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Appeared on: Tuesday, August 31, 2004
TDK 882N


1. Introduction - Retail Package

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TDK is a well known manufacturer of optical storage media and optical storage drives. Their latest product is the TDK 882N. This drive supports both +R/RW and -R/RW media, along with DVD+R9 media, increasing storage capacity to ~8.4GB per disc.

The TDK 882N uses NEC's "high resolution writing strategy" and NEC's "Active Optimized Power Control" (Active OPC) to further improve writing quality and performance.

- Features

The drive provides 8X +R/RW and 8X -R/RW writing speed, and 2.4X Double Layer writing speed. It also provides 4X writing speed with -RW and +RW discs. It can read at 12X max DVD-ROM discs and 40X max CD-ROM discs. As a CD recorder, it can record at 32X max when CD-R discs are used, and 16X max with CD-RW discs. This drive does not support DVD-RAM media.

- Specifications

Drive
TDK 882N
Media
DVD
CD
Transfer Rate Read 5...12x CAV (max 16200 kb/s) 17...40x CAV (2550-6000 kb/s)
Transfer Rate Write DVD-R 8x Z-CLV (max 11040 kb/s) CD-R 32x ZCLV (max 4800 kb/s)
DVD-RW 4x CLV (5520 kb/s)
DVD+R 8x Z-CLV (max 11040 kb/s) CD-RW 16x CLV (max 2400 kb/s)
DVD+RW 4x CLV (5520 kb/s)
DVD+R9 2.4X CLV (3300 KByte/s)
Access Time 140ms 120ms
DVD-Video Extraction Speed 5X max CAV
Digital Audio Extraction Speed 32X max CAV
Mechanism motorized Tray load mechanism for horizonal and vertical use
Interface IDE / ATAPI
Burst Transfer Rate PIO mode 4 / Ultra DMA 33
Cashe Memory 2MB
Audio headphone jack and volume control at front plus digital-out and line-out at the back (MPC compatible)
Media/Modes supported DVD-ROM, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-Video, CD-ROM, CD-ROM XA, CD-Audio, CD Extra, CD Text, CD-IReady, CD-Bridge, Photo-CD, VideoCD, Hybrid CD
Writing methods CD: DAO(disc at once), SAO(session at once), TAO(track at once) with zero gap, Packet Writing
DVD: DAO (disc at once), Incremental recording, Multi-border for DVD-R/RW, Multi-Session for DVD+R/RW
Compatibility MPC Level 3, MultiRead, PC2001
Weight 1.08kgr
Dimensions 148.2mm x 42mm x 190mm

The drive does not support Mount Rainier and it uses the well known RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. Below are the drive's main specs as given by NeroInfoTool, VSO Inspector and DVDInfoPro:

- The drive

The European retail package includes an installation guide, quick install poster and technical support manual. The installation guide and the manual are also included on a CD disc in Acrobat Reader (.pdf) format. TDK also offers On-Site collect and return service under warranty for all EU countries and Switzerland.

 

 

 

 

The TDK 882N comes with Nero 6, the all-in-one complete suite of CD and DVD authoring tools for data management and disc creation. It includes Nero Express 6, Nero InCD 4, Nero Vision Express 2, Nero Back IT Up, Nero Wave Editor 2, Nero Recode2 and Nero ShowTime.

 

An IDE cable, audio cable and mounting screws are also included.

The drive's front panel is black in color. On the loading tray we can see the TDK logo, the drive's model number, DVD R/RW logo, RW DVD+ReWritable logo and High Speed Compact disc Rewritable logo. We can also see the power led, the emergency eject hole and the eject button.

On the rear panel you can find the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE master/slave/cs select pins, the IDE connector and the power input.

Removing the screws and opening the drive's cover voids the drive's warranty. For reference reasons, we post the following pictures. Click on the photos for an enlarged view.

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You can clearly see that the drive reveals a NEC ND-2510A under the casing. It uses the same chipset as the NEC ND-2500A/2510A, namely the D63630 chipset.

The following picture shows the laser lens holder/calibration system of the TDK 882N which is exactly the same as NEC's ND-2500A/2510A lens. Clicking on the image will open a higher resolution photo.

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- Installation

The device was connected to our test PC and was identified as "TDK DVDRW882N " under WinXP.

We received the drive with firmware version 2.35. During our writing performance tests, TDK released a newer firmware version, 2.36. We flashed the drive with the updated firmware, but we should mention that reading performance was not changed when the new firmware was applied. On the other hand, writing performance was slightly changed, and the results we present are with the updated 2.36 firmware. Differences in firmware versions will be discussed later on in this review.

We will be comparing the drive with the SONY DRU-700A since both drives have similar specifications.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.12
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. KProbe v2.2.3 (Reader: LiteOn LDW-811S firmware vHS0Q, LiteOn SOHD-167T firmware 9S13, LiteOn XJ-HD165H firmware CH11, and LiteOn LTD-163 firmware GH5S, Reading speed 8X CAV)
  6. PlexTools v2.16 (Reader: Plextor PX-712A firmware v1.01, Reading speed 8X CLV for CD-R)
  7. DVDInfoPro v3.13
  8. Nero Burning Rom v6.3.1.20
  9. DVD Decrypter 3.2.3.0
  10. CopyToDVD 3.0.19.33

2. Transfer Rate Reading Tests

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Transfer Rate Reading Tests

- CD Format

The TDK 882N supports up to 40X reading speed. Below are the transfer rate graphs, along with the comparison with the Sony DRU-700A drive:

Speed differences between the two drives are negligible. In general, the TDK was slightly slower than Sony's drive. Only with Ultra Speed CDRW media was the TDK drive faster, but here too, no real differences in speed.

- DVD Format

The Sony DRU-700A was faster with pressed single layer media. The TDK 882N gave speed values which more closely matched the Plextor PX-708A.

The two layers of a PTP DVD-ROM disc are read sequentially with the drive starting reading from the inner part of the disc, which is the beginning of each layer, progressing towards the outer range, for each layer. Sony's drive was again faster than the 882N.

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The graph shown above indicates the reading performance of the TDK 882N with OTP dual layer media. The first layer of an OTP dual layer DVD-ROM is read exactly the same way as the first layer of the PTP disc we tested previously. The difference here is the reading strategy of the second layer on the disc. The beginning of the second layer is located in the outer part of the disc, so the drive starts reading from the outer tracks and progreeses towards the inner part of the disc. The average reading speed was 5.41X with a smallest value of 2.87X and a highest value of 7.21X. Exactly the same performance was reported by the NEC ND-2510A.

As shown above, the Sony DRU-700A continues to be slightly faster than the TDK 882N even with DVD-R/-RW/+R/+RW media.

There is a big ripping speed difference. We know that NEC's official firmware for the ND series includes rip lock. This means that the drive can achieve higher speeds, but the firmware prevents it from ripping higher than an upper limit of 5.2~5.5X. This explains this difference shown above. It seems that TDK's official firmware includes this speed barrier.

-Appendix

Seek Times

Nero CD-DVD Speed Graphs


3. CD Error Correction Tests

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CD Error Correction Tests

In the following tests we check the drive's behavior when reading scratched / defective audio discs. The test discs used were the ABEX series from ALMEDIO.

- ABEX TCD-721R

Errors total
Num: 3081750
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 130518 Avg: -74.0 dB(A) Max: -35.6 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 9341 Avg: 1.0 Samples Max: 40 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 0 Avg: 0.0 Samples Max: 0 Samples
Total Test Result
69.9 points (out of 100.0 maximum)
C2 Accuracy
99.9 %

The performance with this disc is both good and bad. The total error count was very high, but the maximum error loudness level at -35.6dB is quite low and there were no skipped samples. The final score of 69.9 is about average.

- ABEX TCD-726

Errors total
Num: 394070
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 23464 Avg: -77.7 dB(A) Max: -25.1 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 1292 Avg: 7.7 Samples Max: 2946 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 2 Avg: 6.0 Samples Max: 6 Samples
Total Test Result
71.6 points (out of 100.0 maximum)
C2 Accuracy
99.8 %

The Abex TCD-726 test disc is much easier for drives in general to read. However, the TDK 882N performed rather poorly here and the score of 71.6 is very low for this disc.

- CD-Check Audio Test Disc

The CD-Check Test Disc is a very useful tool for evaluating the Sound Reproduction / Error correction capabilities of a CD player. The disc offers a signal combination with disc error patterns to rate the drive's abilities to read music and reproduce it completely. Five tracks on the disc contain a sequence of progressively more difficult tests. These tracks are referred to as Check Level-1 through Check Level-5.

The tracks are reproduced through a software multimedia player (i.e. Windows Media Player). Each level is considered as passed, if the tone is smooth, continuous without interruptions, skipping or looping. The higher the Check Level passed, the more reliable the sound reproduction of the tested drive.

Error Level
1
2
3
4
5
TDK 882N
5/5
5/5
3/5
0/5
0/5

The drive successfully passed only the first two out of the five check levels for this test. Once again the drive had poor performance. On average, most drives will pass up to level 3, a good drive can read the 4th level, while all but the best drives have difficulties reading the 5th level.

- Summary

Generally we can say that the CD error correction of the TDK 882N is sub par, something that hopefully will be fixed with newer firmware updates...


4. DVD Error Correction Tests

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DVD Error Correction Tests

In the following tests we examined the DVD reading capabilities of the TDK 882N drive with scratched / defective DVD media. For the tests we used CDVD Benchmark and Nero CDSpeed . The reference test media comes from ALMEDIO.

- Single Layer media

ABEX TDR-821

This is a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM with a 4.7GB capacity, and its surface has an artificial scratch of dimensions varying from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.

The following transfer rate picture comes from the CDVD Benchmark v1.21 transfer rate test.

The drive can read DVD media up to 12X speed. The scratched area did not affect the reading process. The disc was read accurately, the resulting graph is very clean and no read errors were reported. This performance indicates high error correction capabilities with this type of disc.

ABEX TDR-825

This is also a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM of a 4.7GB capacity. The data structure of the disc is exactly the same as that of the TDR-821, with the difference that there are no scratches on it but defective areas of dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.1 mm.

There are also fingerprints sized between 65 and 75 micrometers.

As before, the TDK 882N had no problems reading the test disc. A continuous line was produced giving no errors during the reading process. The disc was read as if there were no defective areas at all.

- Dual Layer media

ABEX TDR-841

This is an 8.5GB dual layer, single sided DVD-ROM disc with artificial scratches of dimensions ranging from 0.4 to 3.0mm, on both layers

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As seen above, the drive had problems reading this test disc. The red blob indicates that there were read errors during the reading process. However, the test was completed. It should be noted that when the NEC ND-2510A drive was tested, the drive could not even complete the test, giving too many read errors, and the disc was unreadable.

ABEX TDR-845

The disc is a single sided, dual layer DVD-ROM disc of a capacity of 8.5GB. The only difference between the TDR-845 and the TDR-841 is that the first includes defected areas and fingerprints. The dimensions of the defected areas range from 0.5 to 1.1 mm and the fingerprints are sized from 65 to 75 micro meters.

This is better. A relatively clean graph and best of all, no errors.

ABEX TDV-541

The TDV-541 is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc, with a capacity of 8.5GB.The disc is based upon the TDV-540 series which is designed for inspection and adjustment of DVD-VIDEO players. The discs check the layer switch operation from layer 0 to layer 1 and also include test pictures and test signals for DVD sound files.

The current TDV-541 checks also the error correcting capabilities of the drive and includes scratches ranging from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.

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As with the NEC drive, so too the TDK 882N was unable to to read this test disc. According to this reading behavior, the drive can be described as a bad reader. It started to read at 1.91X, lowered the reading speed for an instance, and stopped reading right after the end of the first layer at a speed of 4.25X with a highest speed of 4.49X.

ABEX TDV-545

The TDV-545 disc is based on the TDV-540 series. It is a single sided, dual layer DVD-VIDEO disc with a capacity of 8.5GB.

The TDV-545 includes artificial black dots on the data surface, sized from 0.4 to 1.0 mm. It has also 65 - 75 micrometer fingerprints.

The TDK 882N started to read at 1.91X as before, and reached a highest speed of 4.58X. Because of the rip lock feature which was discussed earlier, the reading speed was not as high as other 8X DVD recorders, but we were happy to see that no read errors were produced.


5. Protected Disc Tests

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Protected Disc Tests

- Reading Tests

To create the image of the various protected titles to the hard disk, we used Alcohol 120% software and the appropriate settings, according to the protection type of the inserted discs. Below you can see the duration of each process as well as the transfer rate in each case.
Game Title
Protection Scheme
Duration
Reading speed
PSX "NBA Jam Extreme"
Lybcrypt
01:06 min
1349 sectors/sec
Serious Sam The Second Encounter v1.07
SafeDisc v.2.60.052
33:18 min
167.8 sectors/sec
VRally II
SecuROM v.2
3:02 min
1868 sectors/sec

The TDK 882N performed great with the PSX disc (Lybcrypt) producing a high reading speed. During SecuROM v2 ripping, the drive was slightly slower than the DRU-700A. With SafeDisc v2 ripping, Sony's drive was a lot faster than TDK's drive. However, all discs were read successfully, regardless of the ripping speed.

- Writing Tests

The TDK 882N supports the DAO-RAW writing mode. For checking the drive's EFM correction status, we used 5 different game titles with different SafeDisc 2 versions having the latest software patches installed. After making the images of the various titles onto the hard disk, we burned them (maximum speed) with the latest version of Alcohol 120%. Two different discs were created for each title; one with the "Bypass EFM error" enabled and one more with the function disabled.

The table below shows the results of the attempted backups and whether they worked (game installed / played normally), or not.

Drive

Fifa 2004
SD v3.1

Sims Superstar SD v2.9
Sims Unleashed SD v2.8
Serious Sam-Second Encounter
SD v2.51.051
Max Payne
SD v2.51.020
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
EFM OFF
EFM ON
Toshiba
SD-M1502
No
No
No
Yes
No
Creative CD5233E
No
No
Yes
No

TDK 882N

Yes
No
Yes
Yes

Like NEC's ND series drives, the TDK 882N doesn't produce working backups with the newest v2.8x, v2.9x and v3.1x builds. Partially working backups were produced for SafeDisc v2.51.051 & v2.51.020.


6. DAE Tests

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DAE Tests

- Pressed and CDR AudioCD results

The TDK 882N supports up to 40X CAV DAE speed. The following results were reported when using Exact Audio Copy.

The TDK 882N was slower than the Sony DRU-700A with both Pressed CD and CDR media. TDK's drive can report C2 errors, but caching is not supported.

Future firmware updates might improve the average DAE speed of the drive. Remember that the NEC ND-2500A and ND-2510A reported similar average DAE speeds.

- Advanced DAE Quality

Good recorders can achieve a perfect quality score of 100, but the TDK 882N achieved a score of 94.4, which is acceptable but not perfect and is even lower than the NEC drive's score. Sony's drive was again faster than the 882N. The drive cannot read Leadin data or Leadout data, but it can read CD Text and Subchannel data. The reported average speed was 24.25X.

- Ripping 90mins AudioCDs

The drive can read/rip flawlessly 90min Audio CDs at an average speed of 23.26X (33.21X max speed). Reading speed was automatically reduced near the end of the reading process, after the 77min mark up to the 89th min, but the drive read the disc without errors. Similar behavior to the ND-2510A.

- Ripping 99mins AudioCDs

The TDK 882N could not even recognize the 99min Audio CD we used for this test. The time length was wrong and the reading process could not start.

It should be noted that 99min Audio CDs were also a problem for the ND-2500A and ND-2510A drives, so this kind of behavior was more or less expected.


7. Protected AudioCDs

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Protected AudioCDs

For the test procedure we used three audio discs with different audio copy protections. The ripping process on all protected Audio discs was carried out with Exact Audio Copy v0.9beta5.

The tested protected Audio discs were:

The Cactus Data Shield 200, contains artificial errors that are not easily bypassed by the reader, while the Key2Audio contains a second session, causing problems for readers when trying to read the Table Of Contents (TOC).

The tested tasks are:

The drive recognized up to the 12th Audio track of the CDS200 disc,

and with the "Retrieve Native TOC" option removed the 13th Data track also recognized.

The test results are shown in the following table:

Key2Audio
CDS200
NEC ND-2510A
Ripping process completed, EAC reports no problems, Read&Test CRC comparison successful for all tracks
Ripping process completed, EAC reports no problems, Read&Test CRC comparison not the same for all tracks

Key2Audio CDs can be ripped 100% accurately with the TDK 882N. EAC did not report any timing problems and Read&Test CRC check comparison was the same for corresponding tracks. The drive could not rip 100% accurately CD200 discs since Read&Test CRC check comparison was not the same for corresponding tracks.

This is a "special" CDS200 build, since it doesn't contain any artificial errors during the ripping process. Most problems occur when trying to write the ripped wav files, since the produced CD-R disc contains C2 and CU errors! This "problem" is rumored to be connected with specific chipset weaknesses.

We ripped the disc contents with EAC and burned the wav file produced from the Cactus Data Shield 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a disc with the latest Nero version as AudioCD+CD-Text. The burned media was checked for C1/C2 errors and for BETA/Jitter errors with PlexTools software using Plextor PX-712SA (firmware v1.04) and LiteOn LDW-811S (firmware vHS0Q).

CDS 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a
TDK 882N
Reading performed without any errors, writing produces only two C2 errors.

The C1/C2 error graph shows that the drive managed to produce a 100% error free disc.

We then tried to extract all wav files with the Plextor PX-712SA and PlexTool DAE Error Correction 5th Level enabled:

No errors were reported after extracting all files. The drive can backup the disc 100% accurately.


8. CD Recording Tests

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CD Recording Tests

- CD-R Format

The drive supports 4X, 8X, 16X (CLV), 20X, 24X and 32X (Zone-CLV) writing speeds.

According to Nero CDSpeed, the drive reached the maximum 32X speed. The test started at 16X and finished at 32.05X having an average speed of 27.36X.

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- CD-R Recording Times

We created an 80min data compilation with Nero Burning Rom and recorded it on a 700MB disc. The NEC drive returned a time of 3:29 minutes, with 32x writing speed selected, which is a very good time (for 32x).

The writing performance varies depending on the inserted media. Below is a chart demonstrating all recording times with various media.

The best performance came with SKC 80min 52X media at 3:28mins. The highest recording time came with Verbatim and Traxdata 80min 52X media at 3:31mins.

- Other features

TDK 882N supports overburning, writing up to 90min and can read/write CD-Text.

Unfortunately, the drive is not capable of overburning up to 99min, giving the following error.

- CD-RW Format

The TDK 882N supports 4X, 8X and 16X rewriting speeds, with Ultra Speed Rewritable Media (US-RW).

Below you can see the Nero CD-DVD Speed writing simulation test with blank 24x US-RW media from Mitsubishi Chemicals.

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We also used Nero Burning Rom in order to burn a data disc with 24x US-RW media from MC. The data compilation we burned had a size of 651 MB and the duration of the recording process was 5:05 minutes.

- CD-RW Mount Rainier

The TDK 882N does not support the Mount Rainier feature.


9. Writing Quality Tests - 3T Jitter Tests

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Writing Quality Tests - 3T Jitter Tests

On this page we present the 3T Pit & Land Jitter graphs when using various media burned at 40X CAV writing speed.

- 3T Pit results

Excellent performance by the TDK 882N at this point. The highest 3T Pit jitter reached was 29nsec, which is far below the Red Book limit (35nsec). Best results were achieved with SKC 52X CD-R media. The 882N looks to be a great quality recorder, just as the ND-2510A was.

- 3T Land results

Again, the average 3T Land results were also low. The maximum 3T Land Jitter reached 32nsec with Maxell 48X media and TY 48X CD-R media produced the best results. Excellent performance from the TDK 882N.

Since CD writing strategies were not changed with the firmware this drive uses, these results were to be expected. According to all the above graphs, the 882N drive produced great results with various media. It should be noted that all discs were recorded at maximum supported speed.


10. Writing Quality Tests - C1 / C2 Error Measurements

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Writing Quality Tests - C1 / C2 Error Measurements

We measured the C1 / C2 error rate on the recorded discs we burned at the various supported writing speeds. The software we used is PleXTools Professional v2.16, and in particular the built-in Q-Check utility. The reader was the Plextor PX-712SA (firmware v1.04).

TraxData 80min 52X @ 32X

TY 80min 48X @ 32X

Maxell 80min 48X @ 32X

Verbatim 80min 52X @ 32X

SKC 80min 52X @ 32X

- Summary

The graphs show that TDK's drive is a good quality recorder. There are some C2 errors reported with certain media. Traxdata media reported the worst performance, an issue that TDK should consider in their next firmware release. It should be noted that all discs were recorded at the maximum speed supported by the recorder.


11. DVD Recording Tests

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DVD Recording Tests

- Writing Performance

The TDK 882N supports DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW writing. The maximum supported speed for DVD±R is 8X Z-CLV and 4X CLV for DVD±RW media. Nero Burning Rom reported speeds are shown below.

Since there is no major differences between the NEC ND-2510A firmware and TDK's firmware, the media support list is not changed. Please check the ND-2510A review for which media is supported at specific speeds.

By using Nero CD-DVD Speed with DVD-R and DVD+R media, we are able to see the 8X Z-CLV recording technology being used by the recorder.

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The drive's writing performance was the same for both formats. The recorder started to write at 4.13X and reached a highest value of 8.28X, with an average speed of 6.79X.

- Burning Tests

We burned 4315MB of data on various DVD±R, DVD±RW media. We used the maximum allowed writing speed for each disc.

The drive completed the fastest successful burn at 8X in 9:18mins with TDK 8X media. It should be noted that Traxdata and CMC Magnetics 8X media was recorded at 4X.
Disc Label
Disc Information
Max Allowed Writing Speed
Total Recording Time (mins)
Traxdata 4X @ 8X
RITEKG05
4X
13:56
CMC 8X @ 4X
CMC MAG.AE1
4X
13:58
TDK 8X
TTG02
8X
9:18
TY 8X
TYG02
8X
9:21
VERBATIM 8X
MCC 02RG20
8X
9:21
Intenso 8X
FUJIFILM03
8X
9:27

With DVD+R media, best recording time came with Waitec 8X media with 9:13mins. It should be noted that Optodisc, BeALL and BenQ 8X media was recorded at 4X.
Disc Label
Disc Information
Max Allowed Writing Speed
Total Recording Time (mins)
Optodisc 8X@4X
OPTODISC OR8
4X
13:50
BeALL 8X@4X
BeALL000 P80
4X
13:49
BenQ 8X @4X
DAXON AZ2
4X
13:53
TDK 8X
RICOHJPN R02
8X
9:18
TY 8X
YUDEN000 T02
8X
9:15
Traxdata 8X
RITEK R03
8X
9:16
Philips 8X
PHILIPS C08
8X
9:15
Waitec 8X
CMC MAG E01
8X
9:13
Intenso 8X
PRODISC R03
8X
9:18
CMC 8X
CMC MAG E01
8X
9:18
VERBATIM 8X
MCC 003
8X
9:16

- DVD Overburning Tests

Using Nero CD-DVD Speed, we tested if the TDK 882N can overburn using DVD+R and DVD-R media. Unfortunately, the drive does not support overburning, giving the following error with all inserted media.

- DVD+MRW Tests

The TDK drive doesn't support the Mount Rainier feature.


12. KProbe/PlexTools Scans - Page 1

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KProbe/PlexTools Scans - Page 1

In the following screenshots you can see the PI/PIF scans for the DVD-R media we burned with the TDK 882N. The software we used for all measurements is KProbe v2.2.3, and the reader is the LiteOn LDW-811S with "HS0Q patched" firmware, being able to read DVD±R/RW media up to 8X CAV. All scans have been performed at 8X with PI/PIF Sum8. Note that LiteOn drives cannot report PO but PIF errors, despite what KProbe reports. In addition, all discs have been scanned with PX-712SA v1.04 using PlexTools v2.16 for comparison levels.

Comparing the KProbe/PlexTools scans we can see major differences in the reported PI/PIF error rates. The main explanation is that we have two different readers, with different pickup/chipset combinations, scanning at different reading speeds (8X CAV for KProbe, 2X CLV for PlexTools). It's interesting to see the disc scanned at low & high speed, since when the error rate increases at a specific disc region, it should appear in both scans...else it would be, perhaps, a reading glitch of the tested reader.

Note: PI/PIF errors only give us a quick look at the error rate of the burned media. Those scans should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality but as an indication level.

- Summary

The PI/PIF scans show that the TDK 882N performed well with the used DVD-R media, except for Traxdata 8X media. It seems that all NEC based drives need to improve their performance with Ritek media. It should be noted that TDK media reported a read error under Plextools.

- Appendix

Disc Label
Disc Information
Max Allowed Writing Speed
Total Recording Time (mins)
Traxdata 4X @ 8X
RITEKG05
4X
13:56
CMC 8X @ 4X
CMC MAG.AE1
4X
13:58
TDK 8X
TTG02
8X
9:18
TY 8X
TYG02
8X
9:21
VERBATIM 8X
MCC 02RG20
8X
9:21
Intenso 8X
FUJIFILM03
8X
9:27

 


13. KProbe/PlexTools Scans - Page 2

TDK 882N Recorder - Page 13

KProbe/PlexTools Scans - Page 2

In the following screenshots you can see the PI/PIF scans for the DVD-R media we burned with the TDK 882N. The software we used for all measurements is KProbe v2.2.3, and the reader is the LiteOn LDW-811S with "HS0Q patched" firmware, being able to read DVD±R/RW media up to 8X CAV. All scans have been performed at 8X with PI/PIF Sum8. Note that LiteOn drives cannot report PO but PIF errors, despite what KProbe reports. In addition, all discs have been scanned with PX-712SA v1.04 using PlexTools v2.16 for comparison levels.

Comparing the KProbe/PlexTools scans we can see major differences in the reported PI/PIF error rates. The main explanation is that we have two different readers, with different pickup/chipset combinations, scanning at different reading speeds (8X CAV for KProbe, 2X CLV for PlexTools). It's interesting to see the disc scanned at low & high speed, since when the error rate increases at a specific disc region, it should appear in both scans...else it would be, perhaps, a reading glitch of the tested reader.

Note: PI/PIF errors only give us a quick look at the error rate of the burned media. Those scans should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality but as an indication level.

- Summary

The TDK 882N reported very good performance with DVD-R media. Low PI/PIF error levels were noticed, with some small exceptions, while offering compatibility with the majority of the media we used.

- Appendix

Disc Label
Disc Information
Max Allowed Writing Speed
Total Recording Time (mins)
Optodisc 8X@4X
OPTODISC OR8
4X
13:50
BeALL 8X@4X
BeALL000 P80
4X
13:49
BenQ 8X @4X
DAXON AZ2
4X
13:53
TDK 8X
RICOHJPN R02
8X
9:18
TY 8X
YUDEN000 T02
8X
9:15
Traxdata 8X
RITEK R03
8X
9:16
Philips 8X
PHILIPS C08
8X
9:15
Waitec 8X
CMC MAG E01
8X
9:13
Intenso 8X
PRODISC R03
8X
9:18
CMC 8X
CMC MAG E01
8X
9:18
VERBATIM 8X
MCC 003
8X
9:16

14. DVD+R DL - Page 1

TDK 882N Recorder - Page 14

DVD+R DL - Page 1

- Writing Tests

We burned some DVD+R DL discs with DVD-Video content. The source disc was "Gladiator Movie - Special Edition" disc1 with a total size of 6.86GB. First we transferred the movie to the hard disc with DVD Decrypter as ISO format (single file). The following picture shows the media code of the Double Layer disc we used.

There is a small bug introduced with all NEC based DL drives. The TDK firmware has the same bug. You can see that the drive identifies the disc as if there is only one layer. However, disc capacity and recording speed are correct.

We then used Nero CDSpeed, and again the disc was recognised as Single Layer media.

However, disc capacity, media type and book type seems to be correct.

We also tried to use a Ritek D01 Double Layer disc, to investigate the compatibility of the drive. Unfortunately, the drive could not even start the burning proccess with this type of disc. The media code and the supported writing speed are shown below. You will notice that only 1X writing speed is supported, making recording impossible.

Afterwards, we used CopyToDVD v3.0.0.16. The friendly wizard prompts us to choose from among the main tasks:

The software prompts us to select Video_TS/ISO image folder. We chose the "GLADIATOR.ISO" image and we selected the TDK 882N burner.

After pressing "OK", the burning procedure started, without any unexpected delays. It should be noted that the Booktype setting could not be changed. The writing process was finished after 37:17 minutes. The average speed was 2.38X as reported by CopyToDVD. The recorded disc was in DVD+R9 format.

For comparison reasons, we post some burning results from other DL writers, which all burned the same content ("Gladiator Movie - Special Edition" disc1), using CopyToDVD software:

Drive
Time (mins)
TDK 882N
37:17
LaCie d2 DL

37:17

LG GSA-4120B

38:08

NEC 2510A
37:17
BenQ DW1600A DL
40:16
BenQ DW830A
39:14
LiteON SOHW-832S DVD+R DL BookType
38:33
LiteON SOHW-832S DVD-ROM BookType
38:36
SONY DRU-700A

38:39

The TDK 882N, LaCie d2 DL and NEC ND-2510A were the fastest drives that support 2.4X DL writing speed.


15. DVD+R DL - Page 2

TDK 882N Recorder - Page 15

DVD+R DL - Page 2

- Writing Quality

In order to test the TDK 882N DVD+R DL writing quality, we did not use our usual readers (LiteOn LDW-811S/Plextor PX-712A) but instead the LiteOn SOHD-167T with firmware 9S13.

Using KProbe v2.2.3, we got a rather good scan, indicating again, good quality performance from the drive with the DL media recorded. Notice that the disc is not read at 3~8 CAV, but at 2.5X~5X CAV (DVD+R DL media).

Using the Plextor PX-712SA and PlexTools, we were able to scan the DVD+R DL media:

The reported PI error rate was far lower than the 280 limit and no PO failures were reported, giving again an image of a very good quality burned disc. The TDK drive continues to produce very good quality burns.

- Compatibility

We were happy to see that the drive sets DVD-ROM booktype by default for DVD+R9 discs.

For our compatibility tests, we used the burned DVD+R DL discs with DVD-Video content ("Gladiator Movie - Special Edition" Disc1) and PowerDVD v5.0. The disc was also checked with several stand-alone DVD players.

We moved from beginning to end and around the layer change to ensure that the movie can be playback without any glitches or skips. The results are shown below:

Device
Firmware
DVD-ROM Booktype
LiteOn SOHW-812S
vUSOJ
Playback is perfect
LiteOn LDW-811S
vHS0Q
Disc size recognized under CDSpeed but not disc contents under Windows
Plextor PX-712A
v1.01
Playback is perfect
Plextor PX-712SA
v1.02
Playback is perfect
NEC 2510A
v2.15
Playback is perfect
NEC 2500A
v1.07
Playback is perfect
LiteOn LTD-163D
vGH5S
Playback is perfect
LiteOn LTD-165H
vCH11
Playback is perfect
Toshiba SD-1502
v1012
Playback is perfect
LG DV8600
-
Playback is perfect
Sony DVP - NS330
-
Playback is perfect
Sony DVP - NS730P
-
Playback is perfect
Sony DVP - PQ2
-
Playback is perfect
Waitec DVD-X4
-
Disc recognized, playback is jerky
Waitec Vision-HR
-
Disc recognized, playback is jerky
Sony DVP - NS730P
-
Playback is perfect

16. BookType Setting / Firmware Version changes

TDK 882N Recorder - Page 16

BookType Setting / Firmware Version changes

We used the latest version of Nero Burning Rom and tried to change the booktype setting of a DVD+R disc.

We also tried the latest DVDInfoPro 3.13 to investigate the booktype setting support. We can see that the software uses the NEC booktype utility, since this is indeed a NEC OEM drive. The drive was set to DVD+R DL booktype.

Then we successfully changed the default booktype setting to DVD-ROM.

We were happy to see that TDK supports booktype setting changes.

For the above tests we mostly used firmware version 2.36. However, since most in-users are interested in knowing firmware changes, we present in the following table the writing strategy changes between 2.35 and 2.36 firmware versions.

TDK 882N Recorder
Firmware Versions
Writing Strategies Versions
2.35:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.28f
DVD-RW version
1.26t
DVD+R version
1.31f
DVD+RW version
1.24
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.13f
2.36:
CD-R version
1.15
CD-RW version
1.14
DVD-R version
1.34f
DVD-RW version
1.27f
DVD+R version
1.34f
DVD+RW version
1.25f
DVD+R9 (DL) version
1.15f

 


17. Conclusion

TDK 882N Recorder - Page 17

Conclusion

After the big success of NEC's ND drive series, TDK uses NEC's OEM products to release this Double Layer recorder. The TDK 882N showed weak performance in the reading tests. The CD/DVD error correction needs improvement, and the drive cannot make SafeDisc 2.60+ backups and cannot recognize 99mins discs.

However, writing quality is the main advantage of this drive. Following on NEC's footsteps, the recorder has excellent writing quality, making it one of the best DVD writers available. The writing performance with Double Layer media from Verbatim was very good although the drive didn't recognize Ritek's DL media, something that future firmware updates are expected to fix.

The drive offers the option to change the Booktype of DVD+R DL media to DVD-ROM, increasing compatibility with DVD players, since it supports Booktype Setting for +R/+RW media.

If you need a good quality writer, but you don't care much about reading performance, you might want to consider the TDK 882N recorder.

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