The other day I was “backing up” one of my movies. During the inspection; thats what I call it when after EVERY burn when I look at the readable side of the disc for visable distortions in the dye, the truth became clearer to me. I was paying for the most expensive discs on the market, and getting “value line” Taiyo Yudens. Why was I doing this? Well, this is an example of the “new math”.
Put on hold whatever “value line” means.
Its varying definitions and interpretations have their own pages. It is NOT marketed as equals to the 8x or 16x. It is meant to say to us, the consumer, “Hey you, dont spend the extra money to simply burn the DVD at a faster rate, after all, you only burn it once.”
I listened, I did the math and said, I am a person who values value, if I may. Further, the fact that they burn at 12x on my NEC 3540 gave me the feeling of having the “poor mans 16X disc”.
Well, burn after burn and spindle after spindle from online merchants ranging from Supermediastore to Shop4tech, I continued having discs with visable distortions in the dye. They would even trip up my standable DVD player. Aside from the fact that it became annoying to look every burn under a flourescent light, it was time consuming. That raised another question. Is my time, and aggrevation worth money? Of course it is.
What did I finally come up with?
Though it may sound obvious to some, there is a market out there selling “value line” dvds made by manufactuers ranging from Taiyo Yuden, to Prodisc.
I know TY has a great reputation, but consider the new math. Pay a little more and get the more expensive ones.
The initial cost is lower, but in the end, the value in “value line” is not for you, but for the merchant who wishes you a speedy reorder.
P.S. It is great now that I am off Taiyo Yuden 4X. I am clean and sober. I feel like myself again. You wouldn’t believe the free time I have.
Best of Luck!