god of burning: Drop the attitude, try to be sociable once in a while… I’ve had some azo CDs die untouched, with dark spots appearing on them after a couple of years, and they’re not suitable for high speeds, few burners get a good, fast burn on the Azos, I can only record them at 24x most, and I’m sure more people here have had problems with them. Your burner might like them, but they’re far from the top.
I’ve done home-tests on Prodiscs vs TYs here, and my TYs lasted about 20 days in the sun before dying. (Tested every other day, facing 105F heat, brilliant sunlight all day long and fierce rain during the night.) The prodiscs have survived the test. And TY is the best quality non-phthalo discs you can get IMO and in most people’s opinion too, (and that’s probably why they’re supposed to be the subject of this thread and even though they failed faster on critical conditions, I still use them because they’re reliable in real-world conditions.)
Mechanical resistance has nothing to do with the dye, you must have been using phthalo CDs with a weak top layer, maybe shiny tops or some of the worst unbranded stuff, not saying that the top layer on verbatims are good because they’re not exactly great. (Sticky on high-humidity environment, spots missing the layer…) Plus, the top layer comes off easily with water.
Okay, 4 minutes was a slight exaggeration, now that I’m looking at benchmarks, it’s about 3 minutes on average… Which is still a great portion of the burning time.
16x burning takes on average 6 minutes and some 10, 20 seconds… (Yamaha, Acer, the burners I tested.) 32x burning takes 3:30 (Cyberdrive, the one I have close to me at the moment.) Full times including lead-in and lead-out, measured according to Nero.
You can’t compare a burner to a car, the burner’s made to use its max speed, the car is not. A burner’s specifically tuned for those speeds, and many burners exhibit higher error rates at lower speeds on most media, especially on the really lower-end of the speed spectrum.
The bigger stress on the burning laser is one of the reasons thay most high-speed burners don’t record at really low speeds, according to some manufacturers.
Mods, sorry for the off-topic.