First, as this is my first post on this forum, let me thank you for many helpful news I have found here so far!
Second, I am about to get my first DVD burner ever, so please forgive my ignorance. However, I am a happy owner of a Teac 16x10x40 CD recorder that still serves me well and has never let me down! (those good old Teac drives... )
My story: I bought NEC 3500A couple of days ago. Before even tried to burn any disc, I noticed one thing: the drive got quite noisy while reading data DVD with max speed.
Under Nero DVD-Speed, when playing video DVDs the speed was relatively low (~x2 at the beginning) and the drive worked perfectly: just a delicate, barely audible noise. But when I put some recorded DVD+R, the drive started with max speed (~x6 at the beginning, reaching promised x16 at the end) and got quite loud. I tried many data DVDs, both recordable and pressed, so definitely it was not a matter of disc.
I did expect the drive gets louder with the speed, but the point was the sound was quite different: instead of "white" noise there was annoying whir, sort of vibration. I didn't like that.
Is it normal for NEC 3500? Is it normal for all drives at x16 speed? All DVD recorders I can compare with are x8 max
I returned the drive and got my money back but now I don't know what to do next. Look for another 3500? They are praised for quality, value etc all over the net. Did I have bad luck and got just one faulty drive?
How about Pioneer 108? They are ~ +30% more expensive where I live, are they worth it? They use Z-CLV, does it mean they are not so loud?
Finally, now there are new interesting x16 burners to choose from (I mean: really new devices, not new OEM repackages). Samsung TS-H552 (same price as 3500), Toshiba SD-R5372DL (20% more expensive), LiteOn 1653... any of these seems to be a worthy alternative to those standard (and now - 'old') options: NEC 3500 & Pioneer 108?
For me, noise generated by DVD drive is quite important factor. I have spent some time silencing my system (4 low speed fans extra , Zalman cooling on 9800 Pro) and I don't want to hear a chainsaw starting every time I put a DVD in!
Also burn&read quality and media compatibility are more important for me than, say, 5% increase in speed.
Thanks for any suggestions!