As most people, I started with SCSI-connected CD recorders
(my first one was a Teac model, then a Yamaha). As SCSI became
very uncommon in desktops (where you burn discs usually) I got
a Yamaha CRW3200E. Unfortunately, I missed the opportunity
to buy a Yamaha CRW-F1 before Yamaha stopped its production
Okay, the Yamaha CRW3200E is really great. Burns everything.
I never burn CD-Rs with more than 16x because of quality issues.
16x is the fastest speed to burn the complete disc without
any change in speed, and that seems to be the best strategy.
I liked the TDK discs at 16x and 32x speed. Excellent quality.
But all their newer discs (40x and up) simply suck. Very bad
quality. Rejected by a lot of drives.
Philips has poor quality as well, however, not as bad as TDK.
Best quality is Sony CD-R. The green 50-piece spindles are great.
Very cheap (below 10 EUR), but superior quality and compability.
My first DVD recorder (still) is a BenQ 1620pro.
But the complete DVD technology disappoints me a lot.
We are now in the middle of the year 2005, and you still
have to be very cautious what medium to chose.
The current firmware of my BenQ 1620pro is B7V9, and it totally
sucks with all DVD-R media I've tried like:
- SONY08D1 Spindel 25 Sony DVD-R 8x
- MCC 02RG20 Spindel 25 Verbatim DVD-R 8x
I get better results with DVD+R media like
You can grab the latest firmware for all BenQ models
on there FTP site.
There's also additional software available on their
global web site.
- MCC 004 Spindel 10 Verbatim DVD+R 16x
- SONY D11 Spindel 10 Sony DVD+R 8x
- TDK 002 Spindel 10 TDK DVD+R 8x