they should be burned at that. While I think newer burners have solved what was formerly the “16x barrier” where 16x media from Verbatim and Taiyo Yuden before couldn’t normally be burned faster than 12x with consistent quality (low PIE/PIF), how fast one can burn a given 16x media depends on what kind of media it is and what burner you have. You can start by popping in a blank and using ImgBurn, which will tell you the mid of the blank and the supported write speeds the firmware of the burner supports. Now if you had an older burner like a BenQ1640, you could run a simulated burn test, called the FE/TE test under QSuite and it would tell you if the speed you selected was ok to use (that said speed would produce a relatively decent burn). Since HP media is actually made by CMC Magnetics, it means (as another poster pointed out) that in most cases, the tests I’ve run on CMC MAG M01 never pass at anything better than 8x. The slowest I’ve ever burned any 16x media was 6x, and that was Ritek junk (G05) I didn’t find out about until much later. 8x will be an acceptable burn, but if you want to slow it down, I’d recommend no slower than 6x (the 16x media does tend to ‘expect’ not much slower than an 8x burn due to the dye), as too slow a speed could actually produce more errors. Now, if you can get some CMC MAG E01 (IIRC, that’s 8x rated media), that tends to be a more stable mid which burns with normally much better results than the 16x CMC MAG M01. Unless the E01 is a very poor batch, it usually allows overspeeding (8x written @ 12x on many burners) BUT it also depends on the burner and its firmware if that’s recommended. IIRC, I think the Pioneer burners usually burn the CMC MAG E01 with the best results consistently. Of course, you can find the mid in the blank media forum and see what burners are used and compare results to give you an idea of what you could expect from burns with your unit.[/QUOTE]
Thank you. I will reread this again more slowly and copy and paste it in a file to refer to.