bicomputational wrote:The purpose of the testing is to get an idea of quality that can be used to judge whether or not the burn is one that will play on other equipment
On one side there's the problem. CATS is a defacto standard. It's setup is as specified in the ECMA standards so it's inline with the ECMA standards.
Now the boards standards are questionable. What folks did was just take the ECMA standards and slap it on the home testing results. However it's a question if these hometesters are also build as the ECMA specifies and for that reason also can use the standard the way as that is currently being done.
So we should trash our homesteting results ?
Well fact is that todays drive have improved much and are much better readers as the standards specify, which causes them when to use as scanners to show to good result for saying something about compatability on older players. However for the drive itself it will hold and it might also hold to some of the other modern drives.
However keep in mind that still a disc which looks so fine on your lite On can be out of standards and for that reason problematic on older (cheap ) players.
However I for the current situation it might be good to look at the current situations it might be good to have another look at them and see where there's room for improvement to get a better picture.
Thanks to these screwed consumer standards also compannies are slowly taking these over and giving less good support. So in the end things will be worse when it comes to playback with older generations adn quality levels will drop incase of some products!
and will have longevity.
Initial burn quality says zilch about longlivety but if you mean you can check and recheck so you study the degradation process(as what Dolphinius Rex is doing for his aging study) then I agree.
We don't need absolute results, just consistent results that we can
recognize mean that the burn is of high quality.
No measurement is absolute.
And I think what I said above says enough.
However about high quality I've mixed feelings.
You can't judge if it's really high quality. You can judge if it should fit if it's up to modern standards. But high quality is questionable.
Because your no longer measuring according the standards so how to judge ?
That test fails almost every burn made on any media with any burner - how is that info useful to me as to whether or not the drive will give me good burns?
It means that it the burns are not good accoding to the current official / defacto standards. Still these disc's might mean no problems with the current drives.
Trying to make something "foolproof" only forces nature to make a better fool.