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The specifications of the Philips DVDRW885 state that the drive is able to write CD-R discs at 24x. Let’s find out how the drive really performs in speed and quality.

 

Writing Data CD-R discs:


 

For our data writing tests, we simply set up a new compilation of 700Mb using Nero Burning ROM software. Writing method used is DAO (Disc At Once), and the disc is set up as a non-multisession disc with ‘finalize disc” enabled. The screenshot below shows how long it takes to write a disc at the highest speed. (32x):

 

The drive took 3 minutes and 35 second to write the disc at 24x. Now let’s see how this compares to other drives; the NU DDW-082 used 3 minutes and 2 seconds for the same writing operation at 40x speed, and the Plextor PX-708A used 2 minutes and 58 seconds at 40x.

 

Write Quality:


 

We will test CD-R discs from a total of 11 different CD-R manufacturers. To really measure the write speed, we used the ‘create data CD” function in Nero CD-Speed. The discs were written at the maximum speed that the drive supports. For the quality test, we used K-Probe 2 which is a tool developed by a Lite-On Employee. It runs under Windows and works with drives made by Lite-On. Also note that different drives and different reading speeds may affect the results obtained when scanning the discs. We used a Lite-On LTR-52327S drive with firmware QS0E and scanned the discs at 48X speed.

 

A written CD-R disc will always have some C1 errors; C1 errors are easily corrected by the drive’s error correction capabilities. The next level of errors is C2, while C2 errors could also be corrected by most drive’s error correction capabilities; they are not wanted on a good quality disc. A good disc should not contain any C2 errors, and preferably have an average C1 error amount of below 2.0 for the best discs, or at least below 10.0 averages for good quality discs. After C2 errors there are only un-correctable errors that will make a disc unusable.

 

Why wait any longer? Below are the obtained results:


 

Brand:

Benq

Manufacturer:

Daxon Inc.

Code:

97m22s67f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703 MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

32x

Write Time:

3m:36s

C1 Average/Sec:

1.90

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

 

BenQ CD-R Studio Master edition, which looks like professional studio recording media, is most suitable for audio recording. This media got an average of 1.90 C1 errors and is consider as ‘Best disc quality”.

 

Brand:

MMORE ‘“ Thanks to MMORE Int. B.V for sending us this media.

Manufacturer:

Moser Baer India Limited

Code:

97m17s06f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.74 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

32x

Write Time:

3m:36s

C1 Average/Sec:

1.18

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

 

This media from MMORE is printed with Multispeed 1x-52x. From quality is goes into the ‘Best discs” category, because of its 1.18 C1 Average. Recommended media.

 

Brand:

Philips

Manufacturer:

CMC Magnetics Corporation

Code:

97m26s66f

Disc Type:

CD-R

Recording Layer:

Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)

Capacity:

79:59.71 (703MB)

Certified Speed:

52x

Write Speed:

32x

Write Time:

3m:34s

C1 Average/Sec:

1.04

C2 Average/Sec:

0.0

 

Recommended media for its good quality with an average of 1.04 it jumps to the top in ‘best discs”. But one of the most expensive media in these tests we made.

 

 

























Brand:

Platinum

Manufacturer:

Plasmon Data Systems Ltd.

Code:

97m27s18f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 8: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.74 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


52x


Write Speed:


32x


Write Time:


3m:35s


C1 Average/Sec:


1.34


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


Platinum 52x Speed (made by Plasmon) is a very cheap media
(Germany)
and produced a good write quality. With the average 1.34 is goes into the
group ‘
best discs”. Recommended!


 






































Brand:


Platinum


Manufacturer:


RiTEK Corporation


Code:


97m15s17f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.70 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


Multispeed (52x)


Write Speed:


32x


Write Time:


3m:36s


C1 Average/Sec:


1.19


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


Platinum Multispeed Speed (made by RiTEK) is also a very
cheap media (Germany) and got
a good write quality. With the average 1.19 is also goes into the group
best discs”. Recommended!




 




































Brand:


Plextor


Manufacturer:


Taiyo Yuden Company Limited


Code:


97m24s01f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 1: Long Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)


Capacity:


79:59.72 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


48x


Write Speed:


32x


Write Time:


3m:37s


C1 Average/Sec:


1.49


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


Plextor’s media is made by Taiyo Yuden Company Limited and it is known for its VERY
GOOD quality. With an Average of 1.49 ‘Best discs”, we expected the C1 average
to be lower considering it is Taiyo Yuden. This media was the most expensive in
our CD-R tests.


 



 




































Brand:


Silver Circle


Manufacturer:


Prodisc Technology Inc.


Code:


97m32s19f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 9: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.71 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


52x


Write Speed:


32x (36.12x)


Write Time:


3m:34s


C1 Average/Sec:


0.86


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


Another very cheap media (Germany) and with an average for 0.86
‘Best Discs”, it is the best media so far in our CD-R tests.
RECOMMENDED!


 



 




































Brand:


Sky Ultra


Manufacturer:


Nan Ya Plastics Corporation


Code:


97m15s37f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 7: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.74 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


52x


Write Speed:


24x


Write Time:


4m:05s


C1 Average/Sec:


0.30


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


This media was the cheapest one in our tests (Germany) and with an average of 0.30
‘Best Discs”. It is HIGHLY RECOMMENDED because of the excellent quality combined
with the price. (This media was the best media in the complete CD-R
test).


 



 




































Brand:


SONY


Manufacturer:


Sony Corporation


Code:


97m24s16f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 6: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.74 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


48x


Write Speed:


32x


Write Time:


3m:35s


C1 Average/Sec:


1.22


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


Sony made media, average with 1.22 ‘žBest Discs’. Only
drawback is the price.


 



 




































Brand:


TDK Metallic


Manufacturer:


Mitsui Chemicals Inc.


Code:


97m27s58f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 8: Short Strategy (Phthalocyanine)


Capacity:


79:59.74 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


48x


Write Speed:


32x


Write Time:


3m:35s


C1 Average/Sec:


2.34


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


TDK Media with Mitsui media code. From our experiences it
looks like TDK (Europe)
uses different manufacturer lately. With an average of 2.34 is goes into the
category
‘good quality discs”.


 






































Brand:


Verbatim DataLifePlus


Manufacturer:


Mitsubishi Chemicals Corporation


Code:


97m32s23f


Disc Type:


CD-R


Recording Layer:


Dye Type 3: Long Strategy (Cyanine, AZO)


Capacity:


79:59.73 (703MB)


Certified Speed:


52x


Write Speed:


32x


Write Time:


3m:36s


C1 Average/Sec:


0.74


C2 Average/Sec:


0.0


 


Verbatim, a well known brand showed us a very good
result. With an average of 0.74, it goes without any doubts in the category
‘Best Discs”
. HIGHLY RECOMMENDED!



Summary:
The results are excellent!
Overall, it does a very good job writing to CD-R Media. The only negative thing
is the writing speed of 32x.


 


 


So let us head on to next page and read about DVD-Writing
performance and DVD media compatibility…