Well, now in the age of DVD writers, there seems to be very little discussion about CD writers. I burn alot of audio CD’s. I mean a ton. I have two rigs that I use to burn on multiple recorders. Here’s the hitch: The one I mosty use has two NEC drives. A 3500 which writes everything really well, and a 3540 that makes a real mess of Ritek disks. As I understand it, Ritek CDs are pretty decent, so I just bought 500. I use Taiyo Yuden for all my archival stuff, but I burn a truckload of, “church CD’s,” for people that I give away free of charge. (It’s actualy more of a spiritual group who don’t drink alcohol if you really must know) I need to keep my media costs as minimal as possible. CMC stuff burns well for me, but I can’t find info on who’s using CMC stock for CD’s. Videohelp only lists stuff for DVD.
1.) I’m going to keep the 3500 in this machine, for really obvious reasons… but I’d like to pull the 3540 and replace it with something that writes cheap(er) CD-R media well. I’d like to keep the cost down too, so I’m leaning toward a couple CD-R writers VS DVD writers. (I may also bite the bullet and go with DVD writers so they’re more useful, but I’m not gonna spend $60, or even $50 bucks apeice on them either.)
What do you all recomend? I’d really like to be able to either choose a couple $16-$20 CD writers, or a couple $30 DVD writers that are proven to write lower cost CD-R very well. If you’re recomending DVD writers, I would really prefer something that writes TYG02/03, TY T02, and MCC004 very well. I’d also prefer drives that can do accurate quality scans. (I guess I want it all) Lightscribe would be a nice bonus, but is definately NOT one of my primary concerns. (Ok, just shy of all :p)
All recomendations MUST BE PATA
2.) Any help identifying what manufacturers are using CMC stock would be much appriciated. I actualy hate Ritek, as I’ve been burned enough by them, (once for me. I learned quick!) and would prefer to use someone elses media. Unfortunately, I can’t just buy CMC media at shop4tech or supermediastore for $22/100 shipped and be done with it. There is no, “CMC unbranded media.” I just bought those 500 Riteks because I got in on a clearance of Office Depot branded disks for $9.99/100, shipped, as the order was over $50.00 once I added some paperclips. Sometimes ya gotta make a deal with the devil, as it were. lol I can seem myself having to use Ritek FOR CD-R MEDIA ONLY in the future, so I might as well adjust to that fact.
Any other cheap media recomendations are also appriciated, but only if the stuff is gonna stand the test of time at least reasonably well. (None of that crap that starts flaking apart in 6 months, PLEASE!)
I know I’m asking alot here, but I have faith in the collective cheapness of my fellow freaks. I mean, um, err, ability to find great VALUE! lol
PS, if you’ve got something you might sell at a fair price that you’ve outgrown, PM me.