Verbatim +R DL (MIS…made in singapore) is the only consistently recommended DL media as pointed out above. Sadly, Taiyo Yuden does not manufacture +R DL media. They did produce -R DL media for a short time, but died a quick, ugly death as there was virtually no firmware support and -R DL is not reliable when it comes to video archiving.
Unfortunately the only way to [B]be certain[/B] of getting MIS is to look at the spindle label. Initially, you could tell by the label color or if the verbs were MKM 003 (10X media), but now all bets are off.
There seems to be more MKM 001 (MIS) media out there now. I suspect Verbatim finally started to wise up a bit.
The customer reviews are not wholly reliable, but if folks are saying they’re receiving MIS consistently, it may be worth a shot.
I know newegg reviews tend to name the manufacturer location more frequently than some other online retailers.
It’s always a good idea to check out the cdf bargain basement subforum. CDFreaks tend to stay on top of this and often has a thread re: verb DL media.
As far as the brick and mortar stores…
Sam’s club had a great deal a while back…50 pk MKM 001 (MIS) for about $57. I’ve had good luck with Office Max as well. BestBuy has been lousy in my locale, but others have had good luck.
Anyway, good luck…