ack, see what happense when my internet goes down for a couple hours, 10 billion posts I need to respond too LOL!
ok, lets do this in reverse order:
dodecahedron: Why obscure brands? because it is what I have access to. Also, I'm buying really cheap stuff right now since I don't have a job currently, and need to conserve $$$. Taiyo Yuden CD-Rs are REALLY expensive over here, except for the Yamaha 20x which is the cheapest media currently available to me, hence the test and 75pcs I purchased for personal use
aviationwiz: I find your info to be totally impossible to understand, with the expection of the screenshot you posted. You are lacking some very improtant details, and making one monumental mistake.
let's deal with the mistake first: STOP TESTING ON THE PLEXTOR, it doesn't return C2 errors as accuratly as the liteON, you may not like to admit this, but it is a fact.
gripe #2: Burn THE SAME DISC, at THE SAME SPEED, on BOTH DRIVES. and then do the testing on the LiteON. Don't start comparing different speeds wth different speeds, and different discs, that ruins the whole testing procedure!
Gripe #3: I'm sorry, I don't believe your test on the T.Y. media. It doesn't make ANY sense. Especially with my experience with that particular drive and the media. The only way you could have accomplished those results is if you got REALLY old media, and pushed it beyond its true capabilities (which would be a media failure and not a drive failure).
You know what, two can play this game. I have a friend with a plextor. So I will have some results of my own to show, only I will include the little details missing in your tests.
Punch Cards -> Paper Tape -> Tape Drive -> 8" Floppy Diskette -> 5 1/4" Floppy Diskette -> 3 1/2" "Flippy" Diskette -> CD-R -> DVD±R -> BD-R
The Progression of Computer Media