From: United Kingdom
Out of the frying pan and into the fire!
Sony = Liteon, another drive that tends top be a bit iffy with -R, and not that great with +R either.
To take a quick "straw poll" of a few drives, based on their handling of the Datawrite media test (two instances of CMC MAG AE1 -R, one of their MCC 003)
Benq 1620 - an often recommended drive:
- 8x media at 12x: The two -R, excellent and good (lose 1 mark for a scrappy end to the transfer plot), +R excellent
NEC 3500, represented by Freecom FX50:
- 8x at 8x, excellent all round
LG 4163, triple format plus new rewrite speeds
- ICK! - I don't like the look of those transfer plots for the -R, and the +R staked upan excessive PI rate
LG 4120, it's older cousin, fared worse
Now we come , with trepidation, to:
Liteon 1633S (BS0R)
- Well, transfer plots a bit scratchy, error rates a tad high - it liked the +RW media more than most other drives did though. On the other media, I'd say it's not a great match.
- A big stack-up of PI rate at the start of the printable, not repeated on the non-printable
Not as nice a result as the 3500, but may improve with later firmware, might have been a freak result.
- Pretty good, but lose a mark for the rough transfer plot end on the non-prinatable
Sony DRU710A (BYX2) - a Liteon 1633S based drive with 1653S mode firmware
- Oh dear! - unusable on the -R
The firmware moves the -R strategy from 8x Zone-CLV, to 12x possible (this is 8x) P-CAV - and while 4x and 6x results have been improving, the higher sppeds on -R are not doing so well.
So on that poll, the Benq (and the Benq-clone Philips, which is reassuringly consistent to it), look like better bets that a Liteon, especially if you are escaping a drive with poor media support in the first place.