"Thanks for the apology."
That's my obligation. Sometimes I surprise myself with blindnesses like this one. Anyhow, I'm glad you forgive me.
"Appreciate your feedback on AMQR."
The way I learned the AAMQR (and DT@2 as well) was not much questitioning directly. Instead, I did extensive searches and read the articles and posts. The CDRInfo host (main page) and forum (not only the Writing Quality) provides one of the best, while of course not exhaustive, information on the issue. In fact, there are very many excellent, if not outstanding, articles on all the aspects of CD recording on that main page.
I can recommend this way of learning to anybody. Really, you can't live up by someone's brain. Not to mention personal abilities, way of thinking and preferences.
I do not want to be much involved in the AAMQR discussion. Well, first off, I do not have much experience in the matter, yet am totally not an audioman; there are much more educated and experienced people in the issue who posts on the forum. You can do the searches and read on.
Secondly, there are specialized threads of the forum dedicated to Quality Recording and AAMQR in particular.
Finally, such the discussion would blow up any post to an unacceptable, in my opinion, size. There is no need in the view of numerous dedicated highly technical articles by knowledgable people.
Nonetheless, here are some brief notes - in the hope they can help you save time.
"...is there any reason to be concerned about compatibility issues in the future with other readers since AMQR is "non-standard" in a way?"
Almost - NO. Nonetheless, I've seen reports that some CD readers do impose problems with reading the AAMQR disks. Can't recall where I've read on this forum but you can do searches on "AAMQR" and "AMQR".
From my own experience... Well, a PC never has such the problem. Nor a plain boombox does. Though, I have an old Aiwa player that needs its heads' cleaning. It randomly reads or refuses to both conventional and AAMQR CDRs. With the same CDR, it toggles from time to time. Thus, I can't state something definite when it comes to this player.
"You burned AMQR at 4x. Others have suggested the "Best writespeed" option. Any comments? Some say 8x is best for media designed for high-speed writing."
Well, you do need to read the John's (this forum's administrator) article on testing the audio writing abilities of different CD burners. There are actually two of the articles but I'm talking about first and short one. Of course, I believe everyone aming to making some good audio disks has to read the second huge article - it is an outstanding one!
The CDRInfo's tests show that 4x speed produces the least jitter level at least for the tested recorders (including the Yamaha F1). Without a dependence on the used media, by the way!
The same tests show that the F1 drive does better audio job than any other PC writer even at 4x conventional writing. Nonetheless, the AAMQR at 8x also yields very good results. As for the 1x AAMQR, it is indeed too way slow.
I used AAMQR at 4x for the only reason. I've made altogether just a couple of AAMQR CDRs. Had I have a need for this kind of writing on an everyday basis, most likely I'd stick with 8x.
In general, as far as I am concerned, it is indeed advisable to slow down for the audio, as opposed to a data one, recording. Personally I totally agree with this: 24x is as high as you can go for a good sound.
NOTE: From the referenced John's article I also carried out the impression that for the AAMQR the enabled Optimum Write Speed Control is desirable (of course, why not to?!).
As for the "Best writespeed" option, I don't know. Both ways cannot be bad. Just play with it a little, and you'll be a guru.
"One downside to AMQR, which you are likely aware, is that it reduces the capacity of the disk."
This is just what shies me from heavily using the AAMQR. To deal with this, I used 99 min disks. The F1 drive has no problems with them at least to some 85 mins! Though... I've never tried to fulfill such the CDR.
I have to stop here as the post will be too big - against my wish.
Once again: do searches and read on yourself. This is the best way to go.
When intellectual values trashed, not me who gets over.
Am I obligated to mark broken environment?
2003-09-18. Time to depart the board...