i've been trying to find a good brand to buy bulk dvdr to reburn all my aging cd collection. i've tried ty, ricoh, ritek, various cheap junk, but haven't found anything i'm perfectly happy with to do the whole job yet. it will be a big job and i want to get it right, i'm starting to get impatient. and i've recently tried a tdk spindle which are CMC MAGE01 and are giving consistently good scans. meanwhile my TY -R's from jpldisplays.com have been giving conistently poor scans in comparison.
i've read these forums and seen a lot of people panning these CMC MAGE01. i'm also wary of CMC because they were the manufacturer of some horrible "LASER" branded cdr which have given me a lot of trouble in the bad old days.
here is an example of my results..these are both burned at 4x with same firmware (SOHW-832S VS0G).
note that the CMC MAGE01 burn isn't a fluke, they're repeatably good. however, this particular TY scan is worse than usual...PIF are usually a lot lower, with average usually single figure - but the PI is consistently solid blue above 100. i've also tried some expensive TV +R ("That's") which scanned better than the jpldisplays discs, but not as good as these CMC MAGE01.
so my question is, what to do:
use these tdk spindles and trust the k-probe scans? or trust good brand reputation of ty? the tdk and ty spindles are similarly priced.
or, should i use neither and keep waiting/looking?
oh i also have another little question, sometimes when i get a near perfect scan in kprobe i still don't get a perfect reading curve in nero CD/DVD speed. shouldn't a good scan mean good reading curve? or is there something screwy with my drive?