I've asked this question a few times already since I've started using this board, but so far no one gave me a conclusive answer.
The general trend I see in posts is people tell you to buy TY or Verbatim and don't consider other brands if you want reliability.
However, depending on the combination of burner and software each person haves, some cheaper discs give out great quality scans, sometimes as good as with those oh-so-famous-oh-so-great TY or Verbatim.
So why paying more ? I mean, the only criteria I'm aware of to know how good a disc should be in one's burner is testing it with a software scanner like Nero CD Speed or K-Probe. If I get the same level of quality in those scans using a very expensive media and a not so expensive media, what other factors should I know about that would make me pay more ?
Some people will say, an expensive disc will last more. But what is that statement based on, exactly, if that expensive disc gives no better a scan than the cheaper disc in my burner ? This stuff has been around for so little time, who actually knows that for a fact ? Aren't people just falling to the good old pay-for-the-brand-name trap ? If not, I'd like to hear the arguments that can prove me otherwise.
Sure, I see lots of posts badmouthing this or that media and controversial posts about some brands. But they all seem to come from people that just got bad luck with a particular media and the combination of burner and software they're using, or got a bad batch, or ignored not so good scans, or didn't even scan the discs originally after burning them and then complain about having problems with them after a period of time.
My basic question is this:
[B]Do people know for a fact that an expensive media will last longer than a not so expensive media, when they both produce the same scan quality in the same burner and system ? If so, why ?[/b]
Thank you very much.