The last times I bought DVD-media in Discounters I was a bit confused about the mediacodes. Some years ago I had media like CMC, Ritek, UME, Infomedia. Now I bought again and all I get was MBIPG101R05
I looked at nierle.com and saw that even Verbatim and Sony uses MBI. Intenso -R switched from UME also to MBI.
Also often seen was Infomedia. But I burned some Philips-branded Infome R30 which are the worst DVD-media I ever had, and I have really many different media. Only SONYD11 were similar bad after some years.
Could it be that only a few manufacturers are left?
Current DVD±R manufacturers: Moser Baer (MBI), CMC Magnetics, Ritek Corporation, Umedisc, Mitsubishi Chemical Corporation (Verbatim), Falcon Technologies/FTI. That’s about all you can find right now anyway. Princo is still around in third world countries.
Notably gone are Taiyo Yuden and Prodisc, and finding MCC-made Verbatim DVD±R’s is pretty difficult. Imo, stick to MBI,CMC made MCC codes or Falcon (TDK MID’s), the former can vary a lot in quality (but you can find decent batches at times) whereas FTI guarantees consistently higher quality, but is more expensive and difficult to source in certain places.
FTI-media seems to be very hard to find in Germany. Nierle is the only shop I know which informs abot the MID on many products, http://www.discobianco.com (never bought there, but in past it was cdr24.de) list also some MIds.
Nierle also have some TY-MIDs TY02 from JV and Maxell Pro, TYG03 from JVC.
Long time ago I bought many media at the Cdfreaks-Shop, but it doesn´t exist anymore
Be careful when buying TY MID’s right now because in most cases they are now the newer CMC Pro “Powered by TY” ie. made by CMC Magnetics and not Taiyo Yuden. I think the consensus on CMC Pro so far based on the scans posted is that the CD-R’s are fine but DVD±R not so much, inconsistent quality at best. Not worth the money over current AZO media found everywhere.
Well you get what you pay for, Maxell dropped prices for their DVD media some time ago after which they began replacing the RITEK MID’s for cheaper MBI ones. I checked the Maxell DVD±R’s at my local store a few weeks ago, purely out of interest and the DVD+R was MBI but DVD-R was still made in Taiwan, probably Ritek or CMC (they can be CMC as well). So unfortunately there is no longer guarantee you will get RITEK F1/F16 with Maxell. However if you’re looking for high quality Ritek DVD’s you should look no further than Traxdata Pro, their 16x media will always be RITEK F1 or F16 and they are much more consistent in their quality. Even the regular Traxdata seems fine but can have batch variation.
As for the Verbatim AZO disks, they can be MBI, CMC or FTI-made. MBI used to make good quality media but in the past year I have had nothing but bad experiences with everything they produce, DVD±R and CD-R. I’m very close to not recommending them at all at this point. CMC stuff will usually be higher quality although it’s still not as good as the FTI disks (which are nearly impossible to find though).
If you buy media in person, I don’t know why you are complaining of getting MBI disks from Maxell or Verbatim, because they tell you on the packaging which country they are made in. You buy “Made in India” - you get MBI. If you buy from online stores, then it may be impossible to tell and most shops these days won’t be able to tell you where your disks are made in. Consider paying a little more and buying in person.
FTI certainly makes branded media for Verbatim at least, but with their own brand (FalconMedia) I’ve only seen printable (inkjet, thermo etc.) disks, which makes sense since this brand is geared towards professionals.
Speaking of FTI, I remember you said its difficult to buy. However I know of a distributor in Germany (ADR AG) and they sell FalconMedia Mediline 50pk spindles for $17, less than what I pay for AZO media. They may also be able to provide you more information regarding FTI.
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FTI-media seems to be very hard to find in Germany.
[/quote]Can you find products by Xlayer? I think this is a German company and should be easier to find. I asked them who makes their media and they said Xlayer Value is made by Ritek and Xlayer PRO by Falcon (with TDK MID). I can only find Xlayer Value here, but maybe Xlayer Pro is worth the try (even thought I read some negative comments about the TDK MID).
Xlayer is easy to find, but not the Pro-versions. I´ve bought 3 or 4 years ago DVD-media from Xlayer withTDK-Mid but now Xlayer is cheaper and I´m afraid of getting the worst cases: BD-R with Ritek, DVD-R with MBI
But I found on Ebay printable Falcons, Inkjet (which I bought for trying) and thermal printable
Here some first scans with the Falcon
Mixed results, atm I´m not very happy with Falcon, I have better results with Ritek and CMC (but also hard to find here), Umedisc, even with MBI -R.
As I already wrote above, according to Xlayer, Value is Ritek and PRO is Falcon (with TDK MID). I can only find Value, so I did not bother to check myself. But I am talking about DVD+R 4.7GB. I don’t know if the same is valid for DVD+R Double Layer 8.5GB.