I also noticed & mentioned in a 3rd thread a few weeks back that a few of the the current FTI/Falcons are visibly showing faded dye in places & completely failing on 1st burn. In my case, it's been a small percentage, but it's still frightening. At least one other person has mentioned significant failure rates with recent FTI's on another thread here.
I just ordered some 8x TY's to see if they are any better then current 16x, but what getit29 stated is also my point, "it is not what most are accustomed to seeing from first rate media like the scans from back in the old days".
One of the reasons I am so gun shy with discs:
Back in the really old days before I knew better I burned a couple hundred Ricoh/Maxells (RICOHJPN-R01-002) purchased at local chain stores, & ALL of them had faded dye & would only play about 1/2 way through in less than 6 months.
I'm currently going through a project to re-burn all of my mass market cdr's (Maxell, TDK, Sony, various pc store's house brands), again purchased several years ago before I knew better. While I've only found 1 that was completely unreadable on all 16 players & drives I own, I've found quite a few where at least a few tracks were unrippable.
One commercially pressed cdr would only play back on an old Cyberhome stand alone dvd player. While the Cyberhome's picture quality is dreadful, that $40 Cyberhome has the best reading drive I've ever run across! Many years ago I emailed Cyberhome asking just what they were using for the transport & if the same drive was available for pc's. Unfortunately their ended up being an apparent language barrier, they didn't understand my question.