Whilst sipping on my morning ritual coffee, I had a brain spark a few minutes ago. Some people, more inclined new members, seem to be a little baffled over what dye is which and just how good they are. So I came up with a coffee analogy. (Contains coffee controversy )
First - Imagine that the dye reliability is like tasting coffee, and burners are tasters.
Okay, so imagine that Taiyo Yuden (TYG02, TYG03, etc) is like Nescafe Gold - An expensive choice compared to it's competitors, but has a wonderful smooth taste to it which makes it very likeable on by tasters. It's expensive because the taste (dye reliability) is excellent.
Imagine now that Verbatim walks onto the scene offering it's Kenco equivilant. Although not as "good" as Nescafe, it still has an excellent taste and is slightly cheaper than the competitors.
Now, imagine the same with CMC Magnetics media. This is like getting the run of the mill supermarket brand variety - You're never really be sure what you're going to get and as a result, like Maxwell House, it can leave a bitter taste in your mouth - All the same under various different brands of coffee. Very much a case of "You Get What You Pay For." - The taste is either you like it or you don't.
Lastly, we have Ritek. Although in the same supermarket coffee league as CMC, Ritek is like the premium version of the supermarket coffee. Better than CMC, but Ritek's previous generation of coffee, RitekG05, proved to be a disaster that alienated consumers, but they managed to repackage their coffee and release a different taste under the RitekF1 / F16 brand of coffees.
I've never tried RiCOH coffee, so I'm not sure what it tastes like. But, others tell me that the taste is much better than CMC and slightly better than Ritek, but perhaps not quite as good as Kenco or Nescafe.
Post your own thoughts below!