I'm perhaps one of the people who think that 24x format could indeed be good in some ways.
Not that I would necessarily be buying any 24x certified discs or burning at 24x.
However, looking at the mechanical quality of the current dvd:s: unbalanced, eccentricity off, varying thickness and whatnot.
By going to 24x the manufacturers would _have_ to specify much stricter minimum/maximum constraints for disc physical characteristics.
By doing this, they'd have to improve their production and QA, which could (at least in theory) trickle down to lower speed products as well.
Now, all this would benefit overall disc quality and the task of burners in coping with mechanically poor quality discs.
Many do not stop to think about it, but unevennes and eccentricity issues are one of the important contributors of jitter problems with high speed burning (and hence, rise in read error rates).
However, I hope 24x will NOT become the industry standard in a sense that everything below is abandoned. But it could help to make the disc quality specifications stricter (I hope).
As for writing speed: for me even going from 8x to 16x is not worth it for me. The quality sacrifices one has to make in most cases, are not just worth the marginal time savings for me.
Besides, my computer is fully functional all throughout the burn time. I don't need to burn a disc in 3 minutes. 8-10 minutes is ok by me. I'll keep working throughout the whole duration anyway and I rarely burn more than 3 discs a day (and even that is a rare occurence).
Semi-professional dvd-pirates might disagree, but then again I'm not interested in their opinions to begin with :)
Last edited by Halc
on Fri May 13, 2005 3:43 am, edited 1 time in total.