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Appeared on: Monday, November 01, 2004
Samsung TS-H552


1. Introduction - Retail Package

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SAMSUNG has been a major contributor in Optical Media Solutions since 1995. With such a great background, the company decided to enter the 16X DVD market by releasing its latest model, TS-H552.

The brand new model supports 16X DVD+R, 12X DVD-R, 2.4X DVD+R DL, 4X DVD±RW, 40X CD-R and 32X US-RW.

We were further informed by Samsung that there will soon be a newer drive released, supporting 16X for both the DVD+R and DVD-R formats and 4X for Double Layer media (which will be raised to 5X with a firmware upgrade).

- Specifications

Data Transfer Rate
Media Type
Write
Read

DVD+R

DVD+R Double
16X (21.6MB/sec)

2.4X (3.24MB/sec)
8X (10.8MB/sec)

8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD+RW
4X (5.4MB/sec)
8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD-R
12X (16.2MB/sec)
8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD-RW
4X (5.4MB/sec)
8X (10.8MB/sec)
DVD-ROM
-
16X (21.6MB/sec)
CD-ROM
-
48X (7.2MB/sec)
CD-R
40X (6.0MB/sec)
48X (7.2MB/sec)
CD-RW
32X (4.8MB/sec)
32X (4.8MB/sec)
Burst Transfer Rate
PIO Mode 4 (16.6MB/sec)
Ultra DMA Mode 2 (33.3MB/sec)
Average Seek Time
DVD : 130ms
CD : 110ms
Supported Disc
DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R, DVD-RW, DVD-Video, DVD-ROM, CD-R, CD-RW, CD-ROM, CD-ROM/XA, CD-Audio, Video-CD, Photo CD, CD-I(FMV), CD-Extra, CD-TEXT
Buffer Memory
2MB
Dimensions
(WxHxD mm)
148.2x 42x 184
Weight (kg)
0.76

Below are the drive's main specs as provided by NeroInfoTool and DVDInfoPro:

The drive uses the RPC II region control, allowing a user to change the drive's region at most 5 times. For our tests, we set the region code to 2 (Europe)

- The drive / Retail Package

The retail package includes the internal TS-H552 drive, a setup guide as well as an audio cable, mounting screws and atapi cable. Ther is also a DVD included in the package with Instand CD/DVD 8 from Pinnacle with manual and Acrobat Reader.

 

 

 

The front is the typical panel available on most Samsung drives with the only difference being the array of logos. Notice that there is no DVD+R DL format logo.

On the rear panel you will find the analogue and digital audio outputs (SPDIF), the IDE selection pins, the IDE connector and the power input.

Opening the device's case will void the drive's warranty, something we don't recommend. Press on the image below for an enlarged view.

Click to enlarge

The main chipset is from Mediatek and is the same series with that used on the LiteOn SOHW-1633S.

- Installation

The device was connected in our test PC and was identified as "TSST corp CD/DVDW TS-H552B " under WinXP.

The following pages include test results for the Samsung drive, compared with the Philips DVDRW1640P and Pioneer DVR-108.

We received the drive with firmware revision TS03. However, already available was version TS04 which we subsequently used for our tests.

- Testing software

In order to perform our tests we used:

  1. Nero CD-DVD Speed v3.30
  2. CDVD Benchmark v1.21
  3. ExactAudioCopy v0.9 beta5
  4. Nero Info Tool v2.27
  5. KProbe v2.4.2
  6. PlexTools v2.17
  7. DVDInfoPro v3.16
  8. Nero Burning Rom v6.3.1.25
  9. DVD Decrypter 3.5.1.0
  10. CopyToDVD 3.0.29.48

2. Transfer Rate Reading Tests

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Transfer Rate Reading Tests

In order to confirm the drive's specifications for CD reading we used one CD pressed media, a copy on CD-R and HS-RW media. The results are illustrated in the following graphs.

- CD Format

The drive confirmed fully, the manufacturer's specifications. Due to its supported 48X reading speed, it was the fastest among the drives with Pressed CD and CD-R media, but proved slowest with RW media.

- DVD Format

We repeated the same tests with DVD media this time.

All drives reported almost the same speeds. The differences are negligible.

The following DVD is a PTP DVD-ROM where the two layers of 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. Pioneer was the fastest due to its higher supported speed.

The graph shown below, indicates the reading performance of the TS-H552 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 of 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 towards the inner part of the disc. The performance is similar with the PTP case.

The two following graphs include the reading performance with recordable and rewritable media, where again the Pioneer drive is the fastest due again to its higher supported speed.

We ripped the contents of a pressed Double Layer movie to the hard disk using the Samsung drive. The results are summarized below:

The Samsung drive was the fastest with an average speed of 6.9X while the maximum reading speed reached 8.5X.

-Appendix 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: 1038087
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 53089
Avg: -73.6 dB(A)
Max: -35.0 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 3318
Avg: 1.0 Samples
Max: 11 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 0
Avg: 0.0 Samples
Max: 0 Samples
Total Test Result
76.7 points (out of 100.0 maximum)

The performance with this test disc is rather good. The total error count can be charactirized as average while the maximum error loudness level is at the limit. Notice that no skipped samples were reported. According to our experience, 76.7 points out of 100 is a good score for this test.

- ABEX TCD-726

Errors total
Num: 113204
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 528
Avg: -19.8 dB(A)
Max: -9.1 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 51
Avg: 1348.8 Samples
Max: 3583 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 0
Avg: 0.0 Samples
Max: 0 Samples
Total Test Result
79.6 points (out of 100.0 maximum)

The Abex TCD-726 test disc is much easier for drives in general to read. The extremely high spike at the beginning of the test is somewhat surprising. Normaly, for good behavior which is to be expected from the better drives, the total error count should be zero but in this case it was far higher. The maximum level of -9.1dB(A) is also very high, exceeeding the specifications limit of -35dB(A).

- 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
Samsung TS-H552
5/5
5/5
5/5
5/5
0/5

The drive successfully passed the four out of the five check levels for this test. This is very good performance where the average drive will only read up to the third level and very few drives manage to read the fifth track.

- Summary

The CD error correction capabilities of the drive are very good although performance with the ABEX TCD-726 test disc was unexpected where we expected better results.


4. DVD Error Correction Tests

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DVD Error Correction Tests

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

- Single Layer media

ABEX TDR-821

This is a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM with 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 read the contents of the 821 test disc without reporting any reading errors.

ABEX TDR-825

This is also a single sided, single layer DVD-ROM of 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 instead defective areas of dimensions ranging from 0.5 to 1.1 mm.

There are also fingerprints sized between 65 and 75 micrometers.

Same steady performance, without any errors to report.

- 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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The drive managed to read the defective area on the disc without any problems. There are also very few speed fluctuations (random yellow dots), indicating how effortlessly the drive read this disc.

ABEX TDR-825
ABEX TDR-845

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

The test finished successfully without reporting any errors. The results with all four discs is quite impressive and the drive appears to have no problems bypassing defects.

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 disc checks the layer switch operation from layer 0 to layer 1 and also includes test pictures and test signals for DVD sound files.

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

The graph above indicates the excellent capabilities of the Samsung drive.

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 disc's surface, sized from 0.4 to 1.0 mm. It also has 65 - 75 micrometer thickness, fingerprints.

Black dots and fingerprints on the disc's surface did not create any reading problems, and the drive finished the task successfully.


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
07:17 min
207 sectors/sec
Serious Sam The Second Encounter v1.07
SafeDisc v.2.60.052
04:27 min
1256 sectors/sec
VRally II
SecuROM v.2
04:24 min
1302 sectors/sec

The Samsung drive differs from the other two drives with best performance during ripping of the SafeDisk protected game. In this task, the drive revealed very good performance. However with PSX and SecuROM protected games the performance was average to poor.

- Writing Tests

The drive 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 copying the images of the various titles onto the hard disk, we burned them (maximum speed) with Alcohol 120% v1.9.2.1705. 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
Yes
Creative CD5233E

Samsung TS-H552

The drive's Safedisc2 backup capabilities reached up to v2.8. The drive doesn`t produce working backups with the newest v2.9 and v3.1.


6. DAE Tests

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DAE Tests

- Pressed and CDR AudioCD results

The drive supports up to 48X CAV DAE speed. The following results were reported when using Exact Audio Copy.

The Samsung TS-H552 confirmed the 48X reading speed with AudioCD's for which reason the drive was the fasted among the three.

- Advanced DAE Quality

All tested drives received a perfect quality score of 100. The strange thing here is the reported average speed of the Samsung drive, which is very low. We carried out the test twice to make certain and was speed was the same both times.

- Ripping 90mins AudioCDs

- Ripping 99mins AudioCDs

The drive can read/rip flawlessly 90/99min Audio CDs, with a negligible speed drop near the end of the 99min disc.


7. Protected AudioCDs

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Protected AudioCDs

For this 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 sample protected Audio discs were:

The Cactus Data Shield 200 disc 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 LG drive recognized up to the 12th Audio track of CDS200 disc,

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

The test results are shown in the following table:

Key2Audio
CDS200
Samsung TS-H552
Ripping process completed, EAC reports no problems, Read&Test CRC comparison successful for all tracks
Cannot rip or read contents of the disc

With Key2Audio discs, EAC didn't report any timing problems and at the same time, Read&Test CRC check comparison was the same for corresponding tracks. The drive could not rip at all the CD200 disc.

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 v1.03) and LiteOn LDW-811S (firmware vHS0Q).

CDS 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a
Samsung TS-H552
Reading/Writing performed without any errors

The C1/C2 error graphs show that the drive did not manage to produce a 100% error free disc.

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

No reading errors were reported after extracting all files. The C2 errors as reported from Plextools could be due to the CD writing quality of the drive.


8. CD Recording Tests

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CD Recording Tests

- CD-R Format

The drive supports 8X, 16X, 24X, 32X and 40X writing speeds.

The simulation test under Nero CD Speed, confirmed the manufacturer's specifications and the drive finished the task reporting a maximum speed of 39.56X after 2:46 mins. The test started at 20.85X and had an average speed of 34.19X.

- CD-R Recording Times

We created an 80min data compilation with Nero Burning Rom and recorded it on a 700MB disc. The writing performance varies according to the inserted media. Below is a chart demonstrating all recording times with various media.

The best recording time was achieved with Intenso media at 2:55 mins. Waitec media was burned at 24X.

Samsung was the fasted CD recorder in comparison to the Pioneer and Philips drives. However Pioneer was the slowest due to its 32X supported maximum writing speed. Philips supports 40X as Samsung.

- Other features

The Samsung TS-H552 supports overburning, writing up to 101mins and can read/write CD-Text.

- CD-RW Format

The drive supports both the HS-RW and US-RW formats. With US-RW media, 16X (CLV) and 24X (Z-CLV) writing speeds are available.

Below you can see the Nero CD-DVD Speed writing simulation test with blank 32x US-RW media from Mitsubishi Chemicals.

According to Nero CDSpeed, the drive reached a maximum of 31.83X writing speed. The test started at 20.99X, while the average speed 30.15X. Notice that there not too many DVD recorders supporting 32X rewriting speed.

- CD-RW Mount Rainier

The drive doesn't 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 P-CAV writing speed. According to the Red Book, the jitter levels should be below 35ns.

- 3T Pit results

- 3T Land results

The jitter levels are generally above the 35ns Red Book limit with most media and especially Intenso media which reported extremely high jitter levels. Some media managed to stay close to the limit, such as SKC which seems to present the better overall quality. However, we consider that recording at 40X did not produce the best possible results.


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 was PleXTools Professional, and in particular the built-in Q-Check utility. The reader was the Plextor PX-712A (firmware v1.05).

MMore 80min 52X @ 40X

Intenso 80min 48X @ 40X

Taiyo Yuden 80min 52X @ 40X

TraxData 80min 52X @ 40X

BenQ 80min 52X @ 40X

Waitec 80min 52X @ 40X

SKC 80min 48X @ 40X

- Summary

CD writing quality highly depends on the inserted media. Intenso media reported the most C1 errors while Waitec media reported CU errors, making the disc virtually unreadable.

- Appendix

Media Label
ID Code
Manufacturer Name
Lead Out TIme
MMore 52X
97m22s67f
Moser Baer India
79m59s74f
Maxell 48X
97m15s17f
Ritek Co.
79m59s70f
TY 80min 48X
97m24s 1f
Taiyo Yuden
79m59s72f
TraxData 80min 52X
97m15s17f
Ritek
79m59s70f
BenQ 52X
97m22s67f
Daxon
79m59s74f
Waitec 80min 52X
97m28s26f
Multi Media Masters & Machinery SA
79m59s74f
SKC
97m26s26f
SKC Co., Ltd.
79m59s73f

11. DVD Recording Tests

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DVD Recording Tests

- Writing Performance

The Samsung TS-H552 supports 16X for DVD+R, 12X for DVD-R, 4X for DVD±RW and 2.4X for DVD+R9.

Nero Burning Rom reported speeds are shown below, after inserting a Mitsubishi Chemicals DVD+R 16X certified disc.

We used CD-DVD Speed with DVD-R and DVD+R media, in order to check the writing strategy for each media. Click on the screenshots below for a complete CDSpeed graph.

We tried many different brands of DVD-R media, certified for 8X which can be burned up to 12X or even 16X with other recorders but none of them allowed 12X writing with the Samsung burner.

- Burning Tests

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

Best performance came with Mitsubishi Chemicals media at 16X, which was the only one that allowed 16X writing. CMC Magnetics and Traxdata 16X media allowed up to 12X while Philips 16X only 4X. The writing times were slighty increased for all speeds. In the case of BeAll media, the time of 12:41 minutes indicates that the drive slowed down while recording in order to prevent us from creating a coaster.

Unfortunately, as we stated above, we didn't manage to test the drive at 12X for the DVD-R format. According to the supported media list for this format, Mitsubishi Chemicals media with ID code MCC 02RG20 should be burned at 12X, but this was not confirmed and Nero reported 8X. DVD-R media certified for 16X are not currently available, not even for us :-)

- Comparison with other drives

Below are summarized the maximum speeds for each media format for each of our three drives.

- DVD Overburning Tests

Using Nero CD-DVD Speed, we tested to see if the drive is capable of overburning on DVD+R and DVD-R media. Unfortunately, this feature is not included in the drive's advanced specs.

- DVD+MRW Tests

The drive doesn't support the Mount Rainier feature.


12. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1

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CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 1

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

16X DVD+R Writing Speed

- Summary

Very good recording performance from the drive at 16X. All quality scans reported PI values far below the 280 limit. We would like a larger supported media list for 16X.


13. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2

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CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 2

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

12X DVD+R Writing Speed

- Summary

Once again the recording quality is good for the Samsung, in this case at 12X. The PI levels are below the limit. Although in the case of CMC Magnetics media there was a POF error, CDSpeed did not confirm this and the reading finished successfully.


14. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3

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CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 3

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

8X, 4X DVD+R Writing Speed

- Summary

The writing quality was very good in most cases, while in few it was simply good. The PIE levels were rather low with all media.


15. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4

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CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 4

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

8X, 4X DVD-R Writing Speed

- Summary

Although the PIE levels were once again low, the reading graphs by CDSpeed reported a different picture regarding the writing quality of the Samsung drive.


16. CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5

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CDSpeed/PlexTools Scans - Page 5

In order to test the writing quality and readability of the burned media, we used two readers with two software applications:

In general, a "perfect" disc should have a smooth reading curve, very low PIE/POE and zero (0) POF error rates. Most times however, even though a disc has very low PIE/POE error rates, the reading curve may not be smooth containing dropoffs. Due to the fact that we oversped the reading capabilities of the LiteON SOHD-167T, such drops are expected, especially near the outer area of the disc.

The measurements below should be taken not as the absolute criteria of the burning quality, but as an indication level.

DVD+RW and DVD-RW media format

- Summary

The recording quality with most RW media was very good.


17. DVD+R DL - Page 1

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DVD+R DL - Page 1

- Writing Tests

The Samsung TS-H552 model supports Double Layer media recording with writing speeds up to 2.4X. We burned a Verbatim DVD+R DL and a Traxdata DVD+R DL disc 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 in ISO format (single file). We used the latest version of CopyToDVD software to burn the image file to the Traxdata Double Layer media. We chose the "GLADIATOR.ISO" image and we selected the Samsung burner to start burning.

The recorder needed sometime to initialize the inserted media and the recording process started after some seconds. Total burning time reported by CopyToDVD was 37:19mins with 2.36X average writing speed.

We then repeated the same procedure with Verbatim Double Layer media. CopyToDVD reported 37:19mins total burning time with 2.36X average writing speed.

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

Drive
Time (mins)
NEC 2510A (2.4X)
37:17
BenQ DW1600A DL (2.4X)
40:16
BenQ DW830A (2.4X)
39:14
LiteON SOHW-832S DVD+R DL BookType
38:33
LiteON SOHW-832S DVD-ROM BookType
38:36
SONY DRU-700A (2.4X)

38:39

LG GSA-4120B (2.4X)
38:12
ASUS DRW-1604P (4X)
23:10
ASUS DRW-1604P (2.4X)
38:08
Pioneer DVR-108A (4X)
23:10
Pioneer DVR-108A (2.4X)

38:23

NEC ND-3500A (4X)
22:52
TDK 1616N (4X)
22:51
Samsung TS-H552 (2.4X)
37:19
BenQ DW1620A (2.4X)
40:03

You can see, that although the Samsung TS-H552 model is not the fastest DL recorder, due to the existance of other writers supporting 4X DL, its burning time was one of the fastest at 2.4X.


18. DVD+R DL - Page 2

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DVD+R DL - Page 2

- Writing Quality

In order to test the Samsung TS-H552 DVD+R DL writing quality, we used the LiteOn SOHD-167T and the Plextor PX-712A drives.

- Summary

Both media reported good writing quality and were playable under CDSpeed. Verbatim had either the lower PIF or POF levels.

- Compatibility

Unfortunately the drive doesn't support the booktype setting and for this reason, both burned media were not playable in our standalone players from Pioneer, Philips and NeuNeo.


19. BookType Setting

Samsung TS-H552 DL Recorder - Page 19

BookType Setting

We used several software applications to investigate the booktype setting support for this recorder. Unfortunately, the Samsung TS-H552 does not officially support booktype changes. We hope to see bitsetting support with a newer firmware release. As you can see in the table below, none of the +R formats is set to DVD-ROM by default.

Media
Booktype
DVD+R DL
DVD+R DL
DVD+R
DVD+R
DVD+RW
DVD+RW

 

 


20. Media Supported List

Samsung TS-H552 DL Recorder - Page 20

Media Supported List for TS04

- DVD+R media

NO Maker MID MT ID MID MT ID Speed
1 Beall BeAll000 P80 0 42 65 41 6C 6C 30 30 30 5A 38 30 8
2 BeAll BeAll000 P40 0 42 65 41 6C 6C 30 30 30 5A 34 30 4
3 BeAll BEALL P0 001 0 42 45 41 4C 4C 20 50 30 30 30 31 2.4
4 CMC CMC MAG R01 43 4D 43 20 4D 41 47 00 52 30 31 2.4
5 CMC CMC MAG F01 43 4D 43 20 4D 41 47 00 46 30 31 4
6 C MC CMC MAG E 01     8
7 DAXON DAXON AZ 2     8
8 DAXON DAXON AZ1     4
9 E -TOP E MDP 0 00     8
10 G IGA GSC50 3 H 01     8
11 I NFODISC INFODISC R 20     8
12 I NFODISC INFODISC R10 49 4E 46 4F 44 49 53 43 52 31 30 4
13 LEADDATA L DS03       8
14 LEADDATA L DA02       4
15 MAXELL MAXELL 0 02     8
16 MAXELL MAXELL 001 4D 41 58 45 4C 4C 00 00 30 30 31 8
17 MBI MBIPG1 01 R 04     8
18 MBI MBIPG101 R03 4D 42 49 50 47 31 30 31 52 30 33 4
19 M KM MCC 0 03     12
20 M KM MCC 002 4D 43 43 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 32 4
21 M KM MCC 001 4D 43 43 00 00 00 00 00 30 30 31 2.4
22 MPO MPOMEDIA 0 80     8
23 MPO MPOMEDIA 040 4D 50 4F 4D 45 44 49 41 30 34 30 4
24 NANYA NANYA RJB 4E 41 4E 59 41 00 00 00 52 4A 42 4
25 NANYA NANYA D R     4
26 NANYA NANYA C LX     8
27 NANYA NANYA C HX     8
28 OPTODISC OPTODISC OR8 4F 50 54 4F 44 49 53 43 4F 52 38 8
29 OPTODISC OPTODISC OR 4     4
30 PHILIPS Philips 081 50 68 69 6C 69 70 73 00 30 38 31 8
31 Prodisc PRODISC R01 50 52 4F 44 49 53 43 00 52 30 31 2.4
32 Prodisc PRODISC R 02     4
33 Prodisc PRODISC R 03     8
34 RICOH RICOHJPN R02 52 49 43 4F 48 4A 50 4E 52 30 32 8
35 RICOH RICOHJPN R01 52 49 43 4F 48 4A 50 4E 52 30 31 8
36 RICOH RICOHJPN R00 52 49 43 4F 48 4A 50 4E 52 30 30 2.4
37 RITEK RITEK R03 52 49 54 45 4B 00 00 00 52 30 33 8
38 RITEK RITEK R02 52 49 54 45 4B 00 00 00 52 30 32 4
39 RITEK RITEK R01 52 49 54 45 4B 00 00 00 52 30 31 2.4
40 RITEK RITEK M02 52 49 54 45 4B 00 00 00 4D 30 32 4
41 SONY SONY D 11     8
42 TY YUDEN000 T0 2     8
43 TY YUDEN000 T01 59 55 44 45 4E 30 30 30 54 30 31 4
44 PHILIPS Philips C 08     8
45 C MC C MC MAG M 01     12
46 P LASMON P lasmon1 C 01     8
47 U LTRAN U LTRAN 202       8
48 I nfomedia I NFOME R 20     8
49 S KY S KYMEDIA R 03     8
50 DAXON DAXON A Z0     2.4
51 NANYA NANYA D R     2.4
52 VDSPMSAB VDSPMSAB 0 01     8
53 VDSPMSAB VDSPMSAB 0 01     4
54 GIGA G SC502 0 02     4
55 O PTODISC O PTODISC O P1     2.4
56 ? M EDIA ID 0 01     4
57 U MEDISC A ML 0 01     4
58 L ONGTEN L ONGTEN 0 02     4
59 M BI M BIPG101 R 04     12
60 M KM M CC 0 04     16
61 UMEDISC A ML 0 02     8
62 - P ITSEXP 0 02     4
63 MAXELL MAXELL 0 03     16
64 T DK T DK 0 03     16
65 PHILIPS Philips C 16     8
66 R ICOH RICOHJPN R 03     16
67 P RODISC PRODISC R 04     4
68 W ealth Fair W FKA11 2 11     8
69 Beall BEALL P0 0 01     2.4
70 OPTODISC OPTODISC O P2     2.4
71 T DK T DK 0 02     8
72 T DK T DK 0 01     4
73 S KC S KC 9 80     8
74 UMEDISC U ME 0 02     8
75 M AME M AM^4XG01 0 01     4
76 SONY SONY D 01     4
77 P OSTECH P OS R 01     8
78 MAME M AM M 02     8
79 I NFODISC INFODISC R 4 0     8
80 SONY SONY D 21     12
81 I nfomedia I NFOME R 30     12
82 DAXON DAXON A Z3     16
83 OPTODISC OPTODISC F 16     8
84 NANYA NANYA A LX     4

- DVD-R media

NO M aker MID MID (HEX) Speed
1 4M SA 4M SYS 202C1   4
2 AN AN3 2   4
3 AN AN31   4
4 BEALL BeAllG 8 0001   8
5 BEALL B eAllG40001 47 65 41 6C 6C 20 47 34 30 30 30 31 4
6 BEALL BeAllG00001   2
7 CMC CMC00RG200   2
8 CMC CMC MAG 43 4D 43 20 4D 41 47 2E 00 00 00 00 2
9 DAXON DAXON004 44 41 58 4F 4E 30 30 34 00 00 00 00 4
10 E-TOP E MD02   8
11 E -TOP E MD01   4
12 F UJIFILM F UJIFILM03   8
13 F UJIFILM F UJIFILM02   4
14 GIGA GSC00 3   8
15 GIGA GSC00 2   4
16 GIGA GSC001 47 53 43 30 30 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 2
17 INFODISC INFODK-R01 49 4E 46 4F 44 20 4B 2D 52 30 31 00 2
18 INFODISC INFODISC-R01 49 4E 46 4F 44 49 53 43 2D 52 30 31 4
19 KINGPRO D KMZ01   8
20 KINGPRO DKM _ 01 44 4B 4D 5F 30 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 4
21 LEADDATA Lead Data 01   4
22 LGE LGE04 4C 47 45 30 34 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 4
23 LONGTEN LONGTEN 001   4
24 M AME(France) MAM4XG01 4D 41 4D 34 58 47 30 31 00 00 00 00 4
25 MAXELL MXL RG03   8
26 MAXELL MXL RG02 4D 58 4C 20 52 47 30 32 00 00 00 00 4
27 MAXELL MXL RG01 4D 58 4C 20 52 47 30 31 00 00 00 00 2
28 MBI MBI01RG20 4D 42 49 20 30 31 52 47 32 30 20 20 4
29 MBI MBI 4D 42 49 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 2
30 M EI M EI 00V001   2
31 M KM MCC 02RG20   12
32 MKM MCC 01RG20 4D 43 43 20 30 31 52 47 32 30 20 20 4
33 M KM M CC 00RG200   2
34 NANYA NANYA-JC001 4E 41 4E 59 41 2D 4A 43 30 30 31 20 4
35 NANYA NANYA A01   8
36 OPTODISC OPTODISC R004 4F 50 54 4F 44 49 53 43 00 00 00 00 4
37 OPTODISC OPTODISCK001 4F 50 54 4F 44 49 53 43 4B 30 30 31 4
38 OPTODISC OPTODISCK001 4F 50 54 4F 44 49 53 43 4B 30 30 31 2
39 PIONEER PVCR001002 50 56 43 52 30 30 31 30 30 32 20 20 4
40 PRINCO PRINCO   4
41 PRINCO PRINCO 50 52 49 4E 43 4F 00 01 00 00 00 00 2
42 PRODISC ProdiscS04 50 72 6F 64 69 73 63 53 30 34 20 20 8
43 PRODISC ProdiscS03 50 72 6F 64 69 73 63 53 30 33 20 20 4
44 PRODISC PRODISCG02 50 52 4F 44 49 53 43 47 30 32 00 00 2
45 RITEK RITEKG05   8
46 RITEK RITEKG04 52 49 54 45 4B 47 30 34 00 00 00 00 4
47 RITEK RITEKG03 52 49 54 45 4B 47 30 33 00 00 00 00 2
48 SKC SKC CO., Ltd. 53 4B 43 20 43 6F 2E 2C 4C 74 34 2E 4
49 SONY S ONY08D1   8
50 SONY SONY04D1 53 4F 4E 59 30 34 44 31 00 00 00 00 4
51 SONY SONY 53 4F 4E 59 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 2
52 TAROKO TAROKO-X2 54 41 52 4F 4B 4F 2D 58 32 00 00 00 2
53 TDK TTG01   4
54 TDK TDKG02000000   2
55 TY TYG02 54 59 47 30 32 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 8
56 TY TYG01 54 59 47 30 31 00 00 00 00 00 00 00 4
57 Ul-Tran ONIDTECH 4F 4E 49 44 54 45 43 48 00 00 00 00 4
58 U TJ U TJG01001   2
59 FORNET FORNET X101   4
60 INFODISC INFODISC-R20   8
61 PRODISC ProdiscF01   8
62 OPTODISC OPTODISCR008   8
63 GIGA GSC001   4
64 GIGA GSC004   8
65 CMC CMC MAG AF1   4
66 CMC CMC MAG AE1   8
67 DST DvsnA001 44 76 73 6E 2D 38 00 04 30 00 00 00 4
68 MBI MBI03RG30   8
69 TDK TTH01   8
70 RITEK RITEKG04 01   4
71 LGE LGE08   8
72 TDK TTG02   8
73 POSTECH POSG04   4
74 UMEDISC AML   4
75 VDSPM VDSPMSAB001   4
76 INFOSMART INFOSMART01   4
77 PIONEER PVC001001   2
78 DST DVSN   4
79 KIC KIC01RG20   2
80 CMC CMC00RG300   2
81 TY TAIYOYUDEN   2
82 LGE LGE   2
83 UMEDISC UME01   8
84 MBI MBI03RG30   12
85 INFODISC INFODISC-R40   12
86 OCTOPLUS OCTOPLUS   2
87 MKM MCC 03RG20   12
88 SONY SONY16D1   12
89 DAXON DAXON008S   12
90 PRINCO PRINCO^8X02   8
91 DAXON DAXON008   8
92 RITEK RITEKM02   4
93 LEADDATA LEAD DATA S03   8
94 DVSN DVSN-80   8
95 SKC SKC M801   8
96 PLASMON PLASMON1A   4
97 POSTECH POSG06   8
98 RITEK RITEKG0 6   8
99 YI JHAN YI JHAN 001   4
100 MAME MAM4XG02   8
101 TDK TTH02   12
102 F UJIFILM F UJIFILM04   12

- DVD+RW media

NO M aker MID MT ID MID MT ID Speed
1 CMC CMC MAG W02 43 4D 43 20 4D 41 47 00 57 30 32 4
2 CMC CMC MAG W 01 43 4D 43 20 4D 41 47 00 57 30 31 2.4
3 DAXON DAXON000 D42     4
4 INFODISC INFODISC A01 49 4E 46 4F 44 49 53 43 41 30 31 2.4
5 INFODISC INFODISC A10 49 4E 46 4F 44 49 53 43 41 31 30 4
6 MBI MBIPG101 W03 4D 42 49 50 47 31 30 31 57 30 33 2.4
7 MKM MCC A 11 4D 43 43 00 00 00 00 00 41 31 31 4
8 NANYA NANYA DRW 4E 41 4E 59 41 00 00 00 44 52 57 4
9 OPTODISC OPTODISC O P4     4
10 PHILIPS PHILIPS 041 51 48 49 4C 49 50 53 00 31 34 31 4
11 PRODISC PRODISC W02     4
12 Ricoh RicohJPN W 11 52 49 43 4F 48 4A 50 4E 57 31 31 4
13 Ricoh RicohJPN W 01 52 49 43 4F 48 4A 50 4E 57 30 31 2.4
14 SENTINEL SENTINEL W02 53 45 4E 54 49 4E 45 4C 57 30 32 4
15 SONY SONY S11 53 4F 4E 59 00 00 00 00 53 31 31 4
16 RITEK RITEK 004 00     4
17 RITEK RITEK 004 30     4
18 MKM MKM A02     4
19 PRODISC PRODISC W01     2.4
20 OPTODISC OPTODISC OP1 4F 50 54 4F 44 49 53 43 4F 50 31 2.4

- DVD-RW media

NO M aker MID MID(HEX) Speed
1 JVC JVC_VictorW7   2
2 JVC JVC/VictorT7   2
3 MKM MCC 01RW11n9   2
4 MKM MCC 00RW11N9   2
5 MKM MCC 01RW4X   4
6 OPTODISC OPTODISC W004   4
7 OPTODISC OPTODISC W002   2
8 OPTODISC OPTODISCK001 4F 50 54 4F 44 49 53 43 4B 30 30 31 2
9 OPTODISC OPTODISCK001   2
10 PIONEER PVCW00V00245   2
11 PRINCO PRINCO 2X01   2
12 PRODISC Prodisc DW04 50 72 6F 64 69 73 63 20 44 57 30 34 2
13 RITEK RITEKW01 52 49 54 45 4B 57 30 31 00 00 00 00 2
14 RITEK RITEK000V11A   2
15 SONY SONY00000U9   2
16 TDK TDK502sakuM3   2
17 TDK TDK601SAKU   4
18 DAXON DAXON_2XRW01   2
19 CMC CMC W02   2
20 CMC CMC W03   4
21 JVC JVC0VictorD7   4
22 PRODISC Prodisc DW06   4
23 RITEK RITEK W04   4

21. Conclusion

Samsung TS-H552 DL Recorder - Page 21

Conclusion

Samsung has a great reputation in optical storage and we were curious to see how this model would perform. Starting with the reading tests, all we have is praise for the drive, especially in the area of error correction. Not only did the drive manage to read our defective test discs but it did so with relative ease producing smooth graphs. If only the TS-H552 could read DVD-RAM, we could speak of a near perfect reader. As for ripping speeds with DVD Double Layer pressed media, it was fast, much faster than the average reader.

The few complaints we have to make have to do with DAE performance where one of our CDS200 protected AudioCD's was not recognized by the drive and failed to read the contents, let alone rip the disc. However, a newer version of this protection scheme was not a problem for the Samsung drive as well as Key2Audio protection.

Working backups for protected game titles is also not a strong feature of this drive. However, lately there have not been too many DVD burners that can handle SafeDisc protection v2.8 as also the Samsung didn't. The ripping speed for the three game protection schemes we tried vary according to the type of protection. The performance with SafeDisc was excellent while with SecuROM merely good. PSX was rather poor.

A strong advantage with this drive is its writing quality, although we believe that good writing quality is something we expect from all burners. Nevertheless the drive performed from good to excellent with most media we tried, for both the minus and plus formats. The quality scans revealed low error levels. A wider supported media list for 16X for both formats, would be welcomed as would also be the ability to overspeed with DVD media.

The most important shortcoming of this drive is that of not supporting the booktype setting. As a result, produced DVD+R DL media failed to be recognized with our standalone players. Hopefully this can be fixed with a firmware upgrade, which we believe Samsung should release soon. To be honest, when we saw the drive was Mediatek based, we not only expected the bitsetting feature to be supported but also that of region free plus the ability to provide writng quality measurements for media.

The price for the drive at the time of this review going to air was at around US$79 for the retail package and $65 for the OEM/Bulk version.

 

- The Good

- The Bad

- Like To be fixed

Retail Package
Reading
Error Correction
Protected Discs
Writing
Features

 

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