My LIteon LTR-52327S died when it was 11 months old. I RMA'ed it to newegg and in exchange received Liteon SOHR-5238S.
I was curious how the new drive compares with the old.
I tested the SOHR drive with TY (Fuijifilm) and Ritek (Maxell 48x) using KProbe.
TY results were excellent - C1 max = 7, C1 ave < 0.2, C1 Total <= 800.
But Maxell (Ritek) results were very disappointing:
When reading MAxell CDs written by my old LTR...7S drive, the results were comparable with TY:
C1 ave < 0.4, C1 Total < 2,000
But reading Maxell CDs produced by my new SOHR drive the results were:
C1 max = 28, C1 Ave = 6.7, C2 Total = 27,000
C2 = 0 though.
I upgraded to the latest firmware from ...05 to ...06 -- same exact result.
Resume: MAxells CDRs from the same box were burm much better by LTR 52327S.
Now, I would just assume that this SOHR drive just worse that my old LTR (at least for Ritek). But here is a twist. I had one blank CD which came with the SOHR retail package, labeled "Liteon Professional CDR", golden top. That CD was identified as Ritek by SMART-Burn software. (Exactly the same information as for Maxell 48x CDRs). But when I burned it, the results were very surprising: almost as good as TY !!
C1 ave = 0.2, C1 Total = 1,400
C2 = 0
I thought I was crazy and tested Maxells again... Again, C2 ave = 6, total, 27,000.
Has anyone else tested their SOHR with Ritek ?