First off, in the context of “good” or “bad” here, I’m talking about data reliability…that you can come back to your DVD after burning it years later and still have the data intact. So I hope I didn’t offend any brand fans with my title!
From what I’ve read, Pioneer drives apparently do better on bad media than other drives. LiteOns are supposedly more sensitive to media quality (I have a LiteOn SOHW-812S that is a frisbee factory with CMC Magnetics/Prodisc dyes).
Do you think the more economical option would be to go for a Pioneer drive with cheap media? Or a LiteOn with more expensive media?
I want the burnt DVDs to still work after some time. Will cheap discs burnt even with the best writer degrade over time?