This is not in question, nor on topic. most sensible folks would conclude that to justify the price, the Plex would need to last 2-3x as long as the LiteOn. that would mean it should be capable of running somewhere between 5000 and 10000 discs. I wonder how many end-users would care to run that many discs on a drive. not to mention it would be sorely outdated long befor it wore out!
To me this and quite some people in my area this means the plextor should burn arround 250 disc's.
My Lite ON 48246S broke down after arround 80 disc's.
My PHilips 3610 which is really a bad quality construction even reached above triple times good burnt disc's as the Lite On befor it died.
My Plextor 24/10/40 is still going strong after allmost 2 years.(And yes it burned more
Now people will say I was un lucky. Well 2 local stores have dropped Lite On because of 2 many drives returning. So this says enough.
From one store I heard they are selling mostly Plextor drives and have the lowest amount of returned drives with Plextor and Yamaha as brand.
Now this could be because of Plextor own RMA service.(Just call and pick up or swap directly) That they don't see much returns. Still Lite On has one of the highest returning rates as a brand according to the same people.
What people are paying for when you buy a Plextor premium instead of Lite On is support !! So if you prefer support and quality controle then buy Plextor.
And I must say I haven't hold the premium in my bare hands yet but the Plextor 24/10/40A I have feels way better constructed as the LIte On or the Philips 3610.
For all the others who don't care about service or do not want to pay the extra for service pick-up Lite On. However if it gets screwed then don't blame Lite On for the long waiting times or poor support since that's what you payed for.
Now about burn quality are we takeing into account other parameters.
The 7s and the 401S have proven to give lower error rates as Plextor at full speed with good media. However how are effects as jittter/beta ?
With lower speeds my experience is that Plextor drives seem to be a head the 6s/7s series. With cheap media Plextor is way ahead the 6s/7s series the 401S however is prety close.
However 401S does seem to be close with measurements with good media. With more worse media it seems to report less. It might be a better reader or it might be the way how it counts errors.
Only one weird thing it sometimes shows spikes for C2 which are not there allways or on other measurement tools. Is this a drive error or does the drive really reads them at that time ?
Considering they have a DVD Test Forum at CD Freaks (with most scans done in KProbe, with all types of drives) it must be at least partially accurate.
This argument is a allways used very often and is a very incorrect one.
If something is used much it doesn't mean it's reliable.
Also accuracy can not be measured for cd analyzing !