I feel like this sounds like a stupid question, but with the only exception being NOS, my experience of the last 2-3 years has been that shiny silver tops scan MUCH better than White tops. I have no idea WHY that would be the case, but it's what I'm seeing.
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NOS Sonys that I bought here average 100-200 total PIF's
A current manufacture cake box of silvers I bought from Amazon a few months back averaged 800 or so (best new manufacture I'd seen in aprox 2-3 years)
Yesterday got a tape wrap of Pro's from Meritline with White Tops. I expected them to be better then the cake box, as the tape wraps don't rattle in transit. These are averaging 3500-4000 PIF's under identical conditions.
I've also seen this phenomenon consistently with CDR's for several years, & with FTI DVD9's. The old FTI Ricoh Value Line silver top DVD9's scanned much better for me than current FTI white topped pro's!
The most recent exception I've seen were the TDK/FTI minus white tops from about 3 years ago were quite good.
I get that this makes no sense, but there's got to be a reason.
Thoughts? (No flames, please!)