Originally posted by terminalvelocd
[B]The Fujifilm packages you want are the PLAIN (not the multi-coloured discs) 48x spindles OR jewel cases. They're 80 minutes in length BUT they're higher quality than ANY 74 minute disc, mainly because 80 minute discs require stricter quality control. Have a look at the KProbe scans around on this forum and you'll see why I recommend them. These discs are made by Taiyo Yuden (the original and still the best) and use Super Cyanine dye. All Taiyo Yuden's discs are produced in Japan at Taiyo Yuden's manufacturing plant. Generally, any CD-R disc made in Japan is of good quality.
I don't know if you can find these discs in the US, but Taiyo Yuden has it's own brand called "That's CD-R". There is a White Printable EX version of the That's CD-R and they are the best CD-R's I've ever used. Luckily I've still got five 10-pack cartons of these! :bigsmile:
The Verbatim 16x is not made any more and is very hard to find, however, you may be able to find some leftover stock or other discs that use the same dye, such as the Yamaha DiscT@2 discs, although they are really too expensive to consider. Mitsubishi/Verbatim's CD-R Audio also uses the Metal Azo dye, but they're not very reliable on PC burners, because of their slow recording speed (LiteOn's SMART-BURN limits them to 12x) and higher error rate.
So to wrap things up, stick with Taiyo Yuden-made CD-Rs and you should be VERY happy. [/B]
OK, so are the only Japanese-made CD-Rs on the market made by Taiyo Yuden or shouldn't I trust that "Made in Japan" text on a package? If every "Made in Japan" pack of CD-Rs is definitely 100% made by Taiyo Yuden, I should just look for the "Made in Japan" text, right? I never saw "That's CD-R"-branded CD-Rs before in the US so, this may not be an option for me. I'm looking on www.mediasupply.com for CD-Rs so, if you know of a cheaper place that sells Taiyo Yuden-made blank CD-Rs to customers in the US, please let me know. Thanks again.
PS: What's "KProbe scans"?
(Edit: After running a search for "That's CD-R" on Google, I notice that only Japanese, Korean, and English pages from OUTSIDE THE US show up. Mainly Japan, Korea, and Australia. Looks like I'm out of luck with "That's CD-R". I may have to order the Taiyo Yuden blanks from www.mediasupply.com ...)