The Dolphin tells it like it is....
So, to start this little thread off, I would like to let everyone know that unless there is a truckers strike in California on Monday, we can expect Optodisc 8x DVD-Rs to start hitting the shelves maybe as early as July 6th.
Optodisc 8x DVD-Rs are *not* compatible with the Plextor 712a at this time (firmware 1.02). I know there is a new firmware that will be released soon, so we'll have to see if this resolves the issues.
Optodisc 4x DVD-Rs appear to have issues with the LiteON LDW-411s with FS0J firmware and previous firmwares. So far there appears to be no way to get the LiteON LDW-411s to burn Optodisc 4x DVD-Rs at 4x without the quality having severe problems. The Plextor 712a is even worse with Optodisc 4x DVD-Rs, and will likely fail mid burn.
Optodisc 4x DVD+Rs don't seem to be that good at all, but this is heavily drive dependant, as the Plextor 712a seems to be able to burn them almost ok. The Plextor 712a also does an ok job with Optodisc 8x DVD+Rs.
The above statements are not to say that Optodisc 4x and 8x DVD-Rs are not good discs, I'm just trying to outline what drives should not be used in conjunction with the media. As for Optodisc 4x DVD+Rs... I would not suggest buying them at this time... the Optodisc 8x DVD+Rs are much better then the 4x DVD+Rs, but still need better drive support.
I have begun working with Ritek's 8x DVD-Rs and 8x DVD+Rs lately, but suffered a critical system failure and had to buy a new motherboard, PSU, and Videocard, as well as wipe my HDD. Luckily nothing was lost (of any significance) and as soon as I get a new Video card, I'll have my computer set aside for burning up and running again... expect this to happen sometime in the next week or two.
In other news, it seems Artec is soon going to be releasing a 12x DVD+R burner of their own... except that it can't burn *ANY* media at 12x yet... and all the stuff it burns at 8x has serious playback issues. So umm, watch out for "hot deals" when this drive finally hits the market
-The Digital Dolphin
Current suggested recordable media?
CD-Rs = Maxell CD-R Pro, Verbatim Datalife+, Falcon Media Pro