5. Protected Discs
2. Reading Tests
3. CD Error Correction
4. DVD Error Correction
5. Protected Discs
6. CD Writing Tests
7. CD Writing Quality - Plextools
8. CD Writing Quality - Clover System
9. DVD Writing Tests
10. DVD Writing Quality - Page 1
11. DVD Writing Quality - Page 2
12. DVD Writing Quality - Page 3
13. DVD Writing Quality - Page 4
14. DVD Writing Quality - Page 5
15. DVD Writing Quality - Almedio
16. DVDR DL - Page 1
17. DVDR DL - Page 2
18. DW1655 vs SA300 - Page 1
19. DW1655 vs SA300 - Page 2
20. DW1655 vs SA300 - Page 3
21. DW1655 vs SA300 - Page 4
22. Booktype Support
23. QSuite Utility
24. LightScribe Feature
25. Firmware upgrade - BCDB
At this point, we will check the drive's ability to read and backup protected CDs.
- AudioCD protections
For the test procedure, we used three audio discs with different audio copy protection schemes. The ripping process for all protected Audio discs was carried out with Exact Audio Copy v0.9 beta5.
The protected Audio discs tested, were:
|Celine Dion - New Day Has Come||Sony's Key2Audio|
|Natalie Imbruglia - White Lilies Island||Cactus Data Shield 200|
|Aiko Katsukino - The Love Letter||Cactus Data Shield 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a|
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 to readers when trying to read the Table Of Contents (TOC).
The tested tasks are:
- Recognition of the inserted disc (Yes/No).
- Ripping all wav files(with EAC's Burst Mode) to the hard disk through copy&compare function.
- Listening to the produced wav files to detect any possible click/skips.
The drive recognized up to the 12th Audio track in the CDS200 disc,
and with the "Retrieve Native TOC" option removed, the drive recognized the 13th track.
The test results are shown in the following table:
|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 successful for all tracks|
The drive ripped both discs successfully.
- Cactus Data Shield 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a (Aiko Katsukino - The Love Letter)
This is a "special" CDS200 build, since it doesn't contain any artificial errors which create problems 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 to specific chipset weaknesses.
|BenQ DW1655||CDS 200.0.4 - 3.0 build 16a|
|Reading performed without any errors.|
- Games Protections
To create the image of the various protected titles onto the hard disk, we used Alcohol 120% software and the appropriate settings, in accordance with 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.
PSX and Securom ripping are not a problem for the BenQ drive. This is however is not the case with Safedisc protection, which seems to be a privilege of the Plextor burner.
- Writing Tests
The BenQ DW-1655 supports the DAO-RAW writing mode. To check 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 (at maximum speed) with Alcohol 120% v184.108.40.20605. Two different discs were recorded for each title; one with the "Rectify Sub-Channel Data" enabled and one with the function disabled.
- Fifa 2004 - Safe Disc v3.1x
- The Sims Superstar - Safe Disc v2.9x
None of the above games worked when copied with the DW1655.