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Teardown: Philips BDP2180/79 3D Blu-ray Player with Stuck Tray

Around three or four years ago, coincident with my purchase of a 3D TV, I decided to buy a Blu-ray player. I decided to opt for a 3D capable unit, so as to have something to watch on the new … Continue reading

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Review, Tested: Verbatim Lifetime Archival (Millenniata/M-Disc) 4x BD-R 25Gb

Consumer grade optical storage has always been a bit of a gamble when it comes to reliability, especially when it comes to cheap commodity media and your ‘average’ drive compatibility, resulting in burns with uncertain lifetime if care isn’t taken … Continue reading

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Warning: Don’t store Blu-ray discs in Sleeves & Heat Gun Revival Technique

Towards the end of last year, I posted a warning about not stacking Blu-ray blanks in sleeves, after being devastated at losing a good number of “fresh” blank TDK BD-R DL discs I paid a good amount for. It seemed … Continue reading

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Warning: Don’t Stack Blank BD-R DL Discs in Sleeves!

Normally, I do posts reviewing products, random thoughts or experimenting with things. But this time, this is probably one of my first cautionary articles based on what just happened to me. The Story On 25th December 2013, about a year … Continue reading

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Review: Pioneer BDR-209DBK 16x SATA Internal Blu-ray Writer

A while back, I decided to build myself a new rig on the account of many random failures. Being one of the few that insist on retaining an optical media drive, I couldn’t resist picking myself up a new Blu-ray burner. … Continue reading

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Review: Panasonic/Matsushita UJ240 6x Slim SATA Blu-ray Writer

While most people have given up on optical media (and I don’t blame them), as an early adopter of Blu-ray, I continue to stay the course somewhat. Part of that involves getting compatible drives for my gear. I recently purchased … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey Part 3

Introduction I suppose it’s pretty clear that optical discs are no longer the favoured medium of choice for many applications now, however, there still remains a sizable community that use Blu-Ray recordable discs as a form of storage. This may … Continue reading

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Quick Test: E-Blue Professional Printable 6x 25Gb BD-R (UMEBDR-016)

E-Blue is not one of those companies which many would hear about unless they lived in Hong Kong. I’ve only ever seen their brand in Hong Kong, but in general, their reputation has always been that of a media rebadger … Continue reading

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Quick Review: Verbatim 4x LTH BD-R (VERBAT-IMv)

In my (lazy) quest to seek out some different Blu-Ray media, I ordered some of these straight from Japan. After one taste of LTH with the Taiyo Yuden (That’s) discs, I needed another comparison. The choice of LTH media on … Continue reading

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A More Detailed Study of Blu-Ray Scanning

I had examined Blu-Ray scanning across drives before – but only in a cursory manner. I had also looked at my old Blu-Ray discs scanned at 8x and then 4x. Ultimately, it was seen that scanning in the iHBS312 generally … Continue reading

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That’s (Taiyo Yuden) LTH BD-R 25Gb 1-6x

There are two types of Blu-Ray blank discs – the regular sort that often doesn’t get much thought, now termed HTL, and a newer variant known as LTH (short for Low-to-High). Around the time when I bought my LG GGW-H20L, … Continue reading

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Blu-Ray Scanning Across Drives, testing PRODIS-CR0 BD-R blanks

One thing I often ask myself, and see asked, is the repeatability and accuracy of quality scans made on consumer drives. I think it has been concluded that the accuracy and repeatability can be quite limited depending on the disc … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey Part 2

M. Elea (thanks for reading, and commenting) commented on my last post – Why did you do the quality scans with 8x speed and not with 4x? I did reply on that comment, but the gist was that 4x is … Continue reading

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Addendum: LG GGW-H20L DL Performance Oddity

It looks like my scans of the MEI disc using the LG may have incorrectly shown a repeatable error when the disc itself is NOT defective. When I looked at the result, I scratched my head and decided to throw … Continue reading

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Recordable Blu-Ray Disc Longevity – Periodic Survey

A while back, I posted a thread on CDFreaks (now known as myCE) about my Ritek BD-R’s which had completely lost data. That thread received in excess of 20,000 views and drew along a few skeptics – those who had … Continue reading

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