dolphinius_rex wrote:My goal for my media testing is to include a fair range of discs that people might find, no matter what part of the world they live in. To only test 2 or 3 media types would be very unprofessional in my opinion, not to mention utterly useless to a very large percentage of the people who use the drives I review.
At the very least if I wanted to only include professional level media, I'd have to test Taiyo Yuden, Verbatim, Maxell, Sony, TDK, Fuji, and potentially Mitsui. Including other major brands like Memorex, RiData, and BenQ, is never a bad idea either.
If anything, I'd like to EXPAND my media testing
Fair enough. This is one approach to testing a drive but very subjective. To the extent that the reviewer selects the media and not the burner manufacturer.
In other reviews I've read of the PIONEER 110 series the tester has mentioned the drive is an excellent performer with certain supported media and that the PIONEER is a poor choice if an extensive range of media types is required. I think this a fairer approach than calling the drive "lame".
As a real world example, I record satelite TV on a stand-alone Toshiba D-KR2 using Verbatim DVD-RW 2X discs. After recording and finalizing I transfer the program to my PC for editing and archiving to DVD-R and the -RW disc is used again. My BENQ 1640, a well regarded unit, does not even recognize the disc or the program material. The PIONEER handles it well. Does this make the BENQ "lame"? It is with this particular DVD-RW.
A more critical ommission by Dolphinius_Rex is not even mentioning in the review that many users have successfully cross-flashed this drive and now enjoy the benifits of 5X DVD-RAM reading/writing as an added bonus.