Well then blankmedia.ca is selling Ritek as well and ProDisc..... As far as the Tayo Yuden, the +R are out of stock, check the website.
burning and in some cases claim that data is now unreadable so it must be true thet ritek is crap , regardin blankmedia.ca they currently do have ty +r
I have run my OWN tests with hundreds of RITEKs and RICOHJPN I have here at home and I personally never had ANY problems with RITEK. Now Ritek is Class B it doesn't mean it is crap -however its success rate is slightly lower..... It will depend on the batch AND brand that carries it. I always buy my blanks from Maxell, they use RITEK media code and Maxell provides a limited lifetime waranty. Their quality control is more strict as opposed to buying from another less known brand that use the Ritek dyes. This is what people fail to take into consideration and will slam Ritek left and right when they should slam the original brand for not properly inspecting their batch.
I have NEVER had a bad Ritek batch with maxell DVD+R. I have had EXCELLENT kprobes with RITEKs, with PIs MAX never exceeding 12, combined with a very low total to top it off. As far as PIF, again, very low total usually below 500 total, with individual PIF never exceeding 2, with an average of usually 0.03 - now that is excellent in my books ! I've had higher kprobe readings with RICOHJPN and a much bigger PIF total. I NEVER had ANY CRC errors with RITEKs and surprisingly all discs are FULL capacity and the kprobes are EVEN and nice from start to the complete end of the disc. I've scanned those discs that burnt almost 2 years ago and the error rate has not climbed, and on some media the only values that climbed ever slightly was the PI, where instead of being 12 MAX, it would be 16 or 17, but with PIFs virtually UNCHANGED and not a single bad CRC. I have had problems and CRAP with CMC, even MCC and some RICOHJPNR03 from the FUJIFILM.
In my books RITEK is far from crap, but they have less consistent quality batches than say Tayo Yuden, but when you get good batches, the RITEKS work just fine..... I know MAXELL would not offer a lifetime waranty on "CRAP".
I have 3 spindles of 100 Maxell DVD+R, one is said to be made in Japan, with media code MXL, the other spindle made in taiwan with media code RITEKR03 and the last spindle made in taiwan RICOHJPNR01, I can honestly say that I have had the best KPROBES from the RITEKS. I hear people having problems with the RITEKG04 and G05's, those are the -R kind, I cannot comment because I only use the +R kind.
It's all about BATCH quality. Go on VCDHELP.COM and check dvd media and enter VERBATIM.....Where verbatim are said to be CLASS A with their MCC media code....yet you see a load of negative comments about their discs.....
In terms of standalone DVD players I have run numerous tests with RITEK vs. RICOHJPN vs. MCC and other media codes. I use 4 different brands of DVD players here and 10 other brands at work, amongst those brands of DVD players I use anything ranging from the most FUSSY players to the newest players to the oldest problematic players, and have found that all the dvd players including the fussy and old ones liked the RITEK media codes of +R, without a single skip or freeze throughout an entire disc, of course the Tayo Yudens where great also, although there was a slight pause on one of the phillips and Apex dvd players, (I guess that can happen). As far as the MCC and other dyes in the CLASS C and D, occasional skipping/pausing and in some cases even with a good kprobe scan. The MPEG material used for testing is 100% compliant and approved/tested by the Phillips DVD verifier software and authored in lab with a Sonic Scenarist station so it could not have been the mpeg.
I think people who slam RITEK left and right and CLAIM to be experts should seriously look at their DVD writers, firmware revisions, and at WHAT SPEED they burn their discs. I ALWAYS burn at 4x no matter what. I think that burning at anything higher is chancing it - perhaps burning at higher speed on CLASS B media and below is risky and COULD be concern for longevity. I personally have not had ANY trouble with CLASS B RITEK/RIDATA media burnt at 4x - and despite I have put some discs through torture tetss and stored under hot and humid temps without as much as 1 CRC error over a year later.
I cannot speak about other brands, I use MAXELL. Now I have seen very poor KPROBE scans with MEMOREX DVD+R using RITEK dyes, there again MEMOREX does not provide lifetime waranties either and their quality control is virtually unxistant, much like the other CRAPPY brands people buy to save a nickel or two.
Also after burning the media in some cases you can "spot" defects on the media (no pun intended) - when you notice rings, blemishes or other imperfections in the dye that should be a sure sign..... Also a lot of people store their CDs in direct light, or apply crappy labels or use markers....of course there are MANY factors that will deteriorate a disc - now yes some people will claim they properly store their discs.....but to have it unreadable after a few months is extreme and I would question under what BRAND they were sold and where they bought it. MAXELL would be out of business by now if there were any known problems - A colleague of mine has a business and mass produces thousands of DVD and copies for weddings and corporate events, he uses MAXELL DVD+R, RITEKR02 and R03, and he would be out of business by now - you can imagine the customers calling months later to complain about unreadable DVDs. This is not to say that there probably are crappy RITEKS out there, I have seen plenty of crappy RICOHJPN, particularly those I got from FUJIFILM......but it's a hit and miss with less known brands.