[QUOTE=DrageMester;2104571]The data and reflective layers of CD media are near the top of the disc, and if those get damaged so does your data. So the top layer is an essential part of the protection of the disc.
So I wouldn’t say that shiny silver TY CD-Rs and branded TY CD-Rs are exactly the same. A big part of the difference between e.g. TY shiny silver CD-R and Maxell Pro or Plextor branded TY CD-R is the protective top layer.
I haven’t had any of the shiny silver TY CD-R myself, so I’m not sure exactly how weak the top layer is, but from what I’ve seen on these forums, they are not well protected. Personally I’d go for printable TY CD-R instead or branded TY CD-R with good protective top layer.[/QUOTE]
I’ve been using the silver top Taiyo Yuden CD-R’s for years - and have never had one that incurred a deep scratch due to thin silver layer or deteriorated in any way - but they are a fingerprint magnet - to the point that I bought 200 Fuji branded TY CD-R’s just because of the fingerprints-eh!!