[QUOTE=SeanW;2149396]Check the country of origin of your Verbatims.
Made In India Verbs have a poor reputation here - the ones you need are Made In Singapore.
Taiyo Yuden does make some -R DLs but they’re expensive and hard to find outside Japan.[/QUOTE]
Yeah, I’ve never had Indian Verbatims, only Sinaporean. 'bout a year ago all batches I used were awesome, gave very good burns and very few duds. The most recent batches, even though rated 8x, gave me about 30% coasters (and I only burn @ 4x). What up with that? Cutting corners? I had one such very bad batch (all burns I made turned to coasters) which I managed to send back courtesy Amazon’s very reasonable return policy (I use Amazon.de).
The bottom line, I guess, is that it’s either Verbatim or bust, right? That’s, really, a sad situation. Imagine, after all this time in which DL blanks and DL-capable drives boasting 10x(?) or better DL burning speeds have been on the market, all we have is just [I]one [/I]company that can (could?) be trusted, and that one started to slip… What’s happening? I would’ve expected dozens or even hundreds of good blank DL choices after almost 10(?) years on the market, and yet there’s just one…
Can anyone explain to me what the mystery is? Not making money out of DL blanks? Tight margins?