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Appeared on: Wednesday, March 17, 2004
TDK 880N


1. Retail Package - Installation

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TDK`s latest DVD rewriter has been already released on the market, promising to fully cover the mid-user's DVD burning needs. The DVDRW880N is the European version of the TD Indi880 and supports both DVD+R & DVD-R recording.

Features

TDK features DVD+R/+RW, DVD-R/-RW and CD-R/RW recording capabilities, providing 8x multiformat recording speed for both DVD+R and DVD-R media. Buffer underrun protection is also supported, but it doesn`t support DVD-RAM media.

Specifications
Host/Interface:

ATAPI (E-IDE), PIO Mode 4, MW DMA, Ultra DMA/Ultra DMA33

Usable CD Formats CD-DA, CD-ROM (Mode 1 &2), CD-ROM XA (Mode 2, Form 1, Form 2), Photo CD, Video CD / Super Video CD, CD-Extra (CD-Plus), CD-I (FMV), CD-Text, CD-R, CD-RW.
Usable DVD Formats DVD-Video (Single/Dual layer), DVD-ROM (Single/Dual layer), DVD+R, DVD+RW, DVD-R for General V.2.0, DVD-RW (Ver 1.0 &1.1)
Writing CD mode:

CD-R & CD-RW: Disc-at-Once, Track-at-Once, Session-at-Once, Packet Writing

Writing DVD mode: DVD+R/-R & DVD+RW/-RW: Disc-at-Once, Incremental recording, Multi-Border for DVD-R/RW
DVD, CD Read Performance

DVD-ROM: 5x-12x CAV(SL) 3x-7x CAV(DL)

DVD+R/-R/DVD=RW/-RW: 3.3x-8x CAV: 4.5-11 MB/s

DVD Video: 2-5x CAV

CD-ROM /CD-R: 17x-40x CAV: 2550-6000 kB/s

CD-RW/ CD-DA: 13x-32x CAV: 1950-4800 kB/s

CD Audio Play: 4x-10x CAV

DVD, CD Write Performance

DVD-R/+R: 8x, 6x (ZCLV), 4x, 2.4x (CLV)

DVD+RW: 4x, 2.4x (CLV)

DVD-RW: 4x, 2x (CLV)

CD-R: 32x, 24x (ZCLV), 16x, 8x, 4x (CLV)

CD-RW: 16x, 10x, 4x (CLV)

Access time: DVD 140ms, CD 120ms
Buffer memory: 2 MB with Buffer Underrun Protection
Audio output: Analogue output (Molex connector)
Weight: 1.08 kg
Dimensions: 148.2 (W) x 42 (H) x 190 (D) mm

The drive uses a 2MB buffer memory store and supports RAW DAO 96 writing (CD). The drive does not support Mount Rainier.

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

The european retail package includes a technical support manual, a quick install poster, mounting screws, an eject pin and a TDK DVD+R 4,7GB disc. The package also includes one CD with Ahead's Nero 6 SE and software manual(pdf ).

The drive's front panel's color is black. On the tray from left to right we can see the following: TDK`s logo, the drive`s code number, DVD R/RW logo, RW DVD+ReWritable logo and High Speed Compact disc Rewritable logo. Below from left to right 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 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.

The chipset of the drive is manufactured by Nec, and it is the same with this one in Nec ND-2500A recorder.

The main chipset is manufactured by Mediatek and it is the same with most 8x recorders coming from Teac, LiteOn etc.

- Installation

The device was connected to our test PC and was identified as "TDK DVDRW880N" under WinXP. All tests were done with firmware revision 1.31

The following pages include test`s results from TDK DVDRW880N drive, compared with NEC ND-2500A and PIONEER DVR-107D, since both have virtually the same specifications with the testing one.


2. Data CD Reading Tests

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Data CD Reading Tests

- Pressed CD results (Click for CDSpeed results)

In the graph above, we can figure out that the drive was the slightly the slowest among the other two, even though it managed to confirm the manufacturer's specifications.

The reported seek times for TDK drive were quite good for all modes.
- CD-R results (Click for CDSpeed results)

We made a copy of the previous, pressed CD in order to test the drive's behavior with a CD-R media. As in the previous test the TDK drive gave similar results with the other drives.

The comparison outcome with pressed CD is similar with the pressed cd seek time comparison.

- ReWritable Media (Click for CDSpeed results)

For the reading test we used 24x High Speed rewritable media from Mitsubishi Chemicals.

Quite the same results with the other two drives. No bodacious difference.


3. CD Error Correction Tests

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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: 3143574
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 139529 Avg: -74.3 dB(A) Max: -18.7 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 9506 Avg: 1.0 Samples Max: 28 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 12 Avg: 6.0 Samples Max: 0 Samples
Total Test Result
66.1 points (out of 100.0 maximum)

The performance with this disc was not very good. The total error count was high, and the maximum level of the loudness errors reported will probably mean audible "clicks" in playback. The total score could be better. In addition, many samples were muted.

- ABEX TCD-726

Errors total
Num: 108
Errors (Loudness) dB(A)
Num: 4 Avg: -96.1 dB(A) Max: -89.2 dB(A)
Error Muting Samples
Num: 2 Avg: 40.0 Samples Max: 40 Samples
Skips Samples
Num: 0 Avg: 0.0 Samples Max: 0 Samples
Total Test Result
89.7 points (out of 100.0 maximum)

The Abex TCD-726 test disc is much easier for drives in general to read. That's why TDK performed better than with the previous CD. The total error count was not high, while there no skips and only two mutes. The total score of 89.7 out of 100 is good.

- 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 being 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 880N
5/5
5/5
0/5
0/5
0/5

The drive once again performed very poorly. It managed to playback only the first two levels out of five. We expected to play successfully at least the first four levels.

- Summary

Test Disc
Reading Speed
Score
ABEX TCD-721R
Max
66.1
ABEX TCD-726
89.7
Average Score
77.9

The total score of the drive is not too low. However the CD error correction of the TDK 880N is not something to be proud of.


4. DVD reading tests

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DVD reading tests

- Single Layer DVD-ROM (Click for CDSpeed results)

TDK's reading speed is really close to the other two drives, but it's the slowest though.

TDK's seek times are quite good.

- Dual Layer PTP DVD-ROM (Click for CDSpeed results)

The two layers of a PTP DVD-ROM disc are read sequentially with the drive starting the read process from the inner tracks on the disc, which is the beginning of each layer, and progressing outwards towards to the outer tracks for each layer.

DVD`s dual layer speed result didn't reach a high level.

The seek times were increased for TDK drive.

- Dual Layer OTP DVD-ROM

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 disc's second layer. The beginning of the second layer is located in the outer part of the disc, so the drive starts reading from the outer tracks inwards towards the inner tracks of the disc.

As it can been seen in the following screenshot the OTP dual layer DVD test disc had the same speed as the PTP one. The seek times are about in the same levels.

- DVD Ripping Tests

We measured the DVD-Video ripping speed of the TDK 880N using the latest version of DVD Decrypter. The DVD Video title is the "Matrix" pressed DVD-Video.

TDK drive was the fastest while Nec was the slowest. However, the reported 6457 kb/s is a good transfer rate.

- DVD Recordable / Rewritable reading Tests

The chart below shows the Nero CDSpeed average reading speed results with the following media:

TDK has a normal level for RW reading.


5. DVD Error Correction Tests

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DVD Error Correction Tests

In the following tests we examined the DVD reading capabilities of TDK drive with scratched / defective DVD media. For the tests we used CDVD Benchmark and Nero CDSpeed. The testing media referred, come 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 read the contents of the 821 test disc, without reporting any reading error. There were some speed deviations while reading the defective areas on the disc's surface.

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 of the TDR-821, with the difference that there are no scratches on the surface but defective areas ranging in dimensions from 0.5 to 1.1 mm. There are also fingerprints with height between 65 and 75 micrometers.

The drive managed to read the defective area on the disc without any noteworthy problems.

- 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.

Once again the disc was read without reading errors but some speed falls showed up, for both layers.

ABEX TDR-845

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

The test finished successfully without reporting any error.

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 on 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 testing pictures and signals for DVD sound files. The current TDV-541 also checks the error correcting capabilities of the drive and includes scratches sized from 0.4 to 3.0 mm.

Although the drive performed well in the corresponding test with the single layer disc, it had same problems in order to read the defected scratched dual layer one. Both the beginning of the 2nd layer and the ending of the first one were not read correctly, as well as the areas from both sides of the switch layer point. However this behavior didn't confirmed in PowerDVD playback.

ABEX TDV-545

The TDV-545 disc is based on the TDV-540 series. It is a single sided, dual layer Video/S-2 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 high fingerprints.

This time no errors or speed drops were reported. This disc was not a problem for TDK drive.


6. Protected Disc Tests

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Protected Disc Tests
- Reading Tests

To create an image of the various protected titles onto a hard disk, we used CloneCD v.4.3.2.2 software and the appropriate settings, depending on the protection type of the inserted discs. Below the capabilities of the Nec drive are summarized, according to CloneCD software. As you can see the drive supports writing of CD+G under RAW DAO:

The game titles we used for each protection scheme are given in the table below:

Game Title
Protection Scheme
PSX "NBA Jam Extreme"
Lybcrypt
Serious Sam The Second Encounter v1.07
SafeDisc v.2.60.052
VRally II
SecuROM v.2
PSX Pressed Media

SafeDisc v.2

SecuROM v.2

TDK managed to rip the contents of all test discs successfully and gave fast ripping values for SecuROM v.2

- Writing Tests

The TDK supports the DAO-RAW writing mode. For checking the drive's EFM correction status, we used 3 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 CloneCD. Two different discs were created for each title; one with the "Amplify Weak Sectors" 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
Game Title
SD2 Build
Settings
Amplify Weak Sectors On
Amplify Weak Sectors Off
TDK 880N
Max Payne
v2.51.020
Yes*
Yes*
Serious Sam - The Second Encounter v1.07
v.2.60.052
No
No
The Sims Unleashed
v.2.8
No
No
The Sims Superstar
v2.9
No
No
Fifa 2004
v3.1
No
No

* playable only with TDK 880N.


7. DAE Tests

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DAE Tests

- Pressed and CDR AudioCD results

The TDK uses 32x CAV reading strategy for CD-DA. Below you can see the results from the CDSpeed transfer rate test with a pressed audio CD:

According to Nero CDSpeed, the average reading speed was 25.67x, while at the end of the reading procedure reached the 34.36x speed. The seek times were good.

We ripped the contents of the same audio disc to our hard disk, using the CDDAE software. The average ripping speed (burst mode) of 24.3x, was acceptable.

The same pressed audio disc was copied onto a CD-R and was read again with CDspeed.

Again, TDK returned just about the same results.

- Advanced DAE Quality

In the Nero CD Speed Advanced DAE test, the TDK drive returned an average speed of 24.23x, which is good performance, and a quality score of 100. According to CDSpeed the drive can read Cd Text and Subchannel Data but this is not the case for Leadin and Leadout.

- Support of 90/99mins AudioCDs

TDK drive managed to playback 90min, but it doesn`t support 99min test discs, hence skipping tracks all the time.

- Reading/Ripping Protected AudioCDs

For the test procedure we used two audio discs with different audio protection schemes. We performed the tests for both recognition and ripping to the hard disk. The software used was Exact Audio Copy.

* Pressed Audio disc protected by Nec Key2Audio (Celine Dion - New Day Has Come)

* Pressed Audio disc protected by Cactus Data Shield 200 (Natalie Imbruglia - White Lilies sIsland)

Key2Audio
CDS200
EAC
TDK 880N
OK
OK
Pioneer DVR-107D
NO
OK
NEC ND-2500A
OK
OK

TDK drive playbacked successfully both Key2AudioCD and Cactus Shield audio protected discs.


8. CD Recording Tests

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CD Recording Tests

- CD-R Writing Tests

The TDK 880N supports 4x, 8x, 16x, 24x, 32x writing speeds. Below you can see the CDSpeed writing simulation graph with Taiyo Yuden 32x CD-R media.

The simulation test, under Nero CD Speed, confirmed the manufacturer's specifications for 32x recording, which is under Z-CLV. The average speed was 27.35x.

 

 

 

 

- Recording Times

We created an 80min data compilation with Nero Burning Rom and recorded it on a 700MB disc. TDK needed 3:40 to conclude the burning procedure.

Below we present the best writing times for TDK drive at 4x, 8x, 16x, 20x, 24x, 32x with a Taiyo Yuden media.

In the following graph you can see the recording times with various media brands.

- CD-RW Writing Tests

The TDK 880N supports 16x CLV maximum rewriting speed, with Ultra Speed rewritable media. Below you can see the results from the CDSpeed writing simulation test with blank 24x US-RW media from Mitsubishi Chemicals.

The test once again confirmed the drive's specifications for 16x rewriting. The average speed at the end of the test was 15.99x.

 

 

 

 

We also used Nero Burning Rom software to burn a 24x US-RW data media from Mitsubishi Chemicals again. The data compilation we burned onto the disc, had a size of 651 MB. The duration of the recording process was 5:03 minutes for TDK.

- Packet Writing Tests

We used InCD and Mitsubishi Chemicals 24x US-RW media for all Packet Writing tests. The formatted disc had 530mbs of free space. We copied a 403 MB file (412.822 KB) from Hard Disk (on the same PC as the recorder) to the formatted RW media through Windows explorer (drag and drop).
Operation
Duration
Average speed
Read
3:33 min
14.3X
Write
3:47 min
13.4X

- Other features

Overburning
Up to 89:45
CD text reading/writing
Yes


9. 3T Jitter Tests - Page 1

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Writing Quality Tests - 3T Jitter Tests

On an 80min 48X CD-R disc from Taiyo Yuden we burned the same AudioCD project at 4x, 8x, 16x, 20x, 24x, 32x. The 3T Pit & Land Jitter graphs are presented here.

- 3T Pit results

As we can easily conclude from the graphs above and below, the drive gives really low jitter values using 16x, 20x, 24x speeds.

The average 3T Pit Jitter values for all recording speeds are illustrated in the following table.

The average Pit jitter for recording speeds of 24x and over is acceptable, and very good for those below.

- 3T Land results

The jitter land levels illustrated in the graph above, are very good for all speeds . Once again, recording at 16x and above renders high quality recording. Notice that the 4x burning speed did not gave the lowest 3T land jitter.

The following average values graph confirms the very good burning quality of the TDK recorder.

Recording Speed
Average 3T Pit Jitter (ns)
Average 3T Land Jitter (ns)
> 35ns
Max 3T jitter values (ns)
4X
31.29
38.39
Yes
34 Pit, 49 Land
8X
29.17
34.37
Yes
31 Pit, 36 Land
16X
26.73
26.73
No
29 Pit, 29 Land
20X
26.54
26.12
No
30 Pit, 30 Land
24X
26.49
27.34
No
31 Pit, 31 Land
32X
27.37
27.20
No
29 Pit, 30 Land
- Summary

TDK 880N is a very good recorder, at least with Taiyo Yuden media. In the following page we test the drive's writing quality with other media brands.


10. 3T Jitter Tests - Page 2

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Writing Quality Tests - 3T Jitter Tests

The same Nero compilation used in the previous jitter tests was used once again, this time with media from different brands. The recording speed was the maximum in all cases. The following graphs indicate the 3T Pit & Land Jitter results.

- 3T Pit results

According to the results we took from the jitter measurements, TDK performed very well with all media brands. The CMC Magnetics, Platinum, Mam, Prodisc and Samsung prove to be very good combinations with TDK 880N recorder. The Philips media returned good jitter results, but somewhat increased in contrast with the other brands.

The average 3T Jitter values for all manufacturers discs are illustrated in the following graph.

- 3T Land results

The jitter land values were almost at the same levels with this one of 3T Pit.

Recording Speed
Average 3T Pit Jitter (ns)
Average 3T Land Jitter (ns)
> 35ns
Max 3T jitter values (ns)
Platinum 48x
27.14
25.66
No
30 Pit, 30 Land
Mam 52x
27.54
26.61
Yes
39 Pit, 36 Land
Cmc 48x
26.95
25.46
No
28 Pit, 26 Land
Philips 52x
29.34
27.76
No
32 Pit, 30 Land
Samsung 48x
27.90
26.46
No
29 Pit, 30 Land
Prodisc 52x
27.59
26.10
No
30 Pit, 28 Land
- Summary

The drive performed very good in CD recording tests with all the media brands we tested. The writing quality is high for all. There was only one case that we see increased jitter values, and that was only in the end of the Mam media.

On the following page we check the C1 and C2 error rates for the same discs.


11. C1 / C2 Error Measurements

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Writing Quality Tests - C1 / C2 Error Measurements

The C1 / C2 error rate was measured for the recorded discs burned during the previous writing tests (jitter). The software used was UMDoctor Pro II, and the reader was the Optorite DD0401 drive.

  • CMC Magnetics 48x recorded at 32x

  • Philips 52x recorded at 32x

Below we present information regarding the CD-R media used in this test.

Disc
ID Code
Capacity
Taiyo Yuden 48X
TaiyoYuden 97m24s01f
79:59:72
Platinum 48x
Unknown 97m17s06f
79:59:74
CMC Magnetics 48x
CMC Magnetics 97m26s66f
79:59:71
Samsung 48x
Plasmon 97m27s18f
79:59:74
Mam 52X
Mitsui 97m27s58f
79:59:74
Philips 52X
Ritek 97m15s17f
79:59:70
Prodisc 52X
Prodisc 97m32s19f
79:59:74
- Summary

According to our measurement, the drive's CD writing quality is good with all of our media brands we tested. The C1 levels are all low, while no C2 error was reported.


12. DVD Recording Tests

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DVD Recording Tests

- Writing Performance

TDK 880N supports DVD-R/RW and DVD+R/RW writing. The maximum supported speed for DVD+R and DVD-R is 8x Z-CLV and 4x CLV for DVD+/-RW media.

8x DVD+R

An 8x DVD+R disc from CMC Magnetics was used to check the 8x writing strategy of the drive. The software used was Nero CDSpeed, with its "create disc" function.

The drive started the writing at 4.13x, maintaining this speed until the 800MB address mark on the disc, where the drive stepped up to 6x until 2.20GB. At this point we experienced an other step up to 8x writing for the rest of the recording (hence the Z-CLV mode). The average speed is 6.80x.

CMC 8x DVD-R

The simulation with the 8x DVD-R was almost the same with the 8xDVD+R one. In this test we used Mitsubishi Chemicals media.

Maxell 4x DVD+RW

CMC 4x DVD-RW

- Burning Tests

The best recording times are illustrated in the following table. The values were taken after burning 4315MB of data on various DVD±R, DVD±RW media, using the maximum allowed writing speed for each disc. For comparison, we also include the writing times for the Pioneer DVR-107D and Nec ND-2500A.

With the DVD-R/RW media, TDK wasn't the fastest. However the reported recordings times for DVD+R/RW were at an average level as expected, due to the average 6,80x speed for this format.

The table below presents the writing speeds, media name and media code for the various discs used.
Media
Code
Speed
CMC Magnetics 8x DVD+R
CMC MAG F01
8x
Mitsubishi Chemicals 8x DVD+R
MCC 003
8x
Plextor 4x DVD+R
YUDEN000T01
8x
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD+R
MCC 002
4x
Maxell 4x DVD+R
YUDEN000T01
8x
Maxell 4x DVD-R
TYG01
8x
Taiyo Yuden 4x DVD-R
TYG01
8x
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD-R
MCC 01RG20
8x
CMC Magnetics 8x DVD-R
CMC MAG AE1
4x
Pony 4x DVD-R
RITEK G04
4x
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD+RW
MKM A02
4x
Maxell 4x DVD+RW
PHILIPS 041
4x
JVC 42x DVD-RW
JVC0VictorD7
4x
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD-RW
MCC 01RW4X
4x
Mam 4x DVD-R
MCI4XG01
2x
Philips 8x DVD+R
Philips C08
1x
Mitsubishi Chemicals 8x DVD-R
MCC 02RG20
8x

Although TY and Maxell DVD+R have the same ID, were burned in different speeds. Below are the screenshots from Nero:

- Packet Writing Tests

For this test we copied a 403 MB file (412.822 KB) from the hard disk (on the same PC as the recorder) to the formatted RW media through Windows explorer (drag and drop).

DVD-RW
Duration
Average speed
Read
2:13 min
2.3X
Write
1:30 min
3.4X

DVD+RW
Duration
Average speed
Read
2:13 min
2.3X
Write
1:43 min
3X

13. KProbe PI/PO quality tests

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PI/PO quality results

The following screenshots present the PI/PO results for various DVD-/+R and DVD-/+RW media, recorded with the TDK 880N at the maximum allowed speed.

The software used for the measurements was KProbe v1.1.28, the ECC was set to 8 and the reading drive was the LiteOn LDW-811S. The specific methodology is very dependable on the drive used as a reader, while the reliability of the PI/PO provided output is not also technically confirmed. Hence as a result, we cannot safely come up with conclusive results, although we do make a comparison of the drive's behavior when using various DVD recordable/rewritable media.

The recording discs used are presented below, coming with details about each disc type.

 

Media
Code
CMC Magnetics 8x DVD+R
CMC MAG F01
Mitsubishi Chemicals 8x DVD+R
MCC 003
Plextor 4x DVD+R
YUDEN000T01
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD+R
MCC 002
Maxell 4x DVD+R
YUDEN000T01
Maxell 4x DVD-R
TYG01
Mitsubishi Chemicals 8x DVD-R
MCC 02RG20
Taiyo Yuden 4x DVD-R
TYG01
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD-R
MCC 01RG20
CMC Magnetics 8x DVD-R
CMC MAG AE1
Pony 4x DVD-R
RITEK G04
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD+RW
MKM A02
Maxell 4x DVD+RW
PHILIPS 041
JVC 42x DVD-RW
JVC0VictorD7
Mitsubishi Chemicals 4x DVD-RW
MCC 01RW4X

The drive reported good writing quality with the most media we tested. However we experienced few cases where the PI/PO values were slightly increased.


14. Conlusion

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Conclusion

Pros

Cons

  • 8x DVD+R/-R writing
  • 4x DVD+RW/-RW writing
  • 32x CD-R recording
  • Fast DVD-Video ripping
  • Low 3T jitter
  • Very good CD writing quality
  • Good DVD writing quality
  • Supports CDS200 and Key2Audio protected AudioCDs.
  • Long DVD media list for 8x recording
  • DVD compatibility
  • Good price
  • CD error correction could be better
  • 16x CD-RW writing speed
  • Cannot make working backups of SafeDisc v2.6 protected games
  • Mount Rainier is not supported

The drive's ability in CD reading is good with low seek times. It doesn't have however very good error correction in this part. We would expect a better performance here.

As for DVD reading, TDK was fast with both recordable and pressed media. The seek times were rather low. The drive's DVD error correction ability is very good. Despite of the fact that it had to lower speed in order to read the defected area of our ABEX TDV-541 disc, it managed to playback all of our test discs without reporting any error. We tried to locate the problem using PowerDVD but nothing happened, there were no problems while playback. However we would like a better behavior with this disc.

The drive didn't managed to make working backups of protected CDs, except from Max Payne, which has the old version of SafeDisc protection the v2.5, where the backup was working only with the maiden drive. Apart from this, the drive is fast during the ripping process with all game types we tried.

According to DAE test the drive returned good performance. It also succeeded to playback and rip the contents of Key2Audio as well as the CDS200 protected Audio CDs. Thus the drive failed to play or rip 99 minutes AudioCDs but this didn't happen with 90min.

In the CD recording tests the TDK drive performed very good. The supported 32x maximum writing speed is high enough for a DVD burner. Also the writing CD quality is high, with all media brands we used. At this point we would like to mention that it would be better to avoid recording at 4x, as it did not gave the best results. Also the performance with Mam media may be improved with a new firmware upgrade.

In DVD recording tests the drive performed very good with high compatibility with all media formats and additionally, it recorded at 8x with many DVD+R, DVD-R brands. The PI/PO levels were low, in most cases. This is the strong part of TDK 880N.

The drive is already available in the market at the price of $189.



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