Thanks for the comments. While you may be right and POE errors aren't a huge deal, it seems weird that the Plextor is burning discs with massive POE spikes (both in relative height and amount of places). Doesn't seem like it's a GOOD thing, especially when none of the other drives are burning discs that get scanned like that.
You're probably right that the more I test the crazier I'll go. I'm starting to understand why a simple read test tells you just as much (or more) -- if everything else conflicts, can the stupid shiny disc be read?
I love how the Plex will show me these horrible PIE/POE scans on discs it burned, but you run the TA tests and it comes back as 'excellent'. sigh.
I still think I'll return it and try another drive.... This one seems really picky. Maybe if it has the same issues I'll take it up with Plextor and see what they say..
I understand what you mean about it having trouble due to the fact it reads errors on the beginning of the Sony discs, but they are in the VERY low 100s (like, 120MAX) which should be "fine", shouldn't it? (or are we in the world of "should" not meaning "reality is"?
Sheesh, this all started as I just *assumed* that *any* drive would be better than the Sony DRU500a. I'm starting to think that sucker's the best drive I own!
(I really never had any problems with it, no drives had issues reading from it or anything, I just was thinking it could be retired to another machine due to its age and I *assumed* given the 500a's reputation that it probably wasn't the best writer..)