I have used Princo another cheapie brand and got similar to worse results.
I got to thinking about it and I have a theory now. Most of my problem backups only have issues well into the movie. When a DVD is being read it starts from the middle of the disk and moves slowly towards the outside edge. The speed of the media at the point where the laser is reading it then is steadily increasing (also known as angular speed). As the laser moves toward the outside edge of the DVD, there exists a larger margin for read error. It is my thinking then that with increasing angular speed, the quality of the media (ie, readability) can become critical.
So why are the problem portions of the backup clear and easily read on a PC type DVD drive? Not sure on that one unless it has to do with the differences in architecture of the DVDROM drive and the dedicated set top DVD player. It would appear that the DVDROM drive is more error tolerant than the set top player or perhaps, a better quality drive. I have not yet had one backup that the set top could read that the PC could not.
Anyhow, its just a theory. I have heard that TDK and Ritek are good brands. Doubt if I will rush out and get a 100 spindle. Will buy a few singles and see how it goes. As a test, I may take a couple of my backups to Frys and try playing them in some of their later model players.
Last edited by miketyler; 12-09-2003 at 11:28 AM.