Which drives handle errors well?



In my own experience, the champions in error correction are;

  • TSST SE208
  • TSST LB23
  • HL BU20
  • SE-224FB (I do not own it. Tested at school).
  • SE-506 (untested, but should cover SE208).

Silver cup:

  • eTAU108 handles damaged CDs very well, but not DVD.
  • S182: handles audio CD good, but not CD-RW.
  • BE14NU40 (but horrible for damaged CDDA BE14NU40: Horrible at dealing with damaged CDDA?).
  • SU208CB: not so good for CDs, but supreme DVD error management.
  • DVR-R07 handles damaged DVDs well, unlike CDs.
  • Elta 6740 DVD boombox (good overall error correction performance, but handles damaged CDDA’s and VCD’s even better than any desktop drive I tested).
  • Aiwa XP-EV500.
  • Philips AZ382 (horrible at CDDA but excellent at MP3/WMA).
  • Technics SL-PJ26A, JVC RC-EX30 (above average CDDA damage handling).

Could somebody battle a new Pioneer BD burner against them? And BE16NU50 and the 56Ă— AOpen.
56Ă— is crazily fast.

Edit suggestions (see Quora) are not possible on MyCE, unfortunately.


Are you sure about the HL BU20 drive?

LG manufactured dvd-r/bluray-r drives with Mediatek (and maybe also the older Renases) chipset have a “jamless play”/“fatal reading behavior” feature, which basically bulldozes though bad//unreadable sectors by returning back sectors will all zeros or junk data. This “bulldozing” doesn’t even return back a read error.

Very frustrating if one is not aware of it.


Wow, that’s pretty dumb.
Why not just return a 03/11/05!

If error correction is enabled, I would like to receive either 100% data integrity or no data at all! I already hate, how CDDA/VCD/SVCD has no guaranteed data integrity, as known from data CD-ROM.
But the BU20 actually returned 100% data integrity. Exact match of SE208.


So far I have only really encountered this “fatal reading behavior” when my LG drives are copying *.VOB files from dvd discs which are either defective and/or badly damaged. On the older dvddecrypter ripper program, this “bulldozing” over bad/unreadable sectors is detected when an error message indicating the mpeg2 header is missing from the first four bytes of a sector (ie. 0x000001ab).

On the other side of the coin, this “fatal reading behavior” is good for spotting new errors or disc rotting on discs which I have previously checked on my other drives (such as LiteOn which doesn’t have this “fatal reading behavior”).

(More generally).

There are some reports of LG manufctured bluray-r drives having this “fatal reading behavior” when reading badly damaged bluray discs. Though I have not encountered it yet myself.

I tried ripping the isos from various damaged cd-rom data discs I have (mostly from old pc games). It didn’t trigger this “fatal reading behavior”.

I have no idea what criteria these LG drives use to trigger this “fatal reading behavior” bulldozing, other than it affects *.VOB files from heavily damaged/defective dvds and possibly *.m2ts files from heavily damaged blurays.


With all that being said, I primarily use LG dvdr drives for most of my dvd ripping when I want to watch the disc’s movie (or tv show) on the computer. It gives a good idea which dvd movie/tv discs are going bad with age, and which ones are not.

Though when I check my newly purchased dvd discs for any manufacturing defects, I primarily use LiteOn dvdr drives (or their asus rebadges).